The article from Bright Side of News about Apple also included some interesting NVIDIA information, the site heard NVIDIA scored 80 percent of Calpella design wins with their 40nm DirectX 10.1 GPUs. NVIDIA hardware reportedly performs much better in hybrid graphics mode, and it turns out notebook OEMs were more interested in the switching feature than DirectX 11.
Also worth noting is that according to available information, nVidia scored massive 80% of Calpella design wins with their 40nm based DirectX 10.1 parts, which only leaves us to wonder where things went wrong for AMD and their Manhattan line of Mobility Radeon products. As you probably know, ATI Manhattan is a codename for mobile versions of DirectX 11 parts [Evergreen family].
But it turns out that OEMs were much more interested in Hybrid Graphics mode and allegedly nVidia hardware performs much better in that switching function than ATI-based GPUs. Given that AMD has its own vision for notebooks, we're not entirely surprised at this chain of events.
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Re: NVIDIA DX10.1 mobile GPUs in 80 percent of Calpella notebooks by Anonymous on Monday, December 07 2009 @ 14:21:39 CET
Probably best to make this statement 1 month BEFORE ATI comes out with it's DX11 mobile chip. 9 months after that, things won't look so rosy as the above looks now.