Nvidia pitches multi-display GPU at businesses

Nvidia is launching the NVS 300 series of graphics processors for multi-monitor use in a business environment.

The NVS 300 series can power up to eight displays from a single card at resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, via VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, or HDMI connectors - although it's up to each hardware partner to add the requisite number of outputs in order to bring the full capabilities of the GPU to bear.

Concentrating more on media playback and multi-display use than the raw 3D power of the company's consumer line of GeForce GPUs, the NVS 300 series offers builds on the company's previous NVS 295 range with a 25 per cent increase in power efficiency - a real-world saving of 5.5 watts compared to the previous generation, which across a few thousand installations could mean a significant saving.

The company has also made multi-monitor displays easier to work with, adding Nvidia Mosaic Technology to the GPUs - a method for scaling a single application window across up to eight displays, making it easy to create low-cost 'video walls.' Sadly, however, Nvidia Mosaic looks like a Windows-only technology for now.

Jeff Brown, general manager of Nvidia's professional solutions group and never one to hold back on the hyperbole, claims that "The NVS 300 is built for demanding enterprises that require high reliability, improved manageability, and tremendous value," and sees the new GPU making a serious impact in the digital signage and multi-display business market.

Although pricing has yet to be confirmed, the company has announced that hardware partners PNY, ELSA, and Leadtek will be producing cards based around the NVS 300 GPU in PCIe x16 and x1 low-profile formats.