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NVIDIA Preface

NVIDIA® Preface™ Technology

Your Information Access Made Simple

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Preface and a laptop Imagine being able to check an address or read an email, or listen to your music playlist without having to boot up your entire PC. The NVIDIA® Preface™ technology provides “always on” access to information on your Windows Vista PC, saving you time and maximizing battery usage for your everyday tasks.

This technology enables a secondary display that gives users the ability to view data from their notebook or PC through the new Windows® SideShow™ interface, a new feature of the Windows Vista™ operating system, even when the main system is powered down. Since the Preface platform is so power-efficient, it can run for hundreds of hours without draining your battery. Major manufacturers have recently announced notebooks with NVIDIA Preface built into the lid.

A Window of Information into Your PC

Provides “always on” access to live or synchronized data on your Windows Vista PCs
  • Get your most necessary information through a secondary display even when your PC is off or disconnected from the display.
    • Obtain data embedded in calendar, emails, presentations, documents, RSS feeds, music files, pictures files and gadgets
    • Play games, enjoy music, and share pictures
    • Automatically synchronize information between your Preface-enabled secondary device and your Windows Vista PC using USB or Bluetooth
Extends battery life
  • Preface is designed for low-power consumption on your secondary device
  • Reduces the number of times you need to power up your Windows Vista PC
Various Form Factors for NVIDIA Preface

In addition to the ability to embed the Preface in a notebook lid, the Preface technology can also be seamlessly designed into existing devices and lifestyle items, such as:
  • Preface credit-card sized Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • gaming companion displays for monitoring system or game statistics
  • media center SideShow-enabled remote controls with Bluetooth
  • backpacks, carrying cases, wallets and clothing

So whatever the form factor or hosting device, customers will have access to their information via Windows SideShow.

Preface Gadgets and Applications
NVIDIA is working hand in hand with Microsoft® to proliferate SideShow technology to the Windows Vista gadget developer ecosystem, providing support for the design of SideShow-enabled gadgets that extend applications beyond the everyday desktop computing environment –all with high power efficiency.

NVIDIA Preface uses the Microsoft® .NET Micro Framework to display the Windows SideShow user interface. The .NET Micro framework provides a small and efficient footprint for displaying Gadget, a Windows SideShow data and user information module for Preface. In addition to gadgets, Preface supports “native” applications that take advantage of rich media, communication and streaming capabilities.

Gadgets and Other Mini Applications available for the Preface platform

News Feed Gadget
Weather Watcher
System Stats
Music Player
Audio Decode – MP3, WMA, WAV
Post Processing – EQ and other special effects

Productivity Tools

World Clock, Date, Time, Alarm
Stop Watch
Lid Closed System and Application Control
Photo and Video Playback and Remote Control
NVIDIA Photo Slide Show
Video Decode – JPEG, MJPEG
NVIDIA Video Player
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Center Edition Gadgets
Universal Remote Control with Preface
Electronic Program Guide
Live Web or local camera monitoring
Security and home control

System Intelligence

User Name / Information
System Information Model Number
Serial Number
OEM Support
Technical Contact Information
System Functions
Updated System State
Battery Facts
Notebook Power and Connectivity Status
Password / Screen Lock support
Language Settings
Theme Settings

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