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London, 21 September, 2004: Gizmondo Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based, Tiger Telematics Inc. (TGTL), announced today that the NVIDIA® GoForce™ 3D 4500 wireless media processor (WMP) has been selected for the eagerly anticipated Gizmondo game pad. The Gizmondo game pad will leverage superb 3D video and imaging capabilities of the GoForce 3D 4500 WMP, to provide mobile gamers with an exceptionally immersive gaming experience.
In addition, the Gizmondo and NVIDIA collaboration reflects an industry in constant development, where synergy between leading technology suppliers, platforms and game developers is key to delivering compelling content. The two companies will provide content partners with development kits to enable the creation of next-level handheld content. Gizmondo and NVIDIA plan to distribute up to 500 software development kits throughout the game developer community by the end of first half, 2005.
“The GoForce 3D 4500 is the perfect solution for Gizmondo – NVIDIA has a proven record of delivering the type of products gaming enthusiasts want and working with developers and publishers to enable rich, compelling content,” said Carl Freer, Managing Director, Gizmondo Europe. “We are extremely pleased to work with NVIDIA on this project — Gizmondo’s combination of gaming and multimedia capabilities is going to change the face of mobile gaming.”
“Because of its innovative form-factor, impressive technical specifications and strong feature-set, Gizmondo has received a great deal of industry attention this year,” said Glenn Schuster, general manager, handheld products, NVIDIA Corporation. “With the addition of the GoForce 3D 4500 hardware acceleration, we believe Tiger Telematics is ensuring that Gizmondo users will have a no compromise gaming experience that is as compelling as what can be achieved on any other platform.”
Gizmondo is scheduled for launch in the UK in the fourth quarter this year.
About Gizmondo and GoForce 3D 4500
The GoForce 3D 4500-powered Gizmondo, runs under Microsoft Windows CE.net platform and features a Samsung ARM9 400Mhz processor. The Gizmondo game pad will deliver arcade-quality 3D gaming, courtesy of the GoForce 3D 4500’s dedicated geometry processor, which offloads the main processor to conserve battery life. High resolution, detailed images are enabled through programmable pixel shaders, bilinear and trilinear texture filtering, texture compression, support for six simultaneous textures and a 40-bit color pipeline. With the NVIDIA GoForce 3D 4500’s horsepower, the Gizmondo game pad can boast a 2.8-inch TFT colour screen, as well as a range of functions including multimedia messaging, an MP3 music player, MPEG-4 support, digital still camera functionality and a GPRS network link to allow wide-area network gaming. The GoForce 3D 4500 also supports early Z calculation to reduce the amount of work done on each pixel in a scene, saving battery life while still delivering a jaw-dropping visual experience. The Gizmondo game pad and GoForce 3D 4500 support standard 3D application programming interfaces, including OpenGL-ES, D3D-Mobile and M3G. The Gizmondo game pad also contains a GPS chip for location-based services and is equipped with Bluetooth for use in multi-player gaming and accepts MMC card accessories.
About Tiger Telematics and Gizmondo
Gizmondo Europe Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tiger Telematics Inc (TGTL) and is the maker of Gizmondo, a next-generation mobile entertainment device. Set to launch in 2004, the gaming device includes built-in music, video, messaging and picture functions and GPS.
Tiger is a designer, developer and marketer of mobile telematics systems and services that combine global GPS functions and voice recognition technology to locate and track vehicles and people down to street level in countries throughout the world. The systems are designed to operate on GPS and are currently being marketed to current and potential GSM subscribers, primarily by the company’s United Kingdom based subsidiaries.
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company's products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA GPUs (graphics processing units), MCPs (media and communications processors), and WMPs (wireless media processors) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.co.uk
NVIDIA and GOFORCE are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Certain statements in this press release, including, but not limited to, statements as to the features, performance, capabilities and benefits resulting from Gizmondo’s selection of NVIDIA’s GoForce 3D 4500, the results to be obtained by Gizmondo’s adoption of NVIDIA’s technology, and the distribution and adoption of the software development kits to and by the game developer community and content partners, 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, delays in ramping new products into production, NVIDIA’s reliance on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, delays in integration of our products, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, market acceptance of our products, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers, the impact of litigation and other proceedings and other risks detailed and from time to time in NVIDIA’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 25, 2004 and other filings made from time to time with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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