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NVIDIA SLI Revolution Begins with Launch of ASUS A8N-SLI

 
 

ASUSTeK First to Market with NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Motherboard; System Builders Gearing Up for Holiday SLI PC Shipments

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Bryan Del Rizzo
NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 17, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, and ASUSTeK Computer International today announced the availability of the world’s first NVIDIA SLI-Ready™ motherboard for the AMD64 platform. The ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard, which is based on the NVIDIA nForce™4 SLI™ media and communication processor (MCP), delivers the gaming performance and high-end features that today’s hard-core PC enthusiasts demand, and is now available globally for editorial review and system builder integration.

“Our previous motherboards featuring NVIDIA nForce technology have proven to be very successful, and has helped ASUS win numerous editorial accolades, including Tom’s Hardware Guide coveted Reader’s Choice Awards for two years running,” said Joe Hsieh, Vice President at ASUSTeK. “With NVIDIA nForce4 SLI, we are ushering in a whole new level of performance and features and quickly establishing our new A8N-SLI motherboard as a ‘must-have’ for this holiday season.”

More than 19 global system builders have already joined the NVIDIA SLI Certification and Logo Program, with more being added daily, and all are working feverishly to meet the anticipated consumer demand of complete SLI PC systems built around the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI technology and ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard.

“NVIDIA SLI technology is the Holy Grail of performance for PC enthusiasts, and ASUS has always been Falcon Northwest’s number one motherboard of choice,” said Kelt Reeves, President of Falcon Northwest. “I'm lucky enough to be able to build whatever I want in my own home PC, and the ASUS A8N-SLI is what’s going in my system.”

“Just when we thought that we couldn’t put a faster card than a GeForce 6800 Ultra into our systems, NVIDIA delivered SLI, and raised the bar again,” said Klaus Ruether, senior product manager at Atelco. “Our enthusiast customers can now enjoy performance like they have never seen before, and frankly, they are unlikely to see anything to rival it for some time.”

NVIDIA® SLI is the only graphics technology solution shipping today that allows users to combine the horsepower of two NVIDIA GeForce™6 Series-based graphics cards (currently GeForce 6600 GT or higher) in a single PC resulting in a stunning increase in graphics performance. NVIDIA SLI is a complete patent-pending solution, featuring an intelligent communication protocol embedded in the GPU, a high-speed digital interface to facilitate data flow between the two graphics cards, and a complete software suite providing dynamic load balancing, advanced rendering, and compositing to ensure smooth frame rates, unparalleled game play, and faster performance.

In addition to complete SLI systems, add-in graphics cards and other SLI components are expected to be for sale starting later this month as well.

For more information on NVIDIA’s SLI graphics technology, please visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

About ASUSTeK
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. Its product portfolio includes notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, information appliances, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. With world-class engineering and offices and subsidiaries located in all corners of the world, ASUSTeK provides innovative solutions to consumers, businesses and OEM/ODM customers. The company is the perennial leader of the motherboard and graphics card industries and a top 10 player globally for notebooks, optical drives, broadband modems and a wide range of other products.

About NVIDIA
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.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to the adoption by system builders, anticipated demand, the features and benefits of the products, and the date of availability of the new systems, add-in cards and other SLI components 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, manufacturing defects, 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 and other risks detailed and from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 25, 2004. 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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