Netbooks sales â€“ which have been on a hot streak for a while -- are about to get super-heated this fall with the release of Windows 7. With the critics hailing Windows 7 as fast, stable, and easier to use, consumers will be quick to embrace it. This is the first time people can buy a netbook with a new operating system.
When looking for a new computer a lot of people ask their technologically inclined friend what options they need and which ones to pass on. One question that comes up more often these days from notebook shoppers is, "Do I need a GPU?"
It used to be that any question about graphics came back to whether or not the purchaser was a gamer but anymore adding a GPU or Graphical Processing Unit to your notebook is about more than gaming.
Microsoft announced that Windows 7 hit the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone, which means we are on the verge of the launch of the first Windows operating system to enable true coprocessing native to the Operating System. No longer are GPUs limited to rendering and accelerating graphics and video.
Today we announced the completion of the GeForce 200M Series of GPUs with the introduction of five new GPUs. These additions to the GeForce 200M Series are engineered to deliver up to twice the graphics performance with up to half the idle power consumption for every market segment. The GeForce 200M Series are Windows 7-ready and provide GPU computing horsepower for the growing number of GPU- accelerated applications.
I explained earlier that one of the key reasons NVIDIA went to a downloadable driver model for notebooks was to enable new features for customers with capable graphics processors (GPUs). The backbone to this is NVIDIA CUDA technology and the emergence of consumer applications that benefit from parallel computing, which is where GPUs really excel.
When NVIDIA went to a driver model that allowed consumers to update their notebook graphics drivers direct from NVIDIA, we enabled millions of notebook users to enjoy the benefits of our CUDA parallel computing architecture. One application that was released today that is a great example of how CUDA makes life better is vReveal from MotionDSP.
Back in 2004 our notebook partners faced a tough problem â€“ every notebook needed to be custom engineered for each GPU. That might not make a difference to consumers, who just buy complete notebooks with a GPU inside, but the problem with custom engineering is that it takes a lot more time and effort to bring a notebook to the market with the latest GPU.
Valentineâ€™s Day is right around the corner, so here is a little shopping tip for that special someone in your life. The Dell Studio XPS 13 is a sexy little black and silver 13-inch notebook with leather accents. Yes, I just used sexy and leather to describe a computer. The beauty is in the details: an edge-to-edge display, anodized aluminum, backlit everything, a whisper quiet keyboard and a premium fit and finish.
NVIDIA's announced a quarterly driver release program for NVIDIA GeForce GPUs on NVIDIA.com. By leveraging an intelligent installer and modular driver design, NVIDIA's quarterly driver release is able to provide a dramatic increase in performance and functionality without sacrificing any of the vendor-specific customizations for your particular notebook.
The guys from NVIDIA showed me a demo of 1080p video playing on the an NVIDIA Ion reference design. This little computer is the precursor to netbooks that will be capable of playing high definition video.
NVIDIA's new Ion platform is built to deliver a fully capable PC in a netbook form factor. Drew Henry showed me the reference platform, which combines an Intel Atom processor with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. This combination means you can enjoy high definition content or even play video games.
Some high-end notebooks will soon be available with its highest performing mobile GPUs- the 880M GTX and 8800M GTS. NVIDIA claims the 8800M GTX is the fastest notebook GPU and can deliver the best gaming experience for hardcore gamers.
NVIDIA announced a high-end graphics processing unit for gaming and multimedia notebooks today. The GeForce 8700M GT is the newest and fastest GPU in the GeForce 8M series, supporting DirectX 10 gaming performance and HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback.
NVIDIA announced a new line of notebook GPUs aimed at mainstream users and gamers alike. In this podcast, NVIDIA product manager Ravi Kashik talks about the benefits of the new 8M GPUs and explains why Vista users need a powerful GPU to get the most from their notebooks.