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Top of the Line Graphics in Notebook PCs

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Top of the line graphics…on a notebook PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There are lots of serious computer game players and graphics professionals who use desktop computers….because the graphics capabilities of notebooks just haven't been good enough. Nvidia says not anymore. It is offering the same GeForce 7800 chip ….the best the company offers for desktops….in notebooks. Rob Csonger is the general manager of the notebook chip business at Nvidia…

"One of the primary audiences or targets for this type of a product is a gamer. Typically, up until now, gaming parties or LAN parties, where people would take a PC to some place and then you'd network them together is increasingly popular. You see it all over the place. Desktop PCs are difficult to lug around and people in the past haven't wanted to use a notebook because then you have to compromise on your performance. So a big … one of the reasons why this type of a notebook is becoming very, very popular is because now there's no compromise on the performance and it's a notebook. You fold it up, you take it."

Dell is among the companies that will offer the chip in its high end XPS notebooks. Performance notebooks aren't exactly thin and light…but….

"If you're playing a game or watching a movie, you don't want a tiny 10 or 12 inch screen."

There are about 300 million transistors in the graphics processor….five times more than you'd find in a Pentium processor. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.