Thursday, November 06, 2008

Nvidia GeForce 3D Stereo Glasses Ready For Shipping

According to sources in Taiwan's graphics card industry, Nvidia has outsourced the manufacturing of its GeForce 3D stereo glasses to EMS provider Flextronics, and the product has passed design validation tests (DVT) in October and is ready to be shipped before the end of 2008. Once the product is launched, Nvidia will not ship the product to all of its partners but will instead choose a sole distributor in each market zone to prevent price competition, and the product will be mainly targeted to system integrators (SI), especially in the China and South Korea markets, the sources explained.

Based on information from Nvidia's website and sources familiar with the product's development, the GeForce Stereoscopic 3D glasses can only be supported by LCD monitors that feature "true" 120Hz monitor panels. The sources explained that some LCD monitor vendors are marketing 120Hz monitors that actually only overdrive 60Hz monitor panels, meaning that while the display is refreshed at a double rate, the image remains the same. Nvidia requires true 120Hz panels to support its 3D stereo glasses, as a different image (one for each eye) is used for each refresh, and displays that support the technology will bear a 3D Ready logo so that consumers know which models can be used.

Nvidia first demonstrated the stereoscopic 3D glasses and their technology at the Nvision 08 show in August. In their original press release Ujesh Desai, general manager of GeForce desktop products said, “This technology is killer. When you experience our immersive 3D technology, the game totally changes. You feel like you’re in the middle of all the action. It’s totally awesome!”

Currently there are only a few monitors listed on Nvidia's 3D Stereo support page as well as a short list of supported games (pdf)

Source: DigiTimes Daily IT News

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