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NVIDIA nTeresting Newsletter - 7 June 2013

In this Issue

· GeForce and Intel Haswell-based notebooks were all over Computex.
· Computex also saw the debut of several brand new Tegra 4 devices.
· Asus and Toshiba announce new Tegra 4-based tablets.
· Windows RT gets Outlook!

GeForce Notebooks at Computex

It is time for Computex, and Computex is new notebook time!

Intel coordinated the embargo lifting of Haswell to the first day of the show. So on the first day of the show OEMs unveiled tons of new notebooks with GeForce 700 Series notebook GPUs and Intel Haswell processors.

The MSI got a lot of buzz at Computex with its Dragon Series of gaming notebooks, including the GT70, GT60 and GE40. All come with your choice of GeForce GTX 700m GPUs. A few early reviews crept out of the new MSI notebook to have the GeForce GTX 780M.

MSI has undergone an "Extreme Makeover: Badass Edition." Its new $2,799 GT70 gaming rig is one of the first notebooks to debut with a fourth-generation, quad-core Intel Haswell CPU. It's also rocking a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M chip, which was recently declared the world's fastest notebook GPU.

And the power efficiency of the new GeForce GTX 700M and Intel Haswelll processors are leading to notebooks that are 40% thinner and 40% lighter than last year's models

The problem with most serious gaming laptop is that they're just too bulky to carry around with you. Alienware has addressed this problem with its M14x, Razer recently announced its 14-inch Razer Blade and now MSI is getting into the act with the 14-inch GE40. We had a chance to spend a few minutes with the MSI GE40 at Computex Taipei and were intrigued by its potential.

Asus took the wraps off their G750 gaming notebook, available with your choice of the GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M or the GeForce GTX 780M GPUs.

In particular, the crowds seem to gravitate around the G750, the latest and greatest in the RoG G series of gaming notebooks, and successor to the G75VW, which NotebookReview claimed "excels in nearly every area" before handing it an Editor's Choice award in June 2012.

For the first time in a long time Acer is offering a gaming-class GeForce GTX in their Acer Aspire V3.

More of an Ultrabook fan? GeForce and Gigabyte have you covered.

In terms of portability, an Ultrabook is a great solution for taking work with you, but what about when you want to unwind with a bit of gaming? Integrated graphics hardly cut it, so Gigabyte went and tapped NVIDIA to power its U-Series of Ultrabooks. These new notebooks pack a potent one-two combo consisting of 4th Generation Intel Core processor options (Haswell) and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics with 4GB of dedicated video memory.

Gaming notebooks also were introduced from Toshiba...
Toshiba's Qosmio gaming notebook is getting a serious power boost courtesy of Intel's fourth-generation Haswell CPU and Nvidia's latest GTX 770M graphics.

What's Lenovo been hiding up its sleeve? Apparently, it's the IdeaPad Y510p. The company has recently started selling the 15.6-inch multimedia laptop via New Egg and its website without prior announcement. A follow-up to the Y500, the Y510p is powered by Intel's new Haswell Core i7 2.4GHz quad-core processor and is equipped with NVIDIA's 750M GPU.

And Maingear
Boutique system builder Maingear is banking on there being an audience outside of productivity junkies who can appreciate a high-powered 14-inch laptop. Hence the launch of Maingear's Pulse 14 with not only Haswell inside, but gaming grade discrete graphics courtesy of NVIDIA. Make no mistake, this 14-inch notebook is for users who'd rather play games than hammer out TPS reports.

We have a virtual sweep of the new gaming class notebooks and are excepting about 99% of the market share in this segment. These next generation notebooks all come with NVIDIA technologies that automatically maximize consumer's notebook performance and experience such as NVIDIA Optimus, GeForce Experience, and the new GPU Boost 2.0. Look for a NVIDIA Kepler-based GeForce 700 Series of GPUs in your next notebook.

Tegra 4 Wows at Computex

This week, NVIDIA and its partners unveiled new Tegra 4-powered devices and technologies at Computex 2013. Making their Taiwan debut were new tablets from ASUS and Toshiba, our gaming and entertainment portable device SHIELD, and an exciting new NVIDIA technology for Tegra 4-powered tablets called DirectStylus.

At the forefront of powerful new tablet devices that can do it all are the Tegra 4-fueled ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, and Toshiba's Excite Pro and Excite Write. Both devices feature crystal-clear 10-inch screens with 2560x1600 display resolutions, and Tegra 4's quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, second generation fifth battery saver core and 72-core GeForce GPU. These tablets deliver the best consumer experiences with more realistic gaming, faster web browsing, smooth HD video playback and great battery life.

