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SLI coming to laptops soon

Nvidia's double bubble
Mon Jan 09 2006, 11:53
NVIDIA is working on a dual graphic card design for laptops. Perhaps we should really say for desktop replacement laptops, as you won't see this feature in thin and light notebook machines. It is simply impossible to cool thin and light machines with two graphic cards inside.

The concept is rather simple. You take two MXM graphic modules, plug them in one of those Desktop replacement machines and you can run SLI on your notebook. Nvidia will probably make the chipset that can accommodate SLI in notebooks and we have some reason to think this board is already finished. It is Nforce 4 SLI for notebooks.

Of course, the ODMs will make the notebooks with SLI and companies will just put their stickers on the notebooks and claim that their design is the best one. That's how the notebook business works.

We don't know when such notebooks are likely to appear, but it should not be that long. They're likley to tip up this quarter.

Guys such as Alienware, Voodoo PC and some other super high-end guys will pick up the SLI feature as there are people with deep pockets who would like to have SLI in notebooks. Keeping these notebooks cool will be problematic and you can simply forget about battery life in those designs. A less power-hungry graphics arrangement is likely to be required for real on-the-move gaming. µ


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