Nvidia CES roundup: HDMI, HDTV, h.264 oh my!

Lots of news out of the Nvidia camp from CES 2006.

First up, Nvidia delivers first HDMI video card solution for Sony HTPC (press release)

Nvidia demo’s hardware accelerated h.264 forceware drivers for both 6xxx and 7xxx gpu’s!

“NVIDIA showed us a demo of their upcoming Forceware drivers with support for hardware accelerated h.264 decoding. Unlike ATI’s h.264 hardware decoding that is limited to X1000 series of GPU’s, NVIDIA is supporting h.264 hardware decoding in all PURE Video compatible GPU’s. The above demo was of a 6600 series GPU playing back a 1080p h.264/AVC video clip. The video was very smooth and did not drop any frames.”

Anandtech scoop on an HDTV-DVD notebook which also mentions the h.264 pure video decoding hardware acceleration.

Finally here’s a Nvidia press release roundup of what Nvidia demo’d at CES 2006 this year.

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NVIDIA Demonstrates High Definition Processor Leadership at CES

For further information, contact:

Brian Burke
NVIDIA Corporation
(512) 401-4385


LAS VEGAS, NV—JANUARY 4, 2006—As the digital age becomes more pervasive, high definition (HD) visuals are becoming increasingly important. A walk through the NVIDIA tradeshow booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), being held this week in Las Vegas, could leave you with the impression that NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the center of the digital revolution—as high definition games and high definition video abound on a variety of platforms, all driven by powerful NVIDIA graphics and video processors designed to deliver smooth high definition playback and pristine image quality.

At CES this year, the digital revolution is on display from January 5-9 at the NVIDIA booth, located in booth number 36200 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“NVIDIA has an exceptional track record for technology leadership and execution in creating computer chips that process digital information quickly with high quality output,” stated Rob Csongor, vice president of worldwide marketing at NVIDIA. “The shift to digital media places NVIDIA in an enviable position because we can apply our expertise to new high definition formats and drive our award-winning technologies into new mobile and digital video platforms.”

The NVIDIA CES booth offers an HD experience for almost any digital media application. Demonstrations at the NVIDIA CES booth include:

Home Theater PCs

* The world’s first High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) PC, the Sony VAIO VGX-XL1 Digital Living System, featuring the NVIDIA GeForce® 6200 GPU and NVIDIA PureVideo™ technology.
* A large selection of the latest Media Center PCs featuring the GeForce 6600 with passive cooling for silent operation.

High Definition Gaming

* The complete line of NVIDIA GeForce® 6 and GeForce 7 GPUs, which are based on the Company’s award-winning architectures and feature groundbreaking visual effects technologies.
* HD games displayed on the brilliant, new Dell 3007 WFP 30-inch flat screen display.
* HD gaming titles including Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach from Turbine Entertainment/Atari, Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy from Vivendi-Universal, F.E.A.R. from Vivendi-Universal, The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2 from Electronic Arts, SWAT 4: The Sketchkov Syndicate from Vivendi-Universal, and TimeShift from Atari.

Create, Edit, and Deliver

* NVIDIA will be showcasing its partners who use PureVideo technology to accelerate and enhance all stages of the professional and pro-sumer digital video production pipeline.
* 3D Edit and Red Giant Software showing HD video editing accelerated by NVIDIA PureVideo technology.

High Definition DVD and Blu-ray Movie Acceleration

* Cyberlink, Intervideo, and Nero will be demonstrating playback of movies encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC—the next–generation format that will be used on HD DVD and Blu-ray disks—using hardware acceleration provided by NVIDIA PureVideo technology.

Handheld Graphics Processing

* NVIDIA GoForce 3D 4800 handheld GPU-powered devices including the 3G Motorola RAZR V3x and the Sony Ericsson W900i, the latest in their range of Walkman™ phones.
* NVIDIA GoForce 4000-powered devices, including the LG KC 8100, the Kyocera C76 and DO3, the Motorola E1000, V980 and V1070, and the SimCom S788 mobile phones.

Microsoft® Vista™

* The graphical enhancements of the soon to be released operating system from Microsoft will be highlighted on a variety of Vista-ready GPUs from NVIDIA.

Featured in NVIDIA GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs, NVIDIA PureVideo technology allows users to experience home-theater quality video on the PC with superb picture clarity and precise, vivid colors across all HD resolutions. High quality HD output is powered by NVIDIA PureVideo technology, with hardware acceleration engine and advanced software algorithms to enable smooth, crystal-clear playback of HD video, including H.264/MPEG4-AVC, Windows® Media Video 9- and MPEG 2-based footage, with minimal CPU overhead.

NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of our PureVideo technology and GPUs when used with HDMI are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, delays in ramping new products into production, unexpected difficulties integrating products, changes in industry standards and interfaces, the impact of competitive products and pricing, market adoption of PCs to maximize home theater systems and to experience digital content, complications in ease of use, manufacturing or software defects, and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2005. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


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