Of course, the Tegra 4-powered SHIELD was also in tow. Following up SHIELD's pre-order availability a few weeks ago, Computex's panel of judges named SHIELD the recipient of the show's Best Choice Award. The judges praised SHIELD as a highly differentiated device that "effectively integrated videos, media and games with smart power consumption," and sporting a design seen as, "very eye-catching and highly fashionable."

In addition, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off the first low-cost screen stylus that replicates the natural ease of writing and erasing directly on paper. NVIDIA's DirectStylus technology applies the image-processing power of Tegra 4's GPU to analyze data from a standard touch sensor and recognize the difference between fine-tip stylus, finger, eraser and palm. For all you digital-age Picasso protégés, this stylus is tailor-made for Tegra 4-based tablets, allowing consumers to simply make strokes of varying widths.

Here's what press said about the Computex efforts:

"From gaming and entertainment to productivity in phones, tablets, and laptops, Tegra 4 is poised to bring NVIDIA power just about everywhere."

"The technology offers a smooth experience for even the most simple and basic stylus pens. From a business perspective, (DirectStylus) could save manufacturers money by not requiring stylus pens with a digitizer."

"By using a capacitive touchscreen and a stylus that works on pressure, battery life should be saved (using DirectStylus). A high detection rate led to some nice looking graphics including curved lines that looked great on the experimental 7 inch tablet used for the demonstration."

"We went hands-on with the new-look Shield at Computex this year, and it's pretty goddamn amazing."

"In a way, the Shield is what the OUYA console should have been: rather than throw Android games onto your TV, make the portable Android gaming experience better and allow HDMI out to put it onto your TV if you want, while throwing in compatibility with Steam games via GeForce streaming."

"... the level of (video) detail and clarity (from Tegra 4) was all the more astounding coming from a handheld mobile device."

Tegra 4 Supercharges New ASUS and Toshiba Tablets

ASUS and Toshiba introduced new Tegra-powered tablets at Computex, joining HP's Slatebook x2 as the first tablets to feature Tegra 4's new quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU.

First, ASUS announced the beastly Tegra 4-powered Transformer Pad Infinity. The next-generation Transformer brings serious muscle, lightning-quick web browsing and the best mobile gaming in its class. It features a new 10.1-inch LED backlit display with an ultra-sharp 2560 x 1600 resolution and IPS technology for 178-degree wide viewing angles; detachable keyboard dock; and ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced audio. The press at ASUS' Computex press conference were suitably impressed, writing "the star of the party was, without a doubt, the manufacturer's upcoming flagship tablet - the New Transformer Pad Infinity."

Others agreed, commenting:

"Transformer Pad Infinity crushes it on specs."

"Of the tablets launched by Asus at Computex this year, the Transformer Pad Infinity caught our attention with two interesting features. For starters, this 10.1-incher is likely to be the first Android tablet powered by the upcoming NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, delivering quad-core performance with enhanced 72-core graphics engine. Further setting this tablet apart from the competition is its 2,560 x 1,600-resolution screen, which has a higher pixel density than an iPad boasting a Retina display."

"The high-end tablet will house the much-anticipated NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and boast an impressively high-resolution screen that will likely cause Android aficionados to uncontrollably froth at the mouth in anticipation and maybe catch the wandering eye of a few Apple iPad loyalists."

"The refresh to last year's Pad Infinity features a souped spec sheet - boasting the brand new Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the tablet promises to deliver some serious oomph."

Also raising eyebrows at Computex was Toshiba's new line of Excite tablets - including the Tegra 4-powered Excite Pro and Excite Write. The tablets deliver a 2560 x 1600 PixelPure display, premium Harman Kardon speakers, and a touchscreen digitizer for precision pen and handwriting. The new Excite tablets deliver incredibly fast web browsing and new productivity and creativity tools that professionals and consumers are going to enjoy. Gizmodo called it "High-Res Beauty And Tegra 4 Brains."

"The Excite Write beats the Galaxy Note on screen and processor, though, with its Tegra 4 and 2,560-by-1,600 screen."

"This new Toshiba tablet centres around a beautiful stylus, and an even better looking screen (than the Samsung Galaxy Note). The Excite Write is a premium tablet at a really reasonable price."

"The Excite Pro... comes with a huge spec bump - the 10.1-inch screen is now 2560 x 1600, the processor is upgraded to a Tegra 4... It feels like a modern tablet, responsive and smooth in our brief time with the device, and the screen looks fantastic."

Windows RT Gets Outlook

Ask and ye shall receive! Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to its Windows RT operating system as part of the Microsoft Office software bundle later this year.

"This is an exciting development that we believe will deliver a much more robust and full-featured experience to Windows RT users," wrote Mark Aevermann, an NVIDIA product manager, in a blog post.

The Outlook 2013 app will be made available to owners of Microsoft's Surface RT tablet and similar devices running Windows RT.


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