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Leading graphics chip designer NVIDIA Corp. said at Consumer Electronics Show its GeForce Go 6200 graphics processing unit would power thin-and-light notebooks, targeting a market where the company’s success has been more than moderate in the past.

“Historically, the challenge has always been getting high performance multimedia GPUs into thin-and-light notebooks that are very lightweight, small and feasible for travel. The dramatic technology advances in the GeForce Go 6200 GPU with TurboCache technology allows world class graphics and video performance to be delivered in thin-and-light notebooks… the notebook you want to take with you,” said Rob Csongor, general manager, mobile GPUs for NVIDIA.

NVIDIA’s GeForce Go 6200 visual processing unit for notebooks with PCI Express interconnection is projected to sport four pixel pipelines as well as innovations found in the GeForce 6-series of VPUs, such as Shader Model 3.0, PureVideo, multi-monitor capabilities and so on. The company’s TurboCache technology is likely to allow offering decent performance at lower price-points thanks to savings on local frame-buffer.

The Santa Clara, California-based graphics company said its latest mobile chip GeForce Go 6200 sports PowerMizer 5.0 technology, which provides better electric and thermal specifications compared to previous versions of the technology. NVIDIA said the GeForce Go 6 architecture itself has higher power efficiency compared to the firm’s previous generation products, potentially because of thinner – 0.11 micron process technology, furthermore, the new chips also features more circuits on lower voltage rails as well as thermal diode/thermal sensor chip integrated into the die.

So far NVIDIA has not finalized specifications – both performance and thermal – for the GeForce Go 6200 graphics processing unit series. The company said it would release them in about a week or so.

NVIDIA Corp. in early November, 2004, releases its first GeForce Go 6 GPU: the GeForce Go 6800. The chip was aimed at desktop-replacement notebooks and could not boast with low thermal characteristics and long battery life. The GeForce Go 6200 is expected to be fully opposite: the main focus of the product is likely to be long battery life, but not extreme speed in 3D apps.


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