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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.

Is your existing PC hardware ready for Windows 7

Monday, January 19th, 2009

With the outstanding launch of the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft, there are a number of bloggers who ware wondering noticeably about how perfectly the new operating system from Microsoft would run on their older hardware. This is an interesting and important question given by the symbiotic relationship of Microsoft with its hardware partners as they are actually constantly in search for new ways to convince the computers users to purchase newer and pricier computers.

According to those who are already using the windows 7 pre-beta and the beta release of Microsoft, the new Windows 7 operating system is running pretty fine on their older machines although with a less powerful processor and a less than optimal memory system. However the fact is that as it has been noted over the few previous months that windows 7 would run perfectly well on netbooks, it has actually not been able to accommodate windows vista. Additionally Microsoft has also trimmed the memory and size footprints of the new windows 7 operating system while still building the system on top of the windows vista kernel.

However with all this said, it seems that Microsoft and all their PC partners are not very keen on watching people use windows 7 operating system on older machines. They basically want to encourage computer users to purchase new and preferable a bit expensive computer to run windows 7. This seems to be a part of the reason why OEMs and Microsoft are pushing their multi-touch PCs as a new and ht feature for the forthcoming PC for windows 7 operating system. Although Microsoft could also support their older XDDM drivers for windows 7 they might even do so and would start sending mixed messages about their intention to move users to new WDDM driver model and also about their desire to attract more users to purchase new computers.

It would actually be very interesting to find out if Microsoft can offer their users the option to upgrade directly from windows XP to windows 7 operating system, or whether that the might only offer upgrades from windows vista to windows 7 after windows 7 operating system has been released in its final form. However the question would become even more pressing when you know that windows XP would probably be a bigger competitor for windows 7 compared to any other operating system of Microsoft. This is just like the internet explorer 6 which is one of the internet explorer 7 or 8 most of the formidable rivals from the market share the same prospective. Therefore if windows 7 operating system runs fine or better on your older computer hardware then might also consider installing it on your previous computers rather than purchasing a new computer for windows 7 operating system.