PC Widescreen Signs On With Nvidia

Looking to steal some thunder from Apple’s popular widescreen PowerBook, computer-maker Hewlett-Packard has chosen to power the graphics on its new 17-inch notebook with a Nvidia graphics card.

The Nvidia GeForce FX Go5600 GPU, which will provide the graphics horsepower for the new HP Pavilion zd7000 17-inch notebook, is part of a plan to make the PC much more than a plain old computer. The company says the zd7000 notebook is also an in-home digital entertainment studio allowing users to enjoy games, movies, and other forms of entertainment.

Softening demand for PCs in a soft economy is forcing manufacturers such as Apple, HP and Dell to gin up the market with cool new gadgets and lots of computer functionality. HP’s portable widescreen fits into that overall strategy.

“With GeForce FX’s complete support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0-based content and the wide-aspect display, the HP Pavilion zd7000 functions like an in-home digital entertainment studio,” says Kevin Frost, VP of worldwide marketing with HP’s Personal Systems Group. “Users are guaranteed crisp and vibrant video, an outstanding gaming experience, and the compatibility, stability and reliability that are all hallmarks of Nvidia GPUs.”