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NVIDIA nTeresting Newsletter: February 24, 2012

In this Issue:

· NVIDIA's investment in Icera pays off with the first ‘all-NVIDIA' smartphone.

· Our secret ninja core gets a name!

· Playing Skyrim? Grab our new drivers for a bump in performance up to 45%.

· LG jumps the Mobile World Congress news cycle with the announcement of a quad-core smart phone powered by Tegra 3.

· 3D Vision and SLI combine to create the world's fastest notebook, a portable 3D gaming console, and a portable 3D movie theater - all rolled in to one.

· Once again, 3D Vision proves the best solution for 3D gaming.

All NVIDIA, All the Time

Back in May NVIDIA acquired British baseband specialist Icera. That investment paid of this week with the announcement of a smartphone with all NVIDIA chips inside.

"The company has now announced the first smartphone whose core processing capabilities are powered solely by NVIDIA chips, using a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and an NVIDIA Icera modem that includes baseband and RF processors. The device is the ZTE Mimosa X, which runs Google Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, and is slated for a second-quarter launch."

We are thrilled with this.

"The phone is a landmark for NVIDIA as well, as the Mimosa X is the first handset to be powered entirely by NVIDIA chips. It has the dual-core Tegra 2 processor, as well as an Icera HSPA+ modem. So NVIDIA doesn't need to rely on companies like Qualcomm to help out with the connectivity side of things."

4-PLUS-1= The Future

NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor has a very unique architecture, providing both high performance and great battery life. "4-PLUS-1" is a term NVIDIA uses to help explain why. It refers to Tegra 3's quad-core architecture with a fifth battery saver core.

"The Tegra 3 chip uses the fifth core in a unique way -- it's active when not a lot of CPU power is needed, and handles things in the background like checking for new mail and watching video. This leaves the other four high-performance cores ready to kick in when needed, and uses much less juice from your battery while they are idle. It's unique, and it's great to see anyone doing things that give us a longer time between charges."

Tegra 3 uses four powerful CPU cores to handle demanding tasks such as gaming, and a fifth low-power, battery-saver core to manage less strenuous tasks - like processing e-mail or standby mode. This fifth core has been referred to by many things - from ‘companion core', ‘shadow core' or even the ‘ninja core'.

"No, that's not the name for my upcoming boy band, 4-Plus-1 is officially NVIDIA's new name for the Tegra 3′s fifth core as announced today via their blog. Known by many names in the past, like "Ninja Core" or "Companion Core," NVIDIA finally decided on something a little more descriptive in hopes that customers know exactly what they were getting when it comes to the Tegra 3′s powerful quad-core processor."

Read more on our blog.

Up To a 45% Boost in Skyrim

New GeForce 295.73 drivers kick ass in Skyrim.

"Slaying dragons isn't easy, and if that's your goal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can use all the help you can get. Provided you're rocking a GPU built by NVIDIA, new GeForce drivers released today will give you a "game changing performance boost" to work with, up to a whopping 45 percent, according to NVIDIA's release notes."

WHQLed, too. Go get ‘em.

LG Optimus 4X, Tegra Inside

LG kicked off the quad core phone phrenzy with the announcement of the LG Optimus 4X, just ahead of Mobile World Congress.

"Whether you're ready for a deluge of quad-core Android handsets or not, LG is getting things started with the Optimus 4X HD. Inside, its NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor is clocked at 1.5GHz, sits behind a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, and within an 8.9mm-thin body."

LG is first, and defiantly won't be the last.

"LG was the first company to show off a dual-core smartphone last year, and it has once again beaten the rest of the pack with tonight's announcement of the Optimus 4X HD, the world's first quad-core phone. The news heralds next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a major event for the mobile industry where LG will be showing off the Optimus 4X. But you can bet it won't be the only company hawking quad-core smartphones."

Look for more big news at MWC.

3D Plus SLI = Holy Cow!

People love NVIDIA 3D Vision.

"For a really good 3D we can only recommend NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 and the Asus VG278H!"

People love SLI.

"These are just facts between CrossFireX and SLI, but it makes it so that SLI feels smoother and better to us, than CrossFireX does often. This was the case a lot of the time testing Radeon HD 7950 CrossFireX versus GeForce GTX 580 SLI. We just felt GeForce GTX 580 SLI offered a smoother experience, in pretty much every game, even the ones where Radeon HD 7950 CrossFireX allowed higher in-game settings.

We are bringing two great things together with a new wave of notebooks that feature both, together, for the first time, kicked off by Origin PC.

"We have another "world's first," this time it's a 3D-capable laptop sporting two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M cards, overclocked and running in SLI mode. Called the EON17-X3D, Origin PC's new customizable laptop also comes stuffed with the latest Intel X79 chipset, 2nd generation Intel quad and hexacore processors, NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Wireless Glasses with LightBoost Technology, a built-in 3D emitter, a 17.3-inch 1080p 3D LED-backlit display and more."

It is the world's first dual graphics 3D notebook.

It is the world's fastest notebook. It is a portable 3D gaming console. And it is a portable 3D movie theater----all rolled in to one.

3D Vision > Passive 3D

We have known that active shutter technology is way better than passive 3D for quite some time. Now has put our claims to the test. They ran through a comparison of 3D Vision vs. the new passive 3D monitors that are coming out on the market. These monitors use Tridef software to display 3D games.

3D Vision has better support.

"First of all, one needs to realize that the ecosystem that NVIDIA has developed for 3D Vision is far more robust than other solutions for gaming."

3D Vision offered a better picture quality.

"If you look even not so closely, you can see that every other horizontal line of resolution is missing. That is how the 3D effect is created. Each eye gets 1920×540 resolution - the right eye getting a different view than from the left eye. It is rather obvious and very annoying to someone who is used to the full 1920×1080 resolution to each eye with 3D Vision."

3D Vision is easier to use.

"3D Gaming with TriDef is not a very robust S3D solution compared to 3D Vision; it requires a lot of adjustments, tweaking and research."

NVIDIA 3D Vision technology is a combination of NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), specialized 3D glasses, software, and certified displays, and projectors that deliver an immersive 3D experience on your desktop or notebook PC. NVIDIA 3D Vision technology supports the richest array of 3D content available, including more than 550 3D games, Blu-ray 3D movies, 3D photos and streaming Web video. It also enables users to users to upload, share and view full-resolution 3D photos, as well as enjoy 3D movies and videos at NVIDIA's, as well as to view thousands of 3D videos on YouTube.

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