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Friday, March 17, 2006
CeBIT 2006



CDRinfo visited the NVIDIA booth at CeBIT and met with Director of Product PR EMEAI, Luciano Alibrandi.

At CeBIT, NVIDIA announced a variety of new technologies that are immediately available worldwide. Mr. Alibrandi explained that the company's new policy is to simultaneously release all their new products as soon as they are announced.


NVIDIA was also announcing the GeForce 7 Series of graphics processing units (GPUs). These include the Ge7900 GTX (seen in the picture above), the GeForce 7900 GT and the GeForce 7600 GT models that will support HD resolutions. The list of partners that will be offering graphics cards based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series GPUs include Albatron, AOpen, ASUS, Biostar, Club 3D, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI and XFX.

NVIDIA was also unveiling the Quad SLI technology that feature four graphics processing units (GPUs) that can be used simultaneously on the new nForce 4 SLI motherboard as seen in the picture below. The new technology allows gamers to set their monitors to extreme High-definition resolutions.

NVIDIA announced the immediate availability of the Quad SLI-based PCs featuring four graphics processing units from its new GeForce 7900 Series and the nForce 4 SLI mainboard.

Finally, NVIDIA also introduced the mobile SLI, its first High-definition inter grated graphics processing unit (IGP) core-logic solution for notebooks. The new mobile IGP accelerates HD MPEG 2, VC1 and H.264 playback on a laptop and it t is designed to work with Microsoft's new Vista operating system.

SLI technology also enables two NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX GPUs to be used in notebooks based on the nForce 4 SLI core-logic solution.


Mr. Alibrandi explained that the SLI technology is optimized for the Microsoft Windows Vista OS which was a new challenger for the industry as it is the first system to require a dedicated GPU in order to realize its full potential.

NVIDIA was also showcasing its new GoForce 5500 handheld graphics processing unit (GPU), providing VGA support for digital TV, high fidelity surround sound, and console class 3D graphics for all handheld devices.

The NVIDIA GoForce 5500 supports playback of H.264, WMV9 and MPEG-4 video up to D1 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps), High Fidelity Surround Sound and is compatible with major mobile TV standards including DVB-H, ISDB-T and DMB.

Above, NVIDIA was demonstrating High-Defintion resolution using a High-defintion camera, the HDR-HC1 model from Sony. By pushing the red button, visitors could see the small model in standard video resolution and the blue button, in HD resolution. NVIDIA wanted to demonstrate the image quality that its chipsets will deliver for an HD format.

Finally, NVIDIA was also demonstrating its next-generation NVIDIA NForce 500 family of core-logic solutions. These future products that are to be released in mid 2006, will support SLI technology including Quad SLI. They will also support the upcoming dual-core AMD socket AM2 processors.

NVIDIA's public booth was located in Hall 23, stand B20 and had the shape of an eye, resembling NVIDIA's logo.





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