NVidia has unveiled the GeForce FX Go5700, which the company claims provides laptop users "with a true Cinematic experience for 3D and video".

The company also announced that the graphics chip has been adopted by leading hardware makers.

Apple has not confirmed that it will use the Go5700. When Apple first introduced the 12-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks earlier this year, both featured NVidia graphics technology.

However, the company has since scaled back its use of NVidia graphics in favour of products from rival ATI. Now, only the 12-inch PowerBook G4 sports an NVidia GPU, while Apple's 15-inch and 17-inch laptops use ATI's Mobility Radeon 9600 chip.

According to NVidia, the GeForce FX Go5700 includes next-generation cinematic 3D graphics with enhanced geometry and rendering performance; Ultra-Shadow technology to deliver lighting and shadowing realism; and high-definition component video-out, and support for HDTV. It also features NVidia SmartDimmer power management for extending battery life.

The new chip boasts a 128-bit memory interface, and is manufactured using a 0.13 micron process. It supports an AGP 8x interface, and features optimizations and support for both Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.5.

President and CEO of NVidia Jen-Hsun Huang said: "The GeForce FX Go5700 delivers the industry's most advanced cinematic graphics capabilities and NVidia’s worldwide reputation of compatibility, stability, and reliability that is an absolute requirement for today's rich applications and games."

NVidia said that systems based on the new processor are expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2004.