In the past, both NVIDIA and ATI have made inroads when it came to lowering the power consumption of their mobile solutions. However, as notebook, tablet and netbook technology moves forward, users are putting more and more demands on theses systems’ video processing capabilities. With HD YouTube videos, internet movie streaming and a massive upswing in the popularity of indie games, dedicated mobile GPUs have become a must-have for many consumers. Adding a GPU to an efficient device usually results in decreased efficiency but it now looks like NVIDIA is trying to make this a thing of the past.
In a recent blog post to their nTersect Blog, NVIDIA sheds some light upon an upcoming technology called Optimus. While the details are virtually non-existent at this point, it seems Optimus will allow users to enjoy the power of a dedicated GPU on mobile platforms without sacrificing battery life. This seems to be a proprietary technology which will only be available to consumers with notebooks sporting NVIDIA GPUs and may be backwards-compatible with previous generations of mobile graphics processors which could prove to be a boon for many consumers. It will also be designed to work seamlessly in the background which should result in a transparent progression between high performance GPU computing and power saving efficiency.
The actual unveiling of Optimus will come sometime in Q1 2010. We will have more details as they become available.