Chosen as a CES Innovations Honoree for 2007, NVIDIA Preface provides notebook PC users running Windows SideShow with "always-on" access to e-mail, calendars, maps, and other data via a secondary display-even when the notebook is powered down. Notebooks with in-lid secondary displays and keypads based on NVIDIA Preface are expected to hit the market early this year.
The new extensions to NVIDIA Preface platform support Bluetooth wireless communication, which will allow Windows Vista PC users to access their data from companion devices. This capability, combined with the thin, low-power design of the NVIDIA Preface platform, opens the door to a wide variety of form factors, including:
- Credit card-sized devices with a 2.5-inch display
- Gaming companion devices with 3.5-inch or larger displays
- Media Center SideShow-enabled remote controls with Bluetooth and consumer IR technology
- Integration into backpacks, carrying cases, and clothing
SideShow devices communicate with the main PC via mini-applications called gadgets, which retrieve critical data from hard drives or online information sources. Several gadgets are expected to ship with Windows Vista, with many more available for download on the Microsoft Gadget Web site or pre-installed by the PC OEM or system builder. The NVIDIA Preface platform also includes native SideShow gadgets that interoperate with the built-in Music Player and Picture Viewer, both of which can operate even when the host PC is powered down.