Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia has made its first move in the mobile arena by introducing a dedicated chipset. The GeForce2 Go is derived from the GeForce2 MX Nvidia, which was launched in August.
At the time, Jen-Hsun Huang, president, said the product would be adapted for mobile markets. It is expected to be the first of many releases by Nvidia in this division.
"Next to the desktop PC, the laptop market is the second largest segment and rapidly growing," said Huang. "The market discontinuity created by GeForce2 Go and the quality of our first design wins will drive our rapid growth in this platform."
Aimed at business users and gaming enthusiasts, Nvidia claims the device delivers up to 10 times the 3D performance of standard notebook video cards. It features an onboard graphics processing unit, designed to take strain away from a laptop processor and comes in configurations with up to 32Mb of DDR-SDRam. It is capable of accelerated MPeg-2 and DVD playback.
The company's TwinView technology enables the card to display video across multiple monitors in simultaneous or separate playback. Toshiba, Nvidia's first mobile partner, is expected to ship laptops including the device in spring 2001.
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