After AMD first demonstrated their Hybrid Crossfire technology mid last month, it was inevitable that NVIDIA would step up to the plate with something similar soon after; and what better way to show it off than at CES?
Hybrid SLI works in a very similar way to the Hybrid Crossfire system we first heard about last month; it allows one of NVIDIA's integrated mGPUs to continue working in conjunction with a discreet graphics card; this effectively in an SLI arrangement for extra performance on tap and not leaving any part of the system going to waste.
As well as the unveiling of Hybrid SLI today, NVIDIA have also let out details of some upcoming chipsets they're currently working on which will all be compatible with the Hybrid SLI system; these are the NVIDIA 780a SLI, 750a SLI, and uATX GeForce 8200 chipsets.
You can find NVIDIA's official PR on Hybrid SLI over at their press room, and there's stacks of coverage floating around the web about it as per the below links :-
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW-LAS VEGAS, NV-JANUARY 7, 2008-NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today announced the industry's first hybrid technology for PC platforms-Hybrid SLI-that addresses two critical issues: increasing graphics performance and reducing power consumption. NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology will be incorporated into a wide variety of graphics and motherboard desktop and notebook products that the Company is rolling out for both AMD and Intel desktop and notebook computing platforms throughout 2008.