Developed for AMD64-based computing platforms, the family of NVIDIA nForce 400 MCPs and GeForce 6100 GPUs provide its first GPU motherboard solutions designed to deliver high-definition video playback and output to high-definition televisions, leverage the GeForce6 graphics core that supports both Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3 (SM3.0) and at the same time, provide other digital media functionality, including secure networking and secure storage.
Rather than being branded with the nForce name, the new chips have been dubbed GeForce 6150 and GeForce 6100. The chips have two pixel pipelines, one vertex unit, and 425MHz and 475MHz clock speeds for the GeForce 6100 and 6150, respectively. The GeForce 6150 has been endowed with significantly more robust video output and playback capabilities than the 6100.
ASUSTeK, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Epox, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Jetway, MSI, and Shuttle plan to intergrate the Nvidia's solution soon.
With the NVIDIA nForce 400 and GeForce 6100 products aims at motherboard, global OEMs and system builders who intend to offer mainstream solutions for Microsoft Media Center, digital media products small form-factors, and small office, home office solutions. In addition, system builders and OEMs can promote their systems as being "HD Ready" by integrating DVI and component outputs directly on the PC for direct connection to a high definition display or television.
This is made possible by integration of NVIDIA Pure Video technology, whose hardware acceleration engine enables smooth playback of HD video, including Windows Media 9- and MPEG 2-based footage.
"NVIDIA's chipset and graphics innovation coupled with AMD64 technology continues to set new standards of excellence," said Emile Ianni, corporate vice president, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure Development, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. "Today's announcement showcases NVIDIA's commitment to extend to integrated solutions the leading-edge performance available until now only through discrete solutions. We are helping system integrators and OEMs offer their customers feature-rich AMD64 platforms for a variety of markets, including Media Center PCs, digital media PCs, small office/home office and home theater convergence products."
NVIDIA nForce 400 and GeForce 6100-based systems will be available from worldwide system builders in October.