Items tagged with Optimus

It seems like just yesterday that we commented on how many new CULV notebooks had hit the scene, and how Intel had seemingly hit the proverbial sweet spot. These low-voltage Core processors fit perfectly between high-end netbooks and low-end mainstream laptops, offering enough power for most users in a package that would run for hours on end without a recharge. The price point was also good, with many CULV options listing for around $700 to $900. And then, the Core 2010 lineup of processors were launched, and Intel seemingly ate its own in a ploy to get even faster chips on the market. Today, we're taking a look at one of those very chips, a Core i3-350M that fits into... Read more...
We've already covered the launch of NVIDIA's power-saving Optimus technology and associated Next-Generation Ion platforms for Atom today (including the ZBox from Zotac), but there's a nifty video over at nTersect (NVIDIA's company blog) that's worth a watch if you want to see just how "Off" your video card is when a system uses Optimus technology. NVIDIA describes it thusly: Why? Because with Optimus when the GPU is not needed it is completely powered off automatically and seamlessly WHILE the rest of the system is up and running – the power to the PCI Express bus, the frame buffer memory, the GPU - everything. This is in contrast to switching the GPU to a low-power state or to ‘idle’, which... Read more...
Showing how mobility, cell phones, and netbooks overlap, Acer has just announced the Acer Aspire One 532G netbook at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The 532G is the first netbook with dedicated next-generation NVIDIA ION 2 graphics acceleration.  The machine also is enabled with NVIDIA's recently announced Optimus technology to balance multimedia performance  when needed, along with battery life savings, seamlessly switching to integrated Intel Atom/Pinetrail graphics when it's not required. Word is Ion 2 is going to be outfitted with twice the number of shaders for even more graphics horsepower as well.The Hi-Def 532G netbook will allow content to be played through... Read more...
Ideally, switchable graphics would be seamless. Launch an application that doesn't require significant graphics resources, and chipset graphics gets used. Fire up a game and the discrete GPU kicks in. Up to this point, a scenario like this simply wasn't available without a hard switch over and possible reboot but NVIDIA aims to change that with the release of their Optimus technology. NVIDIA Optimus Mobile Graphics Technology Preview... Read more...
A few years ago and again only recently, a select few notebooks hit the scene with "switchable graphics". That is to say, these notebooks are able to manually switch between low-power integrated graphics solutions in the notebook chipset, to more powerful, and higher-performing discrete graphics processors. To enthusiasts, power users, or even somewhat tech savvy consumers, switchable graphics seemed like a no compromise solution.  The IGP could be used to conserve battery life when multimedia performance wasn't necessary, while the discrete GPU was available for more demanding applications.In practice, however, notebooks with switchable graphics were somewhat cumbersome to use in the real... Read more...
With CES scheduled to begin in just two days, NVIDIA has begun publicly hinting about the technology it plans to display at the trade show this year. According to a recent blog post, the company will showcase a new mobile technology under the "Optimus" brand name. Details are scarce; the blog only states the following: "NVIDIA Optimus technology works on notebook platforms with NVIDIA GPUs. It is unique to NVIDIA. It is seamless and transparent to the user. Its purpose is to optimize the mobile experience by letting the user get the performance of discrete graphics from a notebook while still delivering great battery life. Look for more details next month." That's quite vague, even by the standards... Read more...
The Optimus Keyboard has been the source of a lot of attention and speculation, which is especially unusual for a keyboard.  Initially the four-digit asking price was the source of most of the press, but then came the rumors of the delays.  It seems that the latest rumors about yet another delay are false:“Optimus themselves have updated the situation, saying that standard shipments are still on track for February, but if you want a unit they will deliver it soon (but with only PC software, Mac software won't be ready until late January). Nothing's really changed, but they did explain that the slowness in development was caused by a Philips coprocessor that was so new that they had... Read more...
This has to be one of the coolest innovations in keyboards that we've seen in a long time.  Let's face it, keyboards aren't exactly sexy but the Optimus OLED keyboard is looking pretty hot! "Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment. ...Optimus is good for any layouts - Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic - and so on to infinity: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, mathematical functions. " Check out the Quake and Photoshop mappings. Too cool...... Read more...
The Unitech Optimus 8500 eXP A RADEON 8500 tweaked out for the masses By -Chris Angelini May 29th, 2002   Like it or not, NVIDIA is currently dominating the high-performance video card market.  With an aggressive release schedule and undeniably impressive array of graphics processors, NVIDIA has maneuvered into a comfortable position of supremacy.  Between the GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX families, both the enthusiast and business markets are being bombarded with attractive products.  Furthermore, the GeForce4 Go does a commendable job delivering 3D to mobile customers.  NVIDIA is now clearly gunning for its main competition, ATI Technologies. ATI is more than just a formidable... Read more...
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