Friday, 2 March 2012



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Kizuna Update: Our Investment in Rebuilding

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 12:20 AM PST

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, we're partnering with Mercy Corps to invest $2 million to help rebuild micro and small-sized businesses in the affected areas.

NVIDIA and Mercy Corps, together with support from Tokyo-based PlaNet Finance Japan, will provide startup grants for new businesses, employment subsidies for existing businesses to rehire previous employees and loan subsidies for businesses to cover capital expenses.  We're hoping that these investments over the next two years will help get hundreds of people back to work.

This partnership is an extension of work that began just after the March 11 disaster struck. In the weeks directly following, NVIDIA and its employees raised $2.75 million to provide much-needed help to the people of Japan.  Some $500,000 was immediately directed to global aid organizations for relief efforts, followed by another $250,000 to Mercy Corps to provide mental health support for affected children through an art-therapy program for kids.

Given the large sums being directed to the immediate relief efforts from companies and individuals, we felt our remaining funds would have the most impact if focused on a rebuilding program.  After months of searching, we saw this project as a way to combine our culture of giving and entrepreneurial spirit.  Watch this video to learn more about our partnership with Mercy Corps and the impact this small business recovery program is having:

NVIDIA is deeply connected to Japan — our employees and their families live there; our customers and partners operate there.  When news of this disaster spread, our employees immediately wanted to help.  From this desire to make a difference, we created "Operation Kizuna," our program to respond to the tragedy.

The Japanese word "kizuna" means bond of love and friendship, and Operation Kizuna is our opportunity to give back to a country that has meant so much to us.

We'll be following the progress of the businesses helped, so check back monthly for the latest updates.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Running on Tegra 3

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 02:52 PM PST

Win8 Consumer Preview

The excitement continues to build in anticipation of Microsoft's Windows 8 rollout.  At MWC this week, Microsoft's top Windows execs demoed Windows 8 running on a Tegra 3 device.

The demo by Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live Division, and Michael Angiulo, corporate VP of Windows Planning and Ecosystem team, follows the announcement confirming NVIDIA’s partnership with Microsoft on a program to distribute Windows 8 test PCs, powered by the Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor with 4-Plus-1 architecture and the NVIDIA Icera i410 LTE modem, to software developers and device manufacturers.

This seeding program will help create a rich ecosystem of apps and devices for Windows 8 on ARM-based processors.

Watch the video below to see Mike Angiulo onstage with the Tegra 3 tablet. Tip: start at the 54:00 mark.

The demo includes:

  • Picture password unlocking
  • Fast and fluid panning of the Start screen
  • Talks about connected standby
  • Internet Explorer browsing and HTML5 video, with hardware accelerated graphics
  • An example of a Metro App from USAToday
  • Peripheral compatibility with class drivers
  • Office 15, which will include PowerPoint, Word, Excel and OneNote

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