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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA - News), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today unveiled a revolutionary new technology that enables multiple NVIDIA® GeForce(TM) 6 Series or NVIDIA Quadro® graphics cards to operate in a single PC or workstation for a stunning increase in graphics horsepower. Appearing later this year in PCI Express-based PCs and workstations from the world's top manufacturers, the new NVIDIA SLI(TM) technology takes full advantage of the additional bandwidth and features of this new high-bandwidth bus architecture.
SLI (Scan Line Interleaving) created by 3dfx six years ago was all about pure performance and higher resolutions. [...] You connected the two cards via an internal ribbon cable as well as an external pass-through cable. Once the drivers were installed it did everything “automagically”. All you had to do was sit back and enjoy much faster frame rates in your games. [...] NVIDIA purchased 3dfx's intellectual properties and now it seems they are ready to reveal to us a little something they may have learned from 3dfx that is built in to their new GeForce 6 series of GPUs. And that is a new "SLI" technology.
Alienware’s Video Array works with video cards from any manufacturer; ATI, NVidia, 3DLabs, Matrox, or others. Since you are not tied to any one manufacturer’s products, you can configure the Video Array with the video cards that work best for your application.
The Video Array uses off-the-shelf video cards and drivers. There is no need to have any special provisions in hardware or software for Video Array to work. When there is a new feature or optimization implemented in the drivers, they become readily available through Video Array.
Alienware’s Video Array is not limited to 2 video cards. Future implementations may take advantage of this and put 4 or more video cards into one system. This would probably be more geared towards professional applications like rendering farms.