The American chip maker Nvidia Corp has introduced the GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), which helps even low-end computers deliver graphics-intensive tasks. VCA is a 4U system that is equipped with two Xeon processors and 16 Kepler-class GPUs that can collectively deliver full virtual graphics performance for clients or business networks running on Windows, Linux and Mac.
As the chipmaker has been struggling to keep up with the revenue because of the shrinking traditional PC market, it was desperately looking for a different domain to venture into. As the recent statistics reveal that consumers today are more fascinated about mobile devices including tablets and smartphones than traditional PC, Nvidia has been looking for a new segment where it can apply its expertise of making graphics chips. Now it has forayed into the sector in which it can apply its chips for enterprise computing, mobile devices and hand-held game devices.
The newly launched GRID VCA allows multiple users of even low-end PCs to get virtually connected to work on graphics-intensive tasks which include image processing and others.
Commenting on the launch of GRID VCA, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said that the new product would allow small-and medium-sized companies access to advanced graphics computing power for complex and graphics-intensive tasks like image processing without the need for top-tier PCs.
Huang added, “Nvidia GRID VCA is the first product to provide businesses with convenient, on-demand visual computing. Design firms, film studios, and other businesses can now give their creative team access to graphics-intensive applications with uncompromised performance, flexibility and simplicity.”
During the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California Nvidia said that the new GRID VCA will be made available in May 2013 at a starting price of $24,900. Moreover, the businesses using the GRID VCA will also have to purchase an annual software license costing $2,400.
In order to sell and promote the newly launched GRID VCA, the chipmaker is partnering with various enterprise technology companies including Hewlett-Packard Co (HP), International Business Machines Corp (IBM) and Dell Inc.