NVIDIA annuncia le certificazioni SLI
NVIDIA, con il seguente comunicato stampa, comunica di aver avviato una iniziativa per la certificazione di componenti e sistemi in grado di supportare la tecnologia SLI:
"THEALE, BERKSHIRE-NOVEMBER 10, 2004-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that its worldwide NVIDIA® SLI™ certification and logo programme is fully operational, with add-in cards, motherboards, and full PC systems already undergoing validation testing. NVIDIA is also working closely with its worldwide partners in the sales, marketing, and promotion of SLI technology to help consumers make an educated choice when purchasing SLI-Ready components or fully-equipped SLI PCs at retail or from qualified system builders.
NVIDIA SLI is the only graphics technology solution shipping today that allows users to combine the horsepower of two NVIDIA GeForce™6 series-based graphics cards (currently GeForce 6600 GT or higher) in a single PC, resulting in a stunning increase in graphics performance. SLI is a complete patent-pending solution, featuring an intelligent communication protocol embedded in the GPU, a high-speed digital interface to facilitate data flow between the two graphics cards, and a complete software suite providing dynamic load balancing, advanced rendering, and compositing to ensure smooth frame rates, unparalleled game play, and faster performance.
The NVIDIA SLI certification process includes complex testing and analysis to ensure electrical, mechanical, and thermal compatibility. For PC system integrators, NVIDIA will check thermal measurements and ensure additional shock, power, and vibration tests are conducted on multiple components, including hard drives, fans, and power supplies. For application developers who wish to tune their applications to run best under SLI configurations, NVIDIA is providing performance tools and a complete SLI development system that allow their content to take advantage of additional detail levels and resolutions not previously available to single GPU systems.
Under this new program, products may earn one of two NVIDIA SLI certification logos. The “NVIDIA SLI Ready” logo is for use with components such as SLI-based graphics cards, and SLI-capable motherboards, including those based on NVIDIA nForce™4 SLI technology. The “NVIDIA SLI” logo is for use with systems that have SLI-based graphics cards pre-installed with an NVIDIA SLI-Ready motherboard and all the appropriate drivers.
“This new certification and logo program helps end users looking to purchase or build this new class of PC make the right choice with regards to components and companies,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop products at NVIDIA. “When you see one of our NVIDIA SLI logos, you can be sure the product has been verified and tested with SLI technology and that your favourite PC games will be ready to take advantage of the combined power of two graphics cards.”"
Nel programma sono inclusi i seguenti produttori di sistemi completi: ABS, Alienware Corporation, Atelco, Cyberpower, EID, Falcon Northwest Computer Systems, iBuypower, IHDE, ISM, Network Technical, NTT, Olidata, Overdrive PC, Paradigit, Polywell, Scan, Topnotch, Velocity Micro, VoodooPC
Tra i principali produttori di schede madri aderiscono all'iniziativa: ABIT Computer Corporation, ASUSTeK Computer International, DFI, EPoX Computer Co. Ltd., Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd, Iwill Corporation, MSI Computer Corporation.
Di seguito i produttori di schede video che aderiscono al programma: Aopen America, INC, ASUS Computer International, BFG Technologies, Inc., eVGA.com Corporation, Gainward Co. Ltd., Jaton, Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd, Leadtek Research Inc., MSI Computer Corporation, Palit Microsystems, Inc., Peach, PNY Technologies, Inc., XFX.
Nel programma potrebbero entrare inoltre altri partner, sia per quanto riguarda produttori di sistemi, schede madri o schede video.