|2010 CES: Computer Technology Highlights|
|News - Featured Website News|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 21 January 2010|
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2010 CES: NVIDIA
NVIDIA had a large booth showcasing both their existing product lines and their forthcoming products. NVIDIA's response to ATI's Eyefinity feature is their new 3D Vision Surround technology, which extends their 3D Vision capability to a triple-monitor setup. Of course, all three monitors have to be 120Hz capable, and while ATI can drive three monitors from one card, NVIDIA's triple-monitor implementation requires two cards in SLI, since existing NVIDIA cards only have two monitor outputs. However, since 3D Vision reduces your frame rates by at least half, you'd probably want the horsepower of an SLI system anyway! One nice thing is that this technology will be available to existing NVIDIA card owners via a driver upgrade. But given the number of pixels involved, I don't know if it would be even worth trying without a pair of overclocked GTX275s at the very least. Still, seeing true 3D gaming spread across three monitors was impressive.
NVIDIA was also showing, albeit subtly, running versions of the forthcoming Fermi video card, some of which were driving 3D Vision Surround demonstrations. The demos looked good, but we still have little hard information on the card: clock rates, memory, pricing, and availability are all unknown. The cards themselves were in windowed cases and only the top edge of the cards was visible.
While the high-end graphics cards garner the most interest from consumers, NVIDIA devoted a lot of booth space to their Tegra mobile graphics processor. The first product to showcase this technology was Microsoft's new Zune HD, but NVIDIA is aggressively pushing it into as many venues as they can. One of the more interesting Tegra applications is in the 2011 Euro-spec Audi A8 luxury sedan, as shown in the dashboard mockup:
The navigation system in this car connects to the Internet and uses Google Earth images for the display, with the Tegra chip providing the graphics muscle to keep everything moving smoothly on-screen.
The forthcoming Tegra 2 will be a dual-core chip suited for things like larger tablet computers.