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nVidia nTeresting News 27 March 2011

In this Issue:

  • T-Mobile has a new super product stack, the Tegra-powered LG G2x super phone and the G-Slate tablet.
  • GeForce GTX 590...two GPUs, world's fastest and whisper quiet.
  • GeForce/Sandy Bridge laptops are everywhere.
  • 3D TVs sales are growing, 3DTV Play expands their content.
  • The computing platform of the future is an ARM processor coupled with an NVIDIA GPU.
  • GTC 2011 is coming, and you can submit your GPU computing story.
  • New Call of Duty map pack comin'!!!

It's a bird, it's a plane....
It's a new super phone and tablet with Tegra. This time for T-Mobile. The Tegra-powered LG G2x super phone and G-Slate tablet are here.

"The G2X has a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and the resulting performance is immediately apparent when handling the phone. Scrolling through menus felt very smooth, and launching graphic-intensive apps like Google Maps took milliseconds. We played a few high-definition videos on the device, and were able to jump to different parts of the video with zero latency."

And Tegra Zone is preloaded on the G2x so you can access the best Android games for your super phone quickly.

"The G2x is the first super phone to come preloaded with NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app, a free app on the Android Market that connects mobile gamers to high-quality HD games for Tegra devices. Games on the Tegra Zone include high-end titles with 3D graphics such as Dungeon Defenders: First Wave Deluxe HD, which uses the Unreal Engine 3 for 3D graphics. Other games include Samurai II: Vengeance, Fruit Ninja THD, Vendetta Online and Galaxy on Fire 2 HD. NVIDIA is collecting premium Android games with impressive graphics and smoother game play."

The G-Slate is a terrific gaming machine, as PC Magazine noticed.

"I'd expect no less from an NVIDIA Tegra 2-based unit, but I wasn't quite prepared for the combination of a terrific graphics chip and a larger screen in things like an airplane-battle game."

GeForce GTX 590, the New King
NVIDIA has introduced the GeForce GTX 590, the fastest dual GPU card available today.

"The fact that the GTX 590 is the fastest card ever made doesn't surprise me. We've come to expect that with each new release from NVIDIA," said Kelt Reeves, president and CEO of Falcon Northwest. "What floors me is the low noise level this card produces. At full speed it's more than 10 decibels quieter than competing dual-GPU cards, which means it's literally half as loud. The fastest card at half the noise -- impressive!"

Did I mention it was also the world's quietest too?

"The GTX 590 is downright silent for a dual GPU card and even gives the normally quiet GTX 580 a good run for its acoustical money."

And the price is right.

"The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 is the best price-performance dual GPU combination available - period."

It really is an impressive engineering feat, if I do say so myself.

"When we were first shown the GTX 580 and 570 by NVIDIA it was clear that they had put some considerable focus on creating cards and GPUs which were offered better build quality and design than the previous generation. With the GTX 590 they have taken another step along that path, creating a dual GPU product which excels in the design and quality department."

Powered by dual NVIDIA Fermi-class GPUs on a single card, the GTX 590 is designed for über enthusiasts and those looking to build the ultimate PC gaming rig.

"The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 graphics solution in our desktops offers THE ultimate gaming experience. The GTX 590 has it all: NVIDIA 3D Surround, dual GPUs, and dual custom vapor chambers to keep the card cool and quiet," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MainGear.

GeForce 500M + Sandy Bridge = Sweet Laptops
PC manufacturers are poised to launch a record 200 new models in the first half of 2011 that combine GeForce GPUs with Sandy Bridge CPUs. Those designs are hitting all over world right now. OEMs are offering enhanced graphics solutions to differentiate their products. Also, many of their customers demand more performance than what Sandy Bridge delivers.

"The Dell XPS 15 (Sandy Bridge) is the result of taking the original Dell XPS 15 ($1,115 direct, 4 stars) and replacing its innards with new hardware from Intel and NVIDIA. This gut-cleaning carved out spots for an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M chipset-two components that will handle any hardcore app with ease."

With Optimus, there is no reason not to have booth.

"NVIDIA GeForce GT540M is not only able to efficiently reduce the system loading but enables DX 11 support for the Aspire 4750G. Moreover, users no longer need to worry about the power-consumption increased by the better performance due to NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables an uncompromising balance between the performance and the battery life."

It makes a great combination. Gigabyte slid it in to a thin chassis.

"In its 15.6" chassis it sports a full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution and a LED backlight screen. Under the hood we've got a 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 4GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT550M/ 2GB VRAM with Optimus technology."

Thin is the next big thing, just like the 9.8mm Samsung QX412

"Besides its thin and elegant form factor, the new notebook from Samsung also offers a fairly OK level of computing power, given the fact that it packs an Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor, coupled with 3GB of DDR3 RAM memory, plus an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 graphics-card with 1GB of VRAM (given the fact that the i5 CPU also packs built-in graphics, we're pretty sure that the notebook also packs Optimus graphics switching technology)."

Thin is in!

"While Huang's overall vision focuses on bringing low-voltage, high-speed performance chips to all types of mobile devices, including smartphones (which he calls super phones) and tablets, it's his vision for laptops that I find quite intriguing. His mobile processor roadmap is impressive, and although I can't share the details of this roadmap, it is safe to assume that while these chips are dual-core today, they will scale up to many more cores in the future."

