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NVIDIA Now Providing Notebook Graphics Drivers On NVIDIA.COM

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:37 am
by Apoptosis
NVIDIA is offering notebook end-users the option of graphics driver upgrades direct from NVIDIA.COM for the first time. The driver update from NVIDIA will offer new features, improved application compatibility, and performance optimizations. The first web driver update from NVIDIA will extend NVIDIA CUDA™ technology to notebook graphics processing units (GPUs). CUDA technology also moves physics processing to the GPU for new levels of realism in games and virtual worlds based on the market leading PhysX API.

Notebook manufacturers have historically only allowed graphics drivers to be offered directly from them. This was due to the fact that the drivers had to be customized in order to maintain unique implementations of dedicated hotkeys, power management, and smooth suspend/resume. NVIDIA has worked diligently over the past year to modularize its driver architecture and develop a unified driver install package that will not only work with laptops from all manufacturers but also maintain all of their specific model customizations such as hotkeys and suspend and resume functionality. Consumer demand for timely driver updates has outgrown the rate at which drivers are currently supplied to the market. Customers need new drivers in order to be able to take full advantage of the latest visual computing applications.

Here is the release: