Feeds

Nvidia's Virtual AGP design…

...will beat competition to market with boards

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Virtual AGP design is also one of the many features that have emerged from Nvidia’s laboratories. This is one of the basic proofs that this company wants to have its fingers in all categories, from the lowest to the highest. Virtual AGP is designed for older computer systems without any AGP slot. Specially targeted machines are the many i810 mainboards which do not provide any AGP slots. The i810 chipset just has integrated VGA, with practically no 3D features, as well as many PCI, slots which means that there's no AGP 3D gaming power available. Besides this, for many i810 and i810e mainboards on market this will be a very useful feature, particularly for Socket 7 which doesn't have an AGP port. The solution for this problem is a patent from Nvidia called “Virtual AGP”. It provides high performance AGP style graphical options for Non AGP slot systems. It's based on unique NVIDIA texture management technology – Virtual AGP. Believe it or not, it provides AGP style texturing in standard PCI slot. The benefits from this technology will mainly be AGP functionality on the PCI bus followed with better performance and higher resolutions. Products based on it will enable very large texture memory support on all systems. It will provide full speed DVD decode with no increased CPU utilisation. One cool thing for Graphiczilla is that it currently doesn't have any competition in the market with similar solutions and it's much more affordable to upgrade, than to buy a new AGP based system and card. Nvidia's close partners will offer two basic models of this cards: a TNT2 M64 PRO based VAGP card with 64-bit 133Mhz chip with 166 Mhz memory clock and with 16 and 32 MB of display buffer and a more powerful TNT2 PRO based VAG-P card with a 128-bit, 143Mhz chip with 166 Mhz memory clock with 32 MB of display buffer. Both cards are likely to support Open GL ICD, large textures up to 2048x2048 and will work with 32 bit color and 32 bit Z/stencill buffer. According to Nvidia’s tests these other cards are faster than Voodoo 3 2000 and 3000 PCI. Expect this technology later this this quarter or early in the next quarter. We are expecting first products very soon. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.