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NVIDIA Quadro2 EX Powers Compaq's Workstation Lineup

Quadro2 EX Provides High-Performance Graphics for Compaq Deskpro and Professional Workstations

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NVIDIA Corporation
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For Immediate Release 
  
Santa Clara, CA – May 16, 2001 – NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) has selected the Quadro2 EX™ workstation graphics solution to be standard equipment in the Compaq Deskpro and Professional Workstation lines. The new Quadro2 EX combines NVIDIA's professional-strength 2D and 3D performance, comprehensive application support and industry-leading quality at unprecedented price points. Compaq offers the entire Quadro2 family of workstation solutions, top to bottom, through Compaq's Web site, Partner Direct or agent programs.

"Compaq continues to select NVIDIA workstation GPUs for engineering and technical customers who rely on their workstations to boost efficiency and deliver superior value," "Compaq continues to select NVIDIA workstation GPUs for enterprise solutions because professional consumers rely on their workstations to boost efficiency and demand superior value," states said Vicki Ward, manager of workstation marketing name, titlefor Compaq. "The Quadro2 EX exceeds those requirements by delivering a cost-effective solution with outstanding performance and a comprehensive list of software certifications."

"NVIDIA's dynamic business model and the flexibility of our graphics architectures present NVIDIA the opportunity to create a wide variety of graphics solutions for customers such as Compaq," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "The Quadro2 EX sets new standards in price and performance without sacrificing the advanced features and software optimizations that are critical to professional graphics users."

The Quadro2 EX is available in Compaq's Deskpro Workstation AP230, Deskpro Workstation AP250, Deskpro Workstation AP300, Professional Workstation AP550 and Professional Workstation SAP750 systems.

The Quadro2 EX is powered by NVIDIA's award-winning, second-generation workstation graphics technology with horsepower to drive 350 million pixels per second or 700 million texels per second. NVIDIA Quadro2 EX's 350MHz RAMDAC enables vibrant images at resolutions up to 2048x1536. With 32MB of 128-bit SDR memory and 2.7 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth, the Quadro2 EX delivers real-time frame rates with 32-bit color at high resolutions. The Quadro2 EX offers software optimizations and full certification support for a extensive list of professional applications, including 3ds max™, AutoCAD™, Catia™, I-DEAS™, Lightwave™, Maya™, Mechanical Desktop™, MicroStation™, Pro/Engineer™, Softimage™, Solid Edge™, Solidworks™, Unigraphics™ and many more.

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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), based in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. It's 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education.
 
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