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Nvidiea, Windows 7 and Netbook

Friday, February 27th, 2009

NVIDIA is currently working with the top ten PC manufacturers in order to bring their graphic chips to Netbooks for the first time, says an executive from the company. Further more, an important part of this push is getting their silicon working with Microsoft’s Windows 7 which is a Netbook friendly operating system compared to Vista. Nvidia would soon release Windows 7 beta drivers for Ion Netbook silicon which it will be handling over in the market. Additionally, Nvidia also demonstrated the applications running on windows 7 while also announcing that their Ion platform is also certified for Windows Vista.

The Ion chipset strengthens its base from GeForce 6400M graphics chipset of Nvidia which can easily handle graphics tasks in MacBook line of Apple. Their aim is to replace Intel silicon which supports the Atom process and also make the notebook perform much like a standard laptop. Currently the Netbooks form companies like Asus, Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard use Atom with a supplementary Intel chipset. Dan Vivoli the senior vice president of Nvidia said in an interview that there is no use in purchasing a notebook that cannot do what a PC can do.

In fact, Intel has taken a small step towards this direction. The company increased their ante by shipping a new chipset and Atom N280 processor on an Intel based Atom system for the first time which is capable of running 720p high definition videos. The graphics silicon which can handle this 720p video is considered a small requirement for the large mainstream laptops. However Nvidia, the largest chipmaker in the world probably believes that minimal graphics would not be good enough. Vivoli said that, according to his when Intel had introduced their 740 graphics chip in 1998 there was a worry about not wanting anything beyond that but it did not happen.

The 740 graphics chip ultimately faded away as a chip from 3dfx, from the ATI Technologies and later Nvidia defeated it in the marketplace. As companies generally tend to exaggerate the prospects of any new products, Nvidia also falls in the same category. However there seems to be much at stakes than usual as getting graphics of Nvidia into small devices, where their graphics have always been almost entirely absent it is imperative for their growth.

Vivoli said that he had never seen a product since long which generated so much of excitement that Ian at Apple and at Microsoft, and with anyone they exposed it said they had no idea of Nvidia bringing this type of experience on a platform that is so small and inexpensive. He further said that the big names you have come across are currently working on the Ion design, which is among the top ten companies. However the CEO of Nvidia Jen-Hsun Haung, claimed that Nvidia had the Ion notebook project taking place throughout the world and so most of this actually depends on the success of their customers and the new platform that is chosen.

nVIDIA dropped Q4 sales

Monday, January 19th, 2009

According to the recent warning report posted by NVIDIA it stated that their forth quarter results that would soon show up, it expects a nearly 40 to 50 percent decline in its revenues from the third quarter. However the graphics company cited that the reason for this drop is the further weakness in the end user’s demand and also the inventory reductions by the channel partners of NVIDIA in the global PC supply chain.

This 40 to 50 percent is actually a very severe drop especially when they have stated that the fourth quarter revenues of NVIDIA will have risen from its third quarters and this also shows the weakness of the PC market today. The discrete graphics company is the strong partner of NVIDIA and so this company is also quite exposed to the drops in the global hunger of notebooks and PCs but this demand for them has absolutely dropped. This is the reason why NVIDIA is trying to push their HPC or high performance computing solutions such as Telas up-markets into the supercomputers and also their down market of mobile graphics parts into the notebooks through Ion.

Additionally Intel had also raised their forth quarter earnings recently which estimated downwards as it had expected to show nearly 20 percent drop in their revenues when compared to the previous quarters. The revenue drop could have even been worse for the company if it was not for Atom and the volatile growth in notebook sales. This can be the reason why NVIDIA considers Ion very important to the company as they need the notebook action on and going.

You can just recall that Ion is the name for a platform for NVIDIA which combines Atom of Intel with mobile GPU of NVIDIA. However shortly after NVIDIA had announced the platform there are already rumors that claim that NVIDIA had actually moved to stop itself from coming into the global markets. Additionally Intel would deny the rumors by responding that anyone is allowed to purchase Atom as the stand along part to combine it with whatever they think of. However there was actually some digging done into the story of Ion at CES, but although there are not clear reports on the story, it can still be stated that NVIDIA will clearly want to bring Ion into the PC market and also a great online response to the announcements of the platform which has been very positive. Therefore if you would not be seeing Ion based netbooks on the channels then there can only be two possible reasons for it which can be that either OEMs are just not interested in partnering with Ion or that Intel has really managed to put up some type of roadblock.

NVIDIA enhances graphics performance on notebooks

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

NVIDIA had a look on increasing popularity of ‘netbooks’ and drew the conclusion that something is missing- quality of visual performance demanded by users within the developed market. Hence, graphics chip-makers got set to have worked on constructing the Ion hardware platform with respect to tiny form-factor desktops and notebooks constructed on Atom processors of Intel. Moreover, early returns have suggested that such a thing can be one of the category killers.

ChannelWeb saw ‘Ion’ in action at NVIDIA’s headquarters on 15th of December, 2008. Its platform comprises of a motherboard (atom-based), paired with GeForce 9400 onboard graphics processor, complete CUDA support, and ridiculous quantity of I/O.

