NVIDIA

NVIDIA Quadro Graphics Wins Prestigious Image Quality Awards

Foremost Independent Testing Firm Rates NVIDIA Quadro NVS Professional Graphics Best Three Years in A Row

For further information, contact:

Charlie Rasch
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-8236
crasch@nvidia.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 18, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that NVIDIA Quadro® NVS professional 2D graphics solutions have won prestigious Five Star Awards from industry-standard DisplayMate Technologies, the foremost independent source for image quality testing. As 2004 Five Star Award winners, the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 400 are recommended in DisplayMate’s 2004 Best Video Hardware Guide as “standards of excellence” by which consumers, corporate buyers, reviewers, test labs, and manufacturers judge graphics board image quality. View the latest Best Video Hardware Guide at http://www.displaymate.com/best.html.

“For the third straight year, NVIDIA Quadro NVS professional 2D graphics solutions produced the best image quality in CRTs, as well as analog and digital flat panel monitors and projectors,” said Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies. “The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 400 delivered the best signal quality of any graphics card, producing the best pixel tracking, image stability, and picture quality that we’ve seen. After extensive testing, we recommend the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 400 as standards of excellence for single or multi-monitor displays.”

NVIDIA solutions are distinguished in four of the five graphics card categories in DisplayMate’s 2004 Best Video Hardware Guide, more than twice that of competing products, for:

  • Unmatched Flat Panel Performance:  DisplayMate only recommends NVIDIA graphics boards for use with flat panel analog displays because they have the best image quality, sharpness, and pixel tracking for analog LCDs, DLPs, and plasma displays with resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 at 75Hz with 24/32-bit color.
  • Outstanding Multi-Monitor Displays:  The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280, which can power two displays, and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 400, which can power four displays, drive resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 at 75Hz with 24/32-bit color.
  • Outstanding CRT Performance:  The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 drives display resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 at 75Hz with 24/32-bit color.
  • “Perfect” Compatibility:  The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 demonstrates “perfect” DOS and VESA video compatibility and timing for all modes within the Windows operating system.

DisplayMate bestows Five Star Awards on products that most accurately reproduce its extensive set of proprietary test patterns for calibrating, evaluating, and testing CRTs, analog and digital LCDs, projectors, plasma displays, video boards, and more. DisplayMate is an industry standard within the computer and display industries: Over 200 publications in 50 countries use DisplayMate for their editorial testing and lab reviews of video hardware. DisplayMate’s Best Video Hardware Guide is a free and objective service of DisplayMate Technologies. Manufacturers do not pay to be listed in it.

NVIDIA tests NVS solutions with all major financial and corporate applications, commonly used analog and digital displays, and peripherals with the goal of zero down-time to professionals. NVIDIA® UDA, the single unified driver for all NVIDIA graphics products, ensures high performance and image quality with a set of backward-and-forward, top-to-bottom-compatible graphics drivers that simplifies large-scale system deployment and unattended installations.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including any statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers.  Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

# # #

Copyright © 2004 NVIDIA Corporation.  All rights reserved.  All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.  Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on NVIDIA, please visit the NVIDIA Press Room at http://www.nvidia.com/page/press_room.html