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Daily News Round #2 for July 29, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for July 29, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Jul 29, 2004 11:06 am

- NVIDIA Continues to Demonstrate 64-Bit Leadership, Supports New AMD Sempron Processor Family

nVidia have some info they'd like to share with everyone today, bringing two press releases to our attention.


Firstly, they announce the availability of their latest 3D demonstration "Blobby Dancer" which takes full advantage of 64-bit extentions in line with their nForce3 platform. They go on to say that when comparing the demonstration to a replica with limited 32bit instructions, their 64bit variant performs on average 27% faster, which in-turn helps to provide a clearer indiction of what 64bit computing can bring. More details on the demo within nVidia's PR. The demo itself (weighing in at 19mb) can also be freely downloaded from their nZone website.


SINGAPORE - JULY 29, 2004 - NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced availability of a new 64-bit demonstration for NVIDIA nForce™3- and AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based PCs and notebooks. The highly-graphical 3D demo portrays a liquid-like dancer who moves and grooves in a surreal disco world, employing specialised 64-bit instructions that respond to real-time user intervention and music MP3s.


The 3D dancer was originally created as a 32-bit technology demonstration. NVIDIA ported the software code to demonstrate the increased performance offered by the advanced 64-bit processing architecture of the AMD Athlon 64 processor. Internal tests by NVIDIA show the new version outperforms the 32-bit version by more than 27 percent in comparable computing environments. Tests were conducted using an NVIDIA nForce3-based motherboard, an AMD Athlon 64 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce™ 6800 GT graphics processing unit, and Microsoft® Windows® XP 64-bit v.1195.


Next up, nVidia have also brought to our attention full compatibility of AMD's latest Sempron budget processor line with their nForce2 & 3 chipsets. More on this over at nVidia's press room.


SANTA CLARA, CA-JULY 28, 2004-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that the Company's current and future line of NVIDIA nForce™ media and communications processors (MCPs) will fully support the new AMD Sempron™ processor family introduced earlier today for everyday computing. Together with AMD, NVIDIA is ensuring that value-minded consumers can rely on high quality and reliable desktop and mobile PC computing platforms powered by AMD Sempron processors and NVIDIA nForce MCPs.


"NVIDIA nForce MCPs are designed to satisfy the needs for the markets AMD is targeting with its AMD Sempron processors," said Drew Henry, general manager of platform business at NVIDIA. "We believe we have the perfect core-logic solution for every product- and price-band of the new AMD Sempron processor family. From NVIDIA nForce2 to NVIDIA nForce3 to our new PCI-Express products that are scheduled to appear later this year, those interested in a great value proposition need to look no farther than motherboards and PCs based on NVIDIA nForce and AMD Sempron processor solutions."


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