Nvidia is currently working on a next-generation switchable graphics solution which was confirmed a while ago by Nvidia's top management. Nvidia admits that its first implementation of switchable graphics was not the nicest and neatest solution (Hybrid-SLI), but promises that its next-generation works really well and that it will give the company many design wins.
Several big Nvidia supporters such as ASUS, Acer, Dell and many others have asked Intel to get Nvidia 40nm chips inside of its designs. Thus far, we were told to expect many Calpella platform designs to have Nvidia graphics.
Nvidia has been involved in a chipset licensing dispute with Intel for quite a while now, and every now and then Nvidia spinners tend to remind us of this fact.
In a statement for TG Daily, Nvidia spokesman Brian Burke told the world plus dog that Nvidia chipsets were always full of innovative features and that they were better than Intel's own cream of the crop. Burke cites the increasingly popular Nvidia ION chipset for nettops and netbooks as an example of Nvidia's superiority.
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Nvidia recently released its first desktop drivers to support the OpenCL standard, beginning with Geforce 195.39 beta. These drivers are dated October 27, 2009 and feature improved SLI and multi-GPU support for several recent popular titles and include over 200 various bug fixes.
In particular, the drivers add support for the OpenCL 1.0 specification on all Geforce 8-series or later GPUs supporting CUDA. The drivers also add support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0, which will be made available to developers sometime within the next few weeks.
In a chat with Hexus, AMD's Senior Manager of Developer Relations, Richard Huddy said that Nvidia is apparently abandoning the gaming market to some extent.
Huddy compared Nvidia's and AMD's strategy, saying: "it appears NVIDIA is in a kind of sneering mode towards game players at the moment," adding that it was possible to diversify without abandoning gaming. He went on to say that gamers are good people and "well rounded individuals." We're not sure whether he was referring to their physique or character.
Owners of the recently introduced 27-inch iMac have encountered an unidentified bug that reportedly causes massive spikes in CPU usage.
"I just upgraded my 24-inch iMac to the new 27-inch iMacs that just came out. Well, now EVERY Flash-based site like YouTube or Hulu runs unbelievably slow," a user named Subcide wrote on the Apple forum. "Looking at activity monitor, Flash is hitting about 100-110 percent of my CPU. It basically makes the browser unresponsive and the video is choppy."
Forum participant PenSilveltMEKY reported similar performance issues.
Fermi, Nvidia's GF100 40nm DirectX 11 chip is selling great even though Nvidia still has to officially launch it. Sources confirmed that Nvidia is taking pre-orders like there is no tomorrow, but at this time Nvidia offers no guarantees when the chip will hit the market. Everyone expects shortages due to heavy demand from day one.
The original schedule of late November might skip in the first week(s) of December, but from what we learned over the last few days, it was always late November to first days of December.
AMD partners are working on a dual-core R800 card, codenamed Cypress and from what we learned, the card should launch in late November. Samples are in the works and cards are in development and the Radeon 5970 should be the brand for the top card, but since we are not aware of any boxes with this brand, this can easily change.
Xerox on Tuesday announced a new silver ink (among other things) that it's calling, and apparently is, a breakthrough in printable electronics, a leading edge concept that's generated a lot of discussion but few actual products to date, largely because of the issues that Xerox's new technology addresses.
Intel (NSDQ: INTC) and Numonyx say they have achieved a research milestone in computer memory that could one day lead to a less expensive and higher-performing alternative to the technology used today. The accomplishment stems from the work the two companies have been doing together on a type of non-volatile memory called phase-change memory, or PCM. The research partners say they have successfully stacked multiple layers of PCM arrays within a single 64 Mb die.
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