|NVIDIA nTeresting News 01 April 2011|
|Friday, 01 April 2011|
NVIDIA nTeresting News 01 April 2011
In this Issue (no jokes here):
Use the GPU, Luke
"Next came a new tool called Plume, used to simulate the movements of fluids. It's written to take advantage of a newer NVIDIA parallel computing technology called CUDA. Suddenly, the work required to create deeply complex visual effects involving images of fire or water sped up considerably because the software written for Plume could talk directly to the graphics chip itself."
CUDA is the name of NVIDIA's parallel computing hardware architecture. NVIDIA provides a complete toolkit for programming the CUDA architecture that includes the compiler, debugger, profiler, libraries and other information developers need to deliver production quality products that use the CUDA architecture to folks like ILM. The CUDA architecture also supports standard languages and APIs for GPU Computing, such as OpenCL and DirectX Compute.
Drivers, People Like Them
"This driver seems to be awesome!! :)
"It's like driving a Cadillac."
Drivers can fix bugs and add performance to games like Dragon Age 2. That is why we place an emphasis on driver quality, and our customers love it.
"All I can say is that Dragon Age 2 is finally playable with everything maxed out, DX11, high-res textures on a GTX580. I'm a happy panda now."
We even make SLI better with this driver.
And with the NVIDIA Verde driver program, NVIDIA-based notebooks get upgraded, too.
"If you have an NVIDIA GPU in your notebook you might want to check out these drivers! These new drivers are the first Verde drivers to support GeForce 500M GPUs (GeForce GT 555M, GeForce GT 550M, GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 525M, and GeForce GT 520M GPUs), include a new "NVIDIA Update" feature, have a wealth of bug fixes and they increase performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v266.58 WHQL drivers! "
Customers need new drivers in order to be able to take full advantage of the latest visual computing applications, so we give it to them. The strength of our Verde driver program pays dividends for our customers long after they make their purchases.
It's Raining Tegra
"As we've already seen, there are both Android and Windows tablets thrown in the mix in the new Iconia range, the most interesting being the 10-inch A500 Android tablet running Honeycomb. Running vanilla Android, but customised with a few Acer apps, the A500 features a proprietary docking port, an HDMI output, both USB and Micro USB ports (the former for storage, the latter for charging and syncing) and is powered by a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor."
Want something with a keyboard? Coming soon, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer may be for you.
"One of the common criticisms of tablets is that productivity is hampered by on-screen keyboards; for anything but light typing, a physical keyboard is much preferable. The Eee Pad Transformer solves this issue by offering the full keyboard attachment, which also almost doubles the battery life of the slim tablet to up to 16 hours.
The Eee Pad Transformer runs the tablet-friendly Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and packs NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset (dual-core CPU plus NVIDIA GeForce GPU), with full support for Adobe Flash and full 1080p HD video playback. It's a thin 0.51 inches and weighs a mere 1.49 pounds."
Tegra is so powerful, it's bringing never-before-seen experiences to your super phone and tablet. First we showed off multi-player, cross-platform gaming with Dungeon Defenders, the first Android game built on Unreal Engine 3. Then the Tegra Zone app debuted on the Android Market, providing quick access to the richest games for your Tegra-powered mobile device. One of the newest games coming soon to Tegra Zone is Riptide GP. This futuristic wave racing game was previewed at the CTIA Wireless show last week, and was named best game of the show by Phandroid:
"It's so graphically rich and too much fun to put down. The physics in this game are looking great and it isn't even ready for primetime yet."
3D Vision is Addictive
"The crispness and refinement in the game's characters were surreal; unlike the old-school and somewhat corny objects-flying-at-your-face style of 3D, 3D Vision utilizes a synchronized 120Hz refresh rate and depth levels to control the detail of the games and the wearer's perception thereof. In league with GN's hardware editor, we can confidently state that 3D gaming will be the way of the future -- perhaps even a more mainstream market within the next eighteen months."
Especially if you start with Crysis 2.
"... Crysis 2 in 3D is amazing. The effect doesn't go overboard--even on highest settings--and doesn't strain the eyes. In 3D, every set-piece moment in the game jumps out with gorgeous clarity. If you have the equipment or if 3D has piqued your interest, Crysis 2 does a great job of showing off the tech."
BIG 3D Vision Surround