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Nvidia launches Quadro Plex

Power through the peepholes
Tue Aug 01 2006, 16:24
TODAY NVIDIA previewed its latest Quadro offering, the Quadro Plex 1000. The dedicated VCS unit features SLI multi-GPU technology is designed to meet the most demanding professional CAD, DCC, and visualization application requirements. Multiple Nvidia Quadro Plex VCSs can be combined to further scale performance, quality and channels. The three Quadro Plex 1000 systems can be found here on Nvidia's website. The system runs with a 512MB GDDR3-1GB GDDR2 Frame Buffer per GPU utilizing a 256-Bit memory interface at a 32-Bit floating point precision.

Support forGenlock/Frame Lock allows the graphics output to synchronized to an external source, typically for film and broadcast video applications. systems can be easily deployed in a desktop workspace or can be transformed to fit any standard 19" 3U rack environment due to the units compact design.

Nvidia is stating that the new design can reach up to 2.4GB/sec pixel read-back performance host throughput, which would make it push it to almost 10x the performance of previous generation of workstation graphic systems. Support for up to up to 64x SLIAA (Model II) and 32x SLIAA (Models I & III) is supported up to resolutions of 1920x1200. On the two entry level models, a quad dual-link TMDS transmitters support ultra-high-resolution panels with resolutions up to 3840 x 2400 @ 24Hz on each panel. The Model III offers support up to 8 dual-link digital display connectors. On the Quadro Plex 1000 Model III SDI output of uncompressed 8-, 10-, or 12-Bit video is supported. The programmable GPU architecture and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 SDI specific graphic user interface enable configurability of: video channels, color space conversion, and gamma correction. A video backend unit provides full support for outputs in the following 2K, HD, and SD formats through 2 video channels with support for either 2 distinct channels of fill or 1 channel of fill and 1 channel of key. Sony is showing off their latest digital 4k projection system and the Nvidia Quadro Plex solution has the ability to natively drive the projector at full resolution. According to Nvidia, the product should be available to end users in about 3 weeks. More information can be found here. µ


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