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NVIDIA Brings Quadro GPU to Mac Platform

NVIDIA Brings Quadro GPU to Mac Platform

Hot on the heels of Autodesk's release of AutoCAD for the Mac, NVIDIA announced new versions of its Quadro professional graphics solutions for the Apple platform, bringing a new level of computational and visualization capabilities to Mac Pro users running the Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system.

The NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit (GPU), bolstered by the NVIDIA Fermi architecture, will accelerate workflows and the performance of a range of professional and engineering applications by tapping into the parallel processing capabilities delivered by Fermi and CUDA, NVIDIA's programming environment, according to NVIDIA officials. As a result, professional video applications along with technical computing language tools such as MATLAB from The MathWorks can benefit from features such as fast double precision, which are unique to the Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac.

"The visualization features in the Quadro 4000, coupled with GPU-accelerated computation for algorithm development and deployment with MATLAB and Parallel Computing Toolbox, are a powerful combination of capabilities for the Mac platform," noted Silvina Grad-Freilich, manager of parallel-computing marketing, at MathWorks, in a prepared release.

The high-end NVIDIA Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac, with 256 NVIDIA CUDA processing cores and 2GB of fast GDDR5 memory, will deliver sophisticated graphics performance across a broad range of design, animation and video applications. In addition, with new NVIDIA Scalable Geometry Engine technology, the Quadro 4000 for Mac can process up to `890 million triangles per second', enabling professionals to design, iterate and deliver higher quality results in less time, NVIDIA officials claim.

The Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac provides additional display flexibility through a DisplayPort and a DVI-I (Dual Link) connector built into its bracket, along with a 3-D stereo bracket for optimal stereo connection to the system. A DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort cable is also included to enable mini-DisplayPort only Apple displays. Additionally, users can enable up to four high resolution displays from a single Mac Pro using dual NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac boards.

The Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac, priced at $1,199, is available this month at, select Apple resellers and system integrators and from authorized distribution partners.

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