Nvidia On Optimus: No Comment

Just before CES 2010 back in January, Nvidia updated its official blog with a teaser about an upcoming mobile technology called Optimus. Set for a Q1 release, the new "revolutionary" technology will only work on laptops powered by Nvidia GPUs.

Without offering in-depth details, the company said that Optimus is completely seamless, transparent, and will enable a Nvidia-branded integrated GPU to reach the same performance level as a conventional GPU, but without a heavy draw on the laptop's battery. This may indicate that Optimus controls a single GPU in a hardware or software sense, and scales the overall performance when needed.

However, since Optimus is an unannounced product, Nvidia refused to divulge additional details, and basically handed out "no comment" notices. Instead, queries are linked back to the pre-CES 2010 blog.

X-bit Labs seems to have acquired additional information however. According to the site, Nvidia will reveal the Optimus technology on February 9. It's also believed that the company is re-launching its older-yet-improved Hybrid SLI (or Hybrid Graphics) technology under the Optimus name. X-bit said that this could help Nvidia compete with microprocessors with a built-in graphics core.

With Nvidia keeping such a tight lid on the project, most of the information is speculative. Hopefully we'll know more next week. What's your take on Nvidia's Optimus?

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  • raw2dogmeat
    where's Fermi?
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  • AMW1011
    More renamed chips?!
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  • apache_lives
    Optimus = Transformed GTS250! LOOK AT ME IM SOMETHING ELSE YET IM NOT

    Also get the feeling Fermi is going to be a hot power hungry monster and will require another basic card/igp to counter the idle power/heat levels etc meaning as originally thought, optimus will be a renamed hybrid sli like design for it.
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  • raw2dogmeat
    where's Fermi?
    27
  • Anonymous
    Optimus = Fermi Mobile? That is my hunch....
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  • AMW1011
    More renamed chips?!
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