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New NVIDIA Quadro Graphics and Intel E7525 Chipset Form the Ultimate PCI Express-Based Professional User Platform

 
 

New PCI Express Products Provide the Foundation for a High-Performance, High-Bandwidth 64-bit Platform Rich in Technology Innovations, Scalability, and Stability

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation
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dperez@nvidia.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—JUNE 28, 2004—After months of collaboration, NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, and Intel Corporation today separately announced compatible PCI Express™-based products for the ultimate professional computing platform.  On platforms based on Intel® Xeon™ processors and the Intel® E7525 Chipset, the four new NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics solutions deliver technology innovations such as dramatically improved graphics throughput and increased addressable memory with Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T).  The new NVIDIA Quadro solutions will be widely available in PCI Express-based workstations from Dell Computer, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, and HP, among others.

“Both Intel’s and NVIDIA’s PCI Express product introductions represent the fruits of several years of labor, working together to maximize the benefits of the technology,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “With PCI Express, the Intel E7525 Chipset unleashes NVIDIA Quadro graphics with welcomed bandwidth that translates directly into improved application performance.  The inclusion of Intel EM64T in the Intel Xeon processor line also allows users to address substantially more system memory, complementing our high-performance graphics capabilities.  This is a tremendous leap forward for high-performance computing.”

“We’re bringing to market a host of innovations and advanced technologies with this latest Intel Xeon processor-based platform, from a more powerful processor with support for increased memory addressability to an advanced chipset with an 800 MHz bus and support for DDR2 memory and PCI Express,” said Richard Dracott, general manager of marketing and planning for Intel’s Enterprise Platforms Group.  “All users will benefit from PCI Express technology’s breakthrough bus architecture, with users of professional applications able to immediately experience huge rewards.  The Intel E7525 Chipset was designed for the most discerning workstation customer with data-intensive performance, reliability, DDR2 memory support, and headroom for future processing.”

Dracott further added, "Intel and NVIDIA have collaborated to ensure that processor, chipset, graphics controller, and drivers work well together to deliver a good 64-bit computing experience with Intel EM64T.”

Intel is using NVIDIA PCI Express graphics hardware as part of its chipset launch programs.  The company purchased several thousand NVIDIA PCI Express-enabled graphics processing units (GPUs) for platform level testing, software development kits, channel seed kits, technical solutions training, and various demo systems.

 “With NVIDIA Quadro FX and Intel E7525 PCI Express products embedded in HP workstations, we have the ultimate workstation solutions.  The increased graphics and compute processing power can tackle the toughest customer problems,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president of worldwide marketing, Workstation Global Business Unit, HP.  “This is a scalable 64-bit platform that our MCAD, DCC, and scientific computing customers can use across their entire enterprise.  Whether they are a global automotive supplier with numerous engineers, or a single 3D animation student creating the next blockbuster independent film, HP, Intel, and NVIDIA have the solution to make it happen.”

In a separate press release today, NVIDIA broadened an already expansive professional graphics line with the introduction of four new PCI Express-enabled NVIDIA Quadro solutions―the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400, FX 1300, and FX 330 for professional 3D applications, and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 for professional 2D applications.  Utilizing this next-generation bus architecture, NVIDIA doubles the bandwidth of its AGP 8X based products to over 4GB per second in both upstream and downstream data transfers. 

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 1,900 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 
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