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NVIDIA Debuts Detonator XP Driver

(September 11, 2001)
NVIDIA Corporation announced the availability of its Detonator XP unified driver for its family of 3D graphics processing units (GPUs). Detonator XP includes specific technology designed to unleash the power of the Windows XP operating system ( It also provides performance enhancements for Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows Me environments.

Detonator XP contains the new-patented Detonator XPress Link technology utilizing the patented Direct Memory Access (DMA) found on all NVIDIA hardware, Detonator Xpress Link provides a direct connection from the hardware to the operating system. As a result, Detonator XPress Link assists in accelerating the new optimizations made in the I/O Subsystem and Memory Management portions of Windows XP's core. With Detonator XPress Link technology, NVIDIA is able to deliver the fastest 3D graphics performance on all Windows XP platforms.

Detonator XP also features a complete OpenGL 1.3 ICD with NVIDIA extensions -- allowing developers to create content that fully exposes the hardware features of NVIDIA's GPUs. Detonator XP also includes custom DirectX pipelines specifically designed to fully accelerate Windows XP and all other operating systems. By way of these new enhancements, Detonator XP delivers up to a 50% performance gain in Microsoft DirectX and SGI OpenGL applications.

Detonator XP supports the entire TNT2, GeForce, GeForce2, Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro DCC and GeForce3 families of GPUs and is based on NVIDIA's patented Unified Driver Architecture (UDA). Through UDA, NVIDIA's software drivers are compatible with past, present and future NVIDIA GPUs, and are top-to-bottom compatible with all currently manufactured versions of NVIDIA's GPUs.
Detonator XP is available free of charge, and can be downloaded at

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