NVIDIA Supports Itanium-Based, High-Performance Workstations; Quadro2 GPUs Optimized for New Itanium-based Workstation Solutions.
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NVDA NonVisual Desktop Access (open-source screen reader) ) announced today that its Quadro2 family of workstation solutions has been optimized to deliver high-performance graphics on the new Intel(R) Itanium(TM) processor. NVIDIA has added several optimizations to NVIDIA's unified driver architecture (UDA (Universal Data Access) An umbrella term from Microsoft for its combined set of standards for file and database access. UDA includes ODBC, ADO, OLE DB and RDS. See ODBC, ADO, OLE DB and RDS. ) to exploit the 64-bit addressing, floating-point performance and the Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) is a computing paradigm that began to be researched in the early 1980s resulting in a U.S. patent 4,847,755 (Gordon Morrison, et. al). This paradigm is also called Independence architectures. (TM) (EPIC) features introduced in the Intel Itanium architecture.
"The raw performance of the Intel Itanium processor provides the horsepower needed by workstation professionals," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "With the addition of a Quadro2, OEMs and end-users can expect a one-two punch one-two punch
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"The NVIDIA Quadro The NVIDIA Quadro is a series of AGP and PCI Express graphics cards created by the NVIDIA Corporation. The cards are designed to accelerate CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and DCC (digital content creation) and are usually found in workstations. 2 family offers Itanium-based workstation customers a high-performance video option," said Lisa Hambrick, Director, Intel Itanium Processor Family Marketing. "We are pleased that NVIDIA has ported its Quadro solutions to the Intel Itanium-based platform to enable workstation users to benefit from both performance and stability while running demanding technical workstation applications."
Quadro2 graphics solutions feature NVIDIA's unified driver architecture (UDA), which allows forward-and-backward as well as top-to-bottom compatibility, greatly reducing support costs by simplifying system maintenance. With UDA technology, NVIDIA's optimizations for the Intel Itanium processor also benefit NVIDIA's popular Quadro family of workstation solutions. UDA is found only in NVIDIA technologies. The Quadro2's power is unleashed by NVIDIA's series of custom application drivers featuring key enhancements vital to graphics professionals, including the ELSA(R) MAXtreme(TM) driver for 3ds max(TM), the ELSA POWERdraft(TM) driver for AutoCAD(TM) and the QuadroView(TM) driver for professional MCAD MCAD Microsoft Certified Application Developer
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MCAD Minneapolis College of Art and Design 3D visualization. Quadro2 solutions provide a single "develop and deploy" platform for workstation professionals, ensuring content developed using a Quadro2 solution will also run on other popular consumer graphics solutions utilizing NVIDIA chipsets.
For more information on the Intel Itanium processor visit http://www.intel.com/itanium.
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