- About NVIDIA
Imagine being able to check an address or read an email, or listen to your iTunes playlist without having to boot up your entire PC. NVIDIA® Preface™ is a technology platform designed with this kind of functionality in mind.
The NVIDIA Preface technology enables a secondary display that gives users access to information from their notebook or PC through the new Windows Sideshow platform, a new feature of Windows Vista, even when the main system is powered down. Since the Preface platform is so power-efficient, it can run for hundreds of hours without draining your battery, providing “Always On” access to your data and multimedia content. ASUS and LG have recently announced notebooks with NVIDIA Preface built into the lid.
Even when a Preface-enabled notebook is turned off or on stand-by you can see in the secondary display:
The Preface display is the first thing you see on your notebook, and provides a window to view you what you want, when you want it.
In addition to the ability to embed the Preface in a notebook lid, the Preface technology can also be seamlessly designed into existing devices and lifestyle items, such as:
So whatever the form factor or hosting device, customers will have access to their information via Windows SideShow while away from their computer or on the move.
|NVIDIA is working hand in hand with Microsoft® to proliferate SideShow technology to the Vista gadget developer ecosystem, providing support for the design of SideShow-enabled gadgets that extend applications beyond the every day desktop computing environment – all with high power efficiency. In addition to gadgets, Preface supports “native” applications that take advantage of rich media capabilities. Below is a list of example gadgets and other mini-applications that can be used on the Preface platform:|
| Music Player
| Photo and Video Playback