NVIDIA Technologies Help HP Redefine the High-Performance PC -- Sleek New HP Firebird PC Features NVIDIA SLI, Hybrid SLI, and MXM 3.0 GPUs
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 06, 2009 -- A host of state-of-the-art technologies from NVIDIA are featured in one of the most innovative performance PCs ever created: the HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, debuting at CES.
Striking a critical balance between performance and energy efficiency, the HP Firebird offers stunning graphics and CUDA(TM) performance in a sleek new desktop design. The HP Firebird features dual NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 9800S MXM 3.0 modules(1) which are one-fifth the size of typical graphics cards and use approximately one-half the power. Together, they are designed to deliver lightning-fast performance in HD resolutions while reducing size, power consumption and noise. The GPUs can dramatically accelerate applications such as gaming and video transcoding which are written to take advantage of a CUDA-based GPU(2).
NVIDIA Hybrid SLI(R) technology featured in the HP Firebird can shut down the GeForce GPUs for less intensive applications to help save power. This technology combined with HP's factory-sealed liquid cooling can ensure that the HP Firebird runs quietly and efficiently. HP encased these technologies in a striking and compact design that would be a showpiece on any desk.
On display at CES: See the HP Firebird at NVIDIA's booth in the South Hall, #35352; and at HP's booth in the South Hall, #31112.
"The HP Firebird is one of the most innovative and versatile performance PCs ever created. It's an engineering tour-de-force that could only be accomplished with GeForce GPUs, NVIDIA SLI, and Hybrid SLI," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GeForce Business Unit at NVIDIA. "These technologies give the HP Firebird extraordinary capabilities in a remarkably compact design."
"The cutting-edge design of the HP Firebird uses several innovations from NVIDIA to make it one of the world's first hybrid high-performance PCs," said Rahul Sood, chief technologist for the Voodoo brand in the Personal Systems Group at HP. "In a market full of gas-guzzling SUV gaming PCs, we designed a high-performance PC that sips power. This is one of the first desktop PCs that combines NVIDIA SLI with Hybrid SLI to enable screaming performance when you need it and energy efficiency when you don't."
NVIDIA technologies in the HP Firebird include:
-- Dual GeForce 9800S MXM 3.0 GPUs with 128 parallel processing cores deliver incredible visual computing performance
-- NVIDIA CUDA technology accelerates a host of applications such as video editing and video transcoding(2)
-- NVIDIA SLI technology provides an awesome gaming experience at HD resolutions
-- NVIDIA PhysX(R) technology for breathtaking realism in games like Mirror's Edge
-- NVIDIA Hybrid Power technology enables the GPUs to quickly shut down without logging off, to conserve energy during less-intensive applications
-- High-quality video playback with NVIDIA PureVideo(R) HD technology, which offloads 100% of all video processing from the CPU to the GPU
-- Support for advanced audio and video connectivity, including uncompressed LPCM 7.1 audio, dual-link DVI, and HDMI
The HP Firebird is scheduled for release on January 9, 2009. For more information, visit http://www.voodoopc.com.
(1) MXM(TM) technology is an open standard developed by NVIDIA for mobile modular graphics cards. The MXM technology standard gives PC manufacturers greater design flexibility while allowing consumers the option to upgrade their graphics module.
(2) Elemental Technologies' Badaboom can transcode video up to 20 times faster with a GeForce GPU than with a CPU alone. MotionDSP's video enhancement software (code named "Carmel") enables real-time video enhancement and editing with a CUDA-ready GPU. CyberLink PowerDirector 7 speeds up video editing with CUDA. ArcSoft's TotalMedia Theatre uses CUDA for high-quality DVD up-scaling while minimizing CPU utilization.
And Pegasys accelerates video editing features of its popular TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress.
NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce graphics products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro(R) graphics products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla(TM) computing solutions products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit http://www.nvidia.com.