Team of NVIDIA demonstrated Ion within an ultra-small ‘desktop reference design’. This Ion is better known as ‘nettop’. However, platform has also been built for ‘mobile PCs’. The small desktop that was seen fitted in palm (of one hand). Moreover, it was just a ‘mess’ of ports. It wasn’t the slimmest-looking device. However, it was handy, as far as showing off graphics support was concerned and acceleration that was built by NVIDIA in to Ion.

NVIDIA went on to run the demo for making the product look better. However, results of neck-to-neck competition between standard netbook (atom-based) and Ion nettop with GMA 950 integrated graphics of Intel were spectacular. NVIDIA moved ahead with having fired up ‘Call of Duty 4′ without even a hitch; while Intel netbook went on to struggle to even have booted ‘visually rich’ PC game. Ion system also boasted of better video playback; thanks to ‘full-spec’ 1080p badaboom and HD video support, GPU-tapping ‘video Transco ding accelerator (from Elemental Technologies).

NVIDIA, already having its ‘GeForce 9400 GPUs’ within recent line of ‘Apple MacBooks’, has said that it has expected Ion-based netbooks to be priced at around $50 greater than present systems based on GMA 950. For extra cash, sixteen ‘graphics processing cores’ can be obtained by users, which deliver fifty-two Gflops of ‘processing power’, which seems to be a compelling story, at least from the perspective of the reviewers.

ChannelWeb has been quite bearish with regards to netbooks, in spite of hype and hooplah created about these products. That is basically due to the fact that it is being heard from retailers, resellers, and OEMs about extremely large numbers of ‘netbooks’ that’re being returned by purchasers, especially in markets of North America.

As said by sources, reason behind returns is that the users within mature markets might get fascinated by promise and price of notebooks, and might get completely disappointed with shortcomings of the same while getting them back home. Graphics shortcomings are the largest ones amongst factors of disappointment. These days, users, business travelers and commuters in particular wish to have quality playback on computing devices operating at the primary level.

As an outcome, makers of netbooks have, in certain cases, gone ahead with the amendment of their wild-eyed, earlier promotions of novel category. For instance- HP now markets HP mini-Note PCs in the form of complementary device of computing (not the primary one).

NVIDIA GeForce Release New Drivers

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

If you are using a GeForce 200-series or 8800 series or a 9 series desktop GPU then you will surely be excited about the good news you have. The new NVIDIA GeForce has releases their new 180 drivers that will surely give your system a performance boast, which means that it will increase your computer system performance. Most of the people have downloaded and also installed the latest GeForce Release 180 drivers or the 180.48 drivers of NVIDIA for their GTX 280 systems and GTX 260 systems and they have found a noticeable and dramatic difference in the performance of their computer system.

NVIDIA are actually very frank about boasting their new drivers. They have also released some highlights that make some courageous claims. NVIDIA states that this new GeForce release 180 drivers will

  • Increase the performance to nearly about 18 percent in the world of conflicts
  • Increase the performance to nearly about 80 percent for Lost Planet: Colonies
  • Increase the performance to nearly about 18 percent in Race Driver: GRID
  • Increase the performance to nearly about 38 percent in Far Cry 2
  • Increase performance to up to 25 percent in the Devil May Cry 4
  • Nearly 10 percent performance increase for Crysis Warhead
  • Increase the performance to nearly 15 percent for Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  • It increases the performance in BioShock to nearly 13 percent
  • The same performance increase of 13 percent in Assassin’s Creed and
  • Increase performance to nearly 10 percent in 3DMark Vantage the performance preset.

With some of the quick tests that were carried out on Vista Ultimate 64-bit system that had GTX 260/QZ9770 and 8GB of RAM which is system that is daily used but is not optimized for gaming and the tests showed some remarkable improvements in its performance. These performance increases are:

  • World of Conflicts to nearly 11 percent
  • Far Cry 2 to nearly 18 percent
  • Crysis Warhead to nearly 7 percent and
  • 3DMark Vantage showed up nearly 7 percent performance increase.

Apart from this there an overall system performance increase was also observed. Those who conducted the tests feel that the graphics were much smoother and also the odd hesitation that were felt before in most parts of the Far Cry 2 and Crysis Warhead games which both run at very high graphics quality was entirely vanished. These are surely some of the best results that you can avail from a driver update.

Additionally NVIDIA has also included some new features like:

  • Enables NVIDIA PhysX acceleration for a keen GeForce graphics card as it used one card is used for graphics while dedicates a different card for PhysX processing for the changing physical effects in the game.
  • NVIDIA SLI Multi-monitor support is enabled letting you utilize two monitors supported by GeForce cards under SLI mode. Through this feature you can easily switch between a 3D gaming mode in full-screen and multi-monitor desktop mode.
  • It enables NVIDIA SLI technology for SLI certified Intel X58-based motherboards that have GPU as GeForce 9800 GTX, GeForce 9800 GTX+, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce GTX 260 and GeForce GTX 280.