Laptops let users choose graphics or battery life

Three laptop PC makers'Sony, Fujitsu Siemens and BenQ'today announced the availability of laptops that let users switch between an NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU) and Intel Centrino 2 integrated graphics without rebooting.

Users can choose between accessing greater visual computing power or reducing power demands to extend battery life, NVIDIA officials said.

The notebooks offering this hybrid graphics feature are:
  • Sony VAIO Z series laptops with GeForce 9300M GS GPUs
  • Fujitsu Siemens Amilo XI 3650 entertainment laptops with GeForce 9600 GT GPUs
  • BenQ Joybook S42 laptops with GeForce 9600M GT GPUs.

Users can choose between the NVIDIA GeForce GPU for visually intensive applications or Intel Centrino 2 for applications such as word processing and e-mail, NVIDIA officials said.

This switching capability was engineered through a collaborative effort between NVIDIA, Intel and notebook makers, NVIDIA said.

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