New NVIDIA nForce4 PCI Express Core-Logic Solutions Set Record Sales Growth
Entire Family of NVIDIA nForce4 MCPs Selling Strongly Driven by Demand for NVIDIA nForce4 SLI™
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SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 15, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that the Company shipped more than one million NVIDIA nForce4 media and communication processors (MCPs), the industry’s most feature-rich core-logic solutions for AMD64-based computing platforms, since its availability in December 2004. In addition, the demand for NVIDIA nForce4 SLI technology is exceeding the Company’s high expectations, accounting for more than 25 percent of all NVIDIA nForce4 MCP shipments to date. This demand has resulted in the fastest sales ramp the platform group at NVIDIA has ever experienced, and helped NVIDIA grow its share of the AMD64 market to 48 percent, as reported by Mercury Research for the quarter ending December 31, 2004.
“Due to our innovative features and leading performance, NVIDIA nForce technology has won hundreds of editorial awards, providing our partners with the foundation to create a winning retail strategy,” said Drew Henry, general manager of platform products at NVIDIA. “With NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCPs and our GeForce™ 6 series of graphics processing units, we’ve elevated PC performance levels once again, and further established our technology leadership position with the hard core gamers and PC enthusiasts.”
Like its brethren before it, NVIDIA nForce4 SLI and NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCPs have been lauded by the global editorial community, all of whom have been impressed by the Company’s decision to integrate features not provided by any other manufacturer. In addition to NVIDIA SLI technology, which Sander Sassen, editor-in-chief of Hardware Analysis, likened to the “iPod of the Computer Industry” (http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/search/results/article/1772/), reviewers have lauded the Company’s other “firsts”, including NVIDIA ActiveArmor™, which provides end users with a hardware accelerated security firewall solution built directly into the silicon; support for the next-generation SATA 3Gb/s hard drives which will be hitting the market shortly; native Gigabit Ethernet networking, and advanced overclocking options through the use of the Company’s nTune™ software application.
Currently, there are more than 20 NVIDIA nForce4-based motherboards available from some of the world’s leading motherboard suppliers, including Abit, ASUSTeK, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Epox, Foxconn, Gigabyte, and MSI, with more product introductions anticipated from other companies over the next few months.
For the most recent list of NVIDIA nForce4 reviews, please visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.
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, the release of additional nForce4-based motherboards, and the performance, benefits, capabilities and features of NVIDIA nForce media and communication processors and related technology 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, design defects, incompatibility of technologies, reliance on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the MCP market, delays in integration of our products, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 24, 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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