Nvidia's Optimus, a Miracle: the Next Generation Video Driver

NVIDIA is not only a company but also a place where invention and quality mixers with each other. Company’s main aim is to develop the ATI and the GPU department. But microprocessor market is also in their concern because we can see a battle with ARM, INTEL and Qualcomm and NVIDIA. This company is also the pioneers in 3D technology for pc and laptop. They invent software in a regular basis in order to capture the Graphics market. There’s actually a huge link between the software & GPU market. What software has to do with improved GPUs, it is not an important question to be asked.

In this release, NVIDIA's Optimus is taking center stage, and the company's GPU switching technology is seeing improvements all thanks to software. GPU performance relies heavily on drivers, and poorly written drivers lead to poor performance. NVIDIA recently made drivers a top priority, even going so far as to align their notebook and desktop GPU driver releases with "Verde." NVIDIA is also releasing new drivers on a regular basis, which ensures that existing consumers are looked after even as GPU technology continues on at a breakneck rate. But the July 2010 Verde driver release is no normal release.

What is Optimus?

Optimus is only a switch able graphics on steroids, but some techniques make it so much better than gen2. The problems with generation two switch able graphics are:
Manual switching.
Blocking applications.
5 to 10 second delay.
Flicker or screen blanking when you switch between IGP and GPU.
The graphics is very poor and slow.
Optimus solves virtually every one of the complaints. Is it Manual switching? It's no longer required. Blocking applications? That doesn't happen anymore. Forget the 5 to 10 second delay; with the actual switch taking around 200 ms—and that time is hidden in the application launch process, so you won't notice it. Finally, there's no flicker or screen blanking when you switch between IGP and GPU. The only remaining concern is the...