NVIDIA today announced availability of its comprehensive Media Center product suite to system builders planning to introduce new PCs based on Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition (MCE) this holiday season. NVIDIA’s MCE product suite, established with input from Microsoft, gives system builders worldwide the opportunity to take advantage of competitively-priced hardware bundles. These bundles include NVIDIA’s cutting-edge graphics processing units (GPUs), TV tuners and multimedia software technologies, each designed to meet the needs of PC manufacturers looking to deliver the best media center experience on desktop and notebook PCs. NVIDIA has updated its MCE product suite of hardware and software technologies to include: NVIDIA GeForce(TM) 6 series and GeForce FX GPUs for desktop and notebook PCs, NVIDIA nForce(TM)2 and nForce3, Media Center-ready software and NVTV analog and digital TV tuner cards.

NVIDIA today announced availability of its comprehensive Media Center product
suite to system builders planning to introduce new PCs based on Microsoft®
Windows® XP Media Center Edition (MCE) this holiday season. NVIDIA’s MCE product
suite, established with input from Microsoft, gives system builders worldwide
the opportunity to take advantage of competitively-priced hardware bundles.
These bundles include NVIDIA’s cutting-edge graphics processing units (GPUs), TV
tuners and multimedia software technologies, each designed to meet the needs of
PC manufacturers looking to deliver the best media center experience on desktop
and notebook PCs.

Already the technology provider of choice for the majority of PCs based on
the Windows XP Media Center Edition shipping today, NVIDIA has updated its MCE
product suite of hardware and software technologies to include:

  • NVIDIA GeForce(TM) 6 series and GeForce FX GPUs for desktop and notebook
    PCs. Top-to-bottom product families that enable superior high- definition
    video playback and high-performance 3D gaming. NVIDIA’s video processing
    engine (VPE), a built in feature on select GPUs, delivers a cost- effective
    solution for enhanced viewing of all video content.
  • NVIDIA nForce(TM)2 and nForce3 media and communications processors (MCPs).
    The ultimate foundation for Media Center PCs, NVIDIA MCPs feature integrated
    USB and Firewire ports for connecting a broad range of digital media devices,
    as well as advanced audio technologies with Dolby(TM) Digital surround sound.
  • Media Center-ready software. NVIDIA decoder drivers power crisp DVD
    playback, while integrated menu extensions give users full control of display
    and audio settings from the Windows XP Media Center Edition interface and
    remote control.
  • NVIDIA NVTV analog and digital TV tuner cards. Low-cost, low-profile
    hardware solution with MPEG-2 encoding delivers high-quality TV viewing over
    analog and digital signals.

NVIDIA also announced that its graphics and TV tuner cards will be considered
for the "Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition" logo, a new certification
program announced today by Microsoft to identify third-party products and
technologies that have met a high-quality bar and are capable of delivering a
great computing experience on PCs featuring Microsoft Windows XP Media Center
Edition. Details around this extension of the Designed for Windows XP logo
program will be available later this fall.