nVidia Corp. has announced the Optimus technology for notebook PCs. This technology chooses and switches the graphics processor for an application, depending upon the type of application. It automatically switches between an integrated graphics and the discrete graphic card based upon whether the application running needs a powerful 3D chip, or not. This helps the device that the Optimus technology powers in offering performance in applications where it is required, while saving battery by reducing power draw in applications that can do without 3D support.
Notebooks with nVidia technology will start retailing shortly. The first few notebooks with the Optimus technology are Asus UL50Vf, N61Jv, N71Jv, N82Jv, and U30Jc notebooks.