This news is certainly no surprise to folks who paid attention to Apple’s unveiling last week of its new
eMac, but graphics chip maker
Nvidia Corp. today noted that its GeForce2 MX chip is standard in the new education-only Mac.
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Nvidia executive vice president of worldwide sales Jeff Fisher said that Nvidia is delighted to be expanding its relationship with Apple to include the eMac. “Apple continues to innovate in every facet of personal computing, and the new eMac is no exception,” he said.
Although the eMac continues to use a CRT-based display as older iMacs do, the new system sports a 17-inch display with a larger viewable area and greater resolution than either the old iMacs or the new flat-panel display iMac. Like the new flat panel iMac, the eMac also features a speedier G4 processor and a GeForce2 MX graphics-processing unit (GPU). With prices starting at $999 for institutions, Apple is restricting sales of the eMac to schools and qualified students, faculty and staff. The system is available for purchase online at
Apple’s Store for Education.
Nvidia explained that the GeForce2 MX GPU incorporates a second transform and lighting engine with the Nvidia Shading Rasterizer (NSR), which provides a boost to the display of complex 3D images.