NVIDIA Visualizes HP Workstations

Graphics chip maker NVIDIA Wednesday said it has inked a deal to put its recently announced Quadro FX processors in Hewlett-Packard workstations.

The deal makes the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000 workstation graphics chips an option for HP’s IA-32-based workstation product line. The chips will be made available to certified HP resellers starting in February.

The contract covers HP’s xw workstations — the xw4000, xw5000, xw6000 and xw8000.

Both the FX 2000 and FX 1000 feature three parallel vertex engines with on-chip vertex cache, 128-bit floating point precision with eight fully programmable pixel pipelines, and a new line engine coupled to a high speed DDR2 memory interface. The chips also support for resolutions up to 3840×2400 QUXGA.

The company said the new graphic chips could run games, 3D graphics and other heavy visual programs up to five times faster than previous generation products.

The announcement marks the first major partner for Santa Clara-based NVIDIA’s new Quadro line.

“The combination of the HP workstations and the Quadro FX series should provide customers with a powerhouse graphics solution that delivers the performance, stability and visual quality they require,” said HP workstations business unit vice-president of marketing Jim Zafarana.

NVIDIA is working hard to keep its place on company desktops. The company is facing increased competition from rival ATI Technology and its new RADEON 9700 PRO chips. NVIDIA is countering with its highly anticipated GeForce FX series graphics processors.

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