's new GeForce FX and Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) are compatible and compliant with the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 application programming interface (API). DirectX 9.0, the latest version of Microsoft's suite of multimedia application programming interfaces, offers advances in graphic technology making it easier for game developers to create 3D immersive titles. The developers contend that the hardware technology of the GeForce FX reduces the workload for developers and ultimately helps deliver cinematic-quality Windows-based games. "NVIDIA and Microsoft are striving for the common goal of enabling game developers to create theater-quality, Hollywood-style cinematic effects for desktop PC games and applications," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "DirectX 9.0 API and the GeForce FX GPU combine to create the most significant advancement in achieving that goal in almost a decade." Introduced at Fall Comdex 2002, the NVIDIA GeForce FX GPU is the industry's first GPU to deliver real-time, cinematic quality graphics and special effects on the desktop PC. Featuring the NVIDIA CineFX engine and support for high-level programming languages, the GeForce FX GPU delivers visual effects on par with those created for motion pictures. Packing nearly twice the number of transistors as previous NVIDIA GPUs, the GeForce FX GPU also utilizes the industry's most advanced 0.13 micron manufacturing process and incorporates support for the latest high-speed DDR2 memories, AGP 8X and NVIDIA Intellisample technology.