GeForce notebook GPUs are DirectX 11 done right, with up to 6x the DirectX11 performance of competing GPUs. And only NVIDIA GPUs can offer NVIDIA Optimus technology, providing great performance and great battery life. In addition to this, only GeForce GPUs offer:

  • PhysX support, for in-game physics
  • CUDA support, for GPU computing applications
  • 3D Vision support, for eye-popping 3D
  • High performance Verde notebook drivers
  • SLI, for maximum frame rates

Your 3D TV at Play
The installed base for 3DTV is growing rapidly.

"Adoption of 3D television is seen growing to the point where it will be in a third of U.S. households by 2014, according to numbers released this week by Strategy Analytics."

One way to get the most out of your new 3D TV is with 3DTV Play software from NVIDIA.

"Also crucial to the secret sauce is NVIDIA's 3D Vision Game Support and 3DTV Play software. The former unlocks the 3-D heart now ticking in more than 550 (!!!) PC games - everything from the war-is-a-blast "Call of Duty: Black Ops" and crawling-with-zombies "Left For Dead 2" to the charming chase of "Toy Story 3." (Find a full list of supported games, with ratings for stereoscopic performance quality, at NVIDIA.com.) Meanwhile, the 3D TV Play software (preinstalled on this laptop and available with NVIDIA 3D upgrade kits for beefier desktops) also allows users to view 3-D Blu-ray movies (using the built-in drive) and still photos from compatible (Fujifilm and Sony) cameras. Enjoy 3-D shorts and occasional sports specials streaming from an NVIDIA site.

Maybe best of all, you can connect this computer (via HDMI 1.4 cable) to a compatible 3D-ready TV to really expand the "World of Warcraft" and fulfill your "Need for Speed" - or dive into movie fantasies like "Resident Evil Afterlife," "Despicable Me," "Tangled" (out Tuesday) and the coming "Tron: Legacy."

3DTV Play software enables the majority of GeForce and GeForce GTX-based PCs to connect these systems to an HDMI 1.4 3D TV to play more than 500 3D games, and view 3D photos, 3D video, and Blu-ray 3D movies. Visit http://www.nvidia.com/3dtvplay for more information.

ARM Is The Future
The computing platform of the future is an ARM processor coupled with an NVIDIA GPU. A high-performance CPU with a standard instruction set will run the serial parts of applications and provide compatibility. A massively parallel, highly efficient GPU will run the parallel portions of programs.

"With all respect to Apple and the iPad, perhaps no companies have done more to shake up the IT industry over the last year than NVIDIA and ARM Holdings. And thanks to the explosive growth in the mobile device market, the two chip makers are enjoying a fruitful partnership that threatens the both world largest microprocessor company and the dominant desktop-server architecture: WinTel."

Our ARM license enables us to integrate the serial processing power of ARM CPUs with the parallel processing power of GPUs in a highly energy-efficient processor that supports future products ranging from super phones to personal computers and servers to workstations and supercomputers.

"For Huang, parallel processing is the key to the mobile market - and this plays to NVIDIA's strengths. Only by going parallel can we satisfy and improve energy utilization and performance goals. NVIDIA's CPU strategy in mobile is based on the ARM processor and not the traditional Intel/AMD x86 standard.

This is an easy decision to make: billions of devices run ARM processors now and billions more are on the way. In mobile computing, ARM is the center of gravity for developers

Seismic shift two is that Microsoft has bought into ARM. According to Huang, Microsoft doesn't just want to be on ARM - it has to be on ARM. He's right."

The result is that future systems - from the thinnest laptops to the biggest data centers, and everything in between -- will deliver an outstanding combination of performance and power efficiency. Their processors will provide the best of both worlds, while enabling increased battery life for mobile solutions.

"As home-based and mobile computing solutions, such as desktop PCs, notebooks, netbooks, cell phones, tablet PCs, and other devices, are more graphics intensive, the on-board graphics from x86 processors may not be able to support many of these graphics-heavy applications at [high] speeds," the partner, who requested anonymity, said. "Therefore, the NVIDIA-ARM partnership will deliver new processor options for consumers, and give both channel resellers and end customers more products to choose from."

GTC-Tell Your Tale
Want to tell the world what you are doing in GPU Computing? Now is your big chance.

"Call for Submissions for GPU Technology Conference 2011 (GTC), October 11-14, is now open. If you're interested in sharing your work, we want to hear from you! We are looking for submissions from folks in industry and academia who have topics for 25 or 50 minute talks or posters. You can find more details and instructions for submitting here."

Just like these guys that use GPU computing to kill Malaria spreading mosquitos.

"You have to recognize that it's a mosquito, versus all of the other bugs that might be flying around, recognize that it's a female mosquito, and then shoot it down. That recognition of trying to find that mosquito while it's flying around is done on the GPU."

GTC 2011 will feature over 240 hours of technical sessions, tutorials, panels, and moderated roundtables, presented by senior programmers, researchers and thought leaders from across a broad range of fields. And this year Los Alamos National Laboratory will co-locate its Accelerated HPC Symposium at GTC 2011.

New Call of Duty Maps
The new First Strike map pack for Call of Duty Black Ops will be released for the PC today at noon. NVIDIA tech marketing and product marketing teams took a half day of PTO today. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.


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