NVIDIA NV17M Mobile Chipset Preview
Anti-Aliasing Support Where it is Needed
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Recently, there has been a lot of debate in the home graphics market about the advantages of Anti-Aliasing. In a nutshell, AA is what helps blend away the ‘jaggies’ that we see in games and other 3D graphics. While that battle has been raging between the ATI and NVIDIA home graphics chipsets, NVIDIA had the inspiration to add the AA power to where it really needed – in the mobile market.
Anyone who has worked on a laptop in the past year or so and tried to either play a 3D game or work on a 3D rendered image has noticed the surge of ‘jaggies’ that the rather limited screens force upon you. Most laptops today ship with XGA or worse LCD displays which effectively limit the number of pixels to 1024x768. That is about one-third of the amount of pixels of a 1600x1200 monitor. To compensate for the lack of a higher resolution, AA is in order.
This new AA technology has been tailored for the mobile market exclusively and has extra features and tweaks that the notebooks can take advantage of. Amazingly, the new NV17M can run in full AA mode, and still be 4 times faster than the original GeForce2Go chipset.
Below you will see to images that NVIDIA included in the press documents that demonstrate the advantages of the AA on laptops. The quality of the images is not as high as they should be, but I will be seeing a demo of this technology early into Comdex, so I may have some better images later.
Windows XP Support
NVIDIA has worked with Microsoft in much the same was AMD has during the development and launch of the Windows XP platform. NVIDIA was determined not only to dominate in terms of 3D on the mobile market, but also in 2D. The NV17M offers the fastest GUI and 2D performance in Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The chipset also has integrated a fast suspend and resume feature that will help the overall system recover from a sleep command quicker than before.
And, due to NVIDIA’s great line of drivers for their products, Windows XP is already prepared for the introduction of the NV17M chipset.
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