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NVIDIA Grabs Top Spot in Workstation Market


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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation
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For Immediate Release 
Santa Clara, CA – May 2, 2001 – NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today it is the largest supplier of graphics solutions for the workstation graphics segment as reported in a recent study conducted by Gartner Dataquest, an internationally recognized market research firm. The study found that products featuring NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) held the largest market share in the workstation graphics segment with 34%.

"The landscape for workstation graphics is changing as companies make aggressive and often successful transitions from the consumer to the professional graphics market," said Pia Rieppo, principal analyst for workstations at Gartner Dataquest, and author of the study. "Companies have been able to quickly gain significant market share in the professional graphics segment by leveraging production volumes, engineering resources and design commonalities across both spaces."

NVIDIA-based products dominated the midrange and entry-level market segments according to the study titled Workstation Graphics Cards Market Shares: 1H00. In the midrange segment of the market, 32.8% of all cards sold integrated NVIDIA's graphics processors, with ELSA's™ GLoriaII leading the pack with 22.9% of the market. In the entry-level segment, 34.2% of all solutions sold were NVIDIA-based, with ELSA's™ Synergy II the top seller at 19.2%.

"This market study confirms that NVIDIA's pace of innovation and technology roadmap has completely changed the dynamics of the workstation market," stated Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Dataquest's market share numbers clearly emphasizes the success of our family of professional workstation solutions."

NVIDIA's professional products currently include the Quadro2 family, a complete line of graphics solutions for advanced professional users. The Quadro2 family, based on NVIDIA's second-generation workstation GPU, delivers groundbreaking graphics horsepower and features NVIDIA's unified driver architecture for forward-and-backward and top-to-bottom compatibility, and unmatched professional OpenGL™ and DirectX™ performance. NVIDIA sells Quadro2 products direct to OEMs, and ELSA sells and markets Quadro2 products to other channels.

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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