From NVIDIA’s press release:
Leveraging the award-winning innovative networking, storage, and security technologies unveiled in the Company’s NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb media and communications processor (MCP) for AMD Athlon 64 processor-based platforms, NVIDIA Corporation today announced the immediate availability of the new NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb MCP for AMD Athlon XP processor-based motherboards and PC systems. Featuring the world’s first native Gigabit Ethernet interface, a hardware-optimized Firewall security solution, and native RAID storage support, the introduction of the NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb MCP reinforces NVIDIA’s standing with PC enthusiasts, gamers, and technology aficionados, all of whom turn to NVIDIA MCPs to satisfy their overclocking, gaming, and technology requirements for building the most feature-rich, performance-enhanced, and cost-effective PC platforms possible.
â€œOur MCP business continues to grow strongly as we deliver one of the fastest , most feature-rich, and secure PC platform solutions possible,â€ said Drew Henry, general manager of platform products at NVIDIA. â€œThe new NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb MCP extends our networking, security and storage technologies across multiple PC markets, and demonstrates our commitment to our provide our customers with PC platform solutions that offer unparalleled system performance, easy-to-use overclockability, and impressive new features, including the industry’s only native Gigabit Ethernet and hardware-optimized Firewall security solutions.â€
Both the NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400Gb and NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb feature NVIDIA’s native Gigabit Ethernet networking, which provides over 200% more networking bandwidth compared to older PCI-based Gigabit Ethernet solutions, while lowering overall CPU overhead. In addition, both MCPs incorporate NVIDIA Firewall, the industry’s first and only hardware-optimized Firewall solution, which is already being called a â€œmust have for your future computing.â€ NVIDIA Firewall, professionally certified by ICSA Labs, provides personal PC protection against network level hacking attacks and other common security risks while delivering the fastest networking performance possible, and is an integral component of the NVIDIA nForce Forcewareâ„¢ driver and software package.
Today’s announcement solidifies NVIDIA’s technology leadership in core-logic design, and provides enthusiasts, end-users, and corporate customers exciting new features, performance, and stability for both 64-bit and 32-bit computing environments, harnessing the power of AMD’s award-winning processorsâ€”the AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Athlon XP processors. The nForce2 Ultra 400Gb MCP joins the current nForce2 MCP family, whose nForce2 Ultra 400 MCP-T’s compelling features, including the integrated NVIDIA SoundStorm audio processing unit, real-time DolbyÂ® Digital encoding, and FirewireÂ® capabilities continues to capture the attention of gamers and digital media fans worldwide.
NVIDIA has a full family of NVIDIA nForce MCPs for both 64-bit and 32-bit desktop PC markets, including NVIDIA nForce3 Professional for the 1P and 2P workstation and professional segments; NVIDIA nForce3 Go for the mobile notebook market; and NVIDIA nForce2 for the mainstream computing markets. The nForce3
PC systems and motherboards based on the NVIDIA nForce MCPs are currently available from leading manufacturers, including: ABIT Computer Corp., AOpen, ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Biostar Microtech Int’l Corp., Chaintech Computer Co. Ltd., DFI, EPoX International Inc., Giga-Byte Technology, Jetway Information Co. Ltd., Leadtek, MSI, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., Soltek Computer Inc., and XFX.