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nTeresting News July 1, 2011

In This Issue:

  • Want the fastest notebook on the planet? Make sure it has GeForce GTX 580M. Want 5 hours of battery life, too? Make it with Optimus.
  • Zinio is one of the most popular magazine reading applications and it has just arrived on Tegra and Android.
  • Tegra is so fast that developers can reuse art assets from consoles, paving the way for multi-platform gaming.
  • GPUs are doing more work than just rendering games. CUDA makes a difference.

Fastest. Notebook GPU. Ever.
On Tuesday we introduced the fastest notebook GPU on the planet, the GeForce GTX 580M.

"NVIDIA has upped the ante for mobile gamers once again with the announcement of the GeForce GTX 580M graphics card, which promises the fastest 3D gaming experience of all time."

Two GeForce GTX 580M GPUs represent the fastest notebook graphics solution available anywhere, and you can get that from Alienware in the M18x or from Clevo.

"The first system to feature the GeForce GTX 580M GPU is the Alienware M18x, offering the opportunity of coupling two GTX 580M GPUs in a single system, doubling the game performance thanks to the NVIDIA SLI technology."

How fast are two of them?

"NVIDIA now stakes claim to the title of the world's fastest notebook graphics processing unit with the GeForce GTX 580M. How fast are they? In SLI, they're fast enough to play Crysis 2 at max settings in 1080p with DirectX 11 effects and high-resolution textures on."

Check out Crysis 2 DX 11 gameplay in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTbmggGIotQ

Alienware also introduced the GeForce GTX 580M-based M17x, loaded with NVIDIA Optimus technology.

"This is the first time that Optimus support has been offered in high-end mobile GPUs, and it could provide the green team with a significant advantage. In past reviews of Optimus enabled laptops, such as the ASUS N53, we've found that the feature made it possible to offer battery life on par with laptops that don't have a discrete GPU. Optimus in the 580M and 570M will likely replicate this, making it possible for gamers to enjoy extreme gaming performance while plugged in and reasonable battery life while on the go."

We also introduced the GeForce GTX 570M notebook GPU:

"NVIDIA also introduced the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M GPU, which offers 20 percent faster performance than the previous generation product it replaces."

GeForce GTX 580M GPUs are 6 times faster than competing GPUs in DirectX 11 tessellation and support NVIDIA features that set our GPUs apart from the competition, including: NVIDIA Optimus technology, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, 3DTV Play and NVIDIA Verde drivers to keep your notebook optimized for tomorrow.

Alienware M18x and M17x notebooks with GeForce GTX 580M GPUs can be ordered today and should ship in a week or so. Clevo will be offering the GeForce GTX 580M in their P170HM3 with 3D Vision as an option or in SLI configuration in their P270WN. MSI offers the GeForce GTX 570M in their GT780R notebook.

Improved Zinio for Android App is Here, Brings Hardware-Acceleration Goodness
Zinio, one of the most popular magazine reading apps, just released their latest version optimized for Tegra-powered Honeycomb tablets and the app is better than ever -

"Just when you thought Zinio couldn't get any better, NVIDIA swoops in and flips the optimization switch."

Thanks to the hard work from NVIDIA and Zinio, the optimized app features improved performance, drastically enhanced page-turning, zooming, and panning to make for a great reading experience on your Honeycomb tablet.

"As a longtime user of Zinio's software, I can easily see the difference the new app brings."

"All in all, Zinio is likely the best magazine application for the OS, and thanks to NVIDIA, it looks the best, too."

NVIDIA's contributions to this fantastic application have not gone unnoticed - take a look at what the media has been saying so far.

"Thanks to the handiwork of NVIDIA's engineers, code that offloads things from the CPU to the GPU has been integrated, creating a buttery-smooth reading experience."

"Zinio for Android just got a huge performance boost if you're using a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet."

Tegra Rips Through Graphics
The RipTide GP game was first introduced on the XBOX 360. But now it is being ported to the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip for play on Android phones and tablets. For the most part the developers are using the same code for the XBOX 360, with minor tweaks to run on the Tegra 2.

"When we started developing Riptide GP for Tegra 2, we had certain expectations of the performance we could squeeze out of these devices.. The GPU (graphics) more or less met our expectations, so we were able to hit our graphics quality and rendering performance targets by optimizing the fragment shaders and doing more work per vertex. However, we were completely blown away by the CPU (computation). The dual-core ARM Coretex A9 is an amazing piece of silicon. What's running in Riptide GP is the same underlying water simulation that powered our previous game on the Xbox 360!"

The power of the Tegra 2 will open the field to other console games to be ported and for multi-platform gaming. Just like Dungeon Defenders.

"Trendy Entertainment showed off their upcoming title "Dungeon Defender", which is a multi-platform game focused on cooperative gameplay. It was shown off playing on the PC, the PS3, and the Optimus 2X. Not only was the game playing on all three platforms, but all three players were actually playing together. It was a bit of a trip to see a nicely rendered game being played on all three platforms, and all of them working seamlessly together to provide a good gaming experience to all three."

Imagine World of Warcraft anywhere!

CUDA....the Secret Weapon!
You could call it a ‘secret weapon' or call it ‘graphics plus'-we call it CUDA. CUDA is the name of NVIDIA's parallel computing hardware architecture. In short, it lets us do more processing with our graphics processors.

"NVIDIA's GPUs are well known for making consumer software run faster, whether you're talking about games, PhotoShop or SETI at Home. But now the company is providing processors with supercomputer-like qualities to solve much tougher problems."

One place it makes a big difference is intelligence and defense applications.

"The NVIDIA people were showing me the results of improvements in imaging now in use by the military and the intelligence establishment, but rarely seen by the public. What the company has done is take its GPUs (graphics processing units) and turned them into massively parallel processors."

Another place is in encryption.

"Xoom Data Services has used the GPU to revolutionize Encryption with their PAT PENDING CudaCrypt module. Encryption is very intensive resource wise on computers. CudaCrypt uses the spare resources on the GPU to hyper-accelerate the encryption, which means: a) Stronger encryption for everything you can think of b) Almost instant encryption means no waiting c) Speed, Speed and more Speed."

GPU Computing is the use of the massively parallel architecture of the graphics processing unit (GPU) as a computational engine using high level languages and APIs.


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