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NVIDIA Delivers Much Anticipated PCI Express Graphics Solutions

 
 

NVIDIA Graphics Processors Support the new PCI Express-Enabled Intel® 925X and 915 G/P Express Chipsets

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Brian Burke
NVIDIA Corporation
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bburke@nvidia.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—JUNE 21 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, has executed on the Company’s strategy to deliver PCI Express technology in lock-step with Intel, with a full line of graphics processing units (GPUs) ready to support the Intel® 925X and 915 G/P Express Chipsets.  PCI Express is the next revolution in I/O interconnect standard that NVIDIA will deploy as the next step in delivering the bandwidth and features required for high-resolution graphics, games, and other graphically-intensive applications.

“Our PCI Express solutions have proven themselves time and time again in testing done by Intel and our many system builder partners,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “By working closely with Intel, NVIDIA has delivered a complete family of PCI Express solutions that many consider the most stable in the industry.”

Today’s launch is the culmination of cooperative efforts between NVIDIA and Intel that included the planning of the new I/O interconnect standard; cooperative implementation, testing and troubleshooting of the new standard; qualification of PCI Express solutions; and NVIDIA supplying the PCI Express graphics cards to Intel for sales, marketing, and promotion of the new bus initiative.

“By working hand-in-hand with companies like NVIDIA, Intel is delivering a revolutionary PC platform that will provide enormous bandwidth between the CPU and the GPU,” said Randy Wilhelm, vice president of Intel’s Desktop Platforms Group and general manager, Client Platform Division.

PCI Express significantly increases bandwidth between the central processing unit (CPU) and GPU by enabling a balanced distribution of bandwidth to those applications that require it the most. By using an innovative PCI Express (PCX) high-speed interconnect (HSI), a complex piece of networking technology that performs seamless, bi-directional interconnect protocol conversion at incredible speed lines, NVIDIA can transform its award-winning GeForce™ FX series into a full-family of PCI Express GPUs. NVIDIA is also ready with GeForce 6 series-based PCX GPUs.

The first PCI Express graphics solutions are currently shipping to leading add-in-card partners, OEMs, system builders and other partners.  Retail release of PCI Express graphics cards are slated for this summer.

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 PCs, enterprise PCs, notebook PCs, professional workstations, handhelds, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,900 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.

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