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NVIDIA GeForce3 Chosen by Top PC and Graphics Board OEMs

NVIDIA Technology Inspiring Next-Generation Graphics Applications 
 
For Further Information Contact:   
  
Derek Perez
Director of Public Relations
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-2512
dperez@nvidia.com   
  
For Immediate Release 
 
San Jose, CA – February 28, 2001 – NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that the NVIDIA GeForce3™ graphics processor unit (GPU) has secured design wins with the industry's top PC OEMs. With revolutionary programmability and performance, the NVIDIA GeForce3 GPU sets a new milestone in the graphics industry. Photo-realistic visualizations, full-screen action even in complex scenes, and enhanced organic textures from the NVIDIA GeForce3 bring ambiance, personality, and unique style to games and other graphics applications. The rapid adoption by leading OEMs underscores the technical innovations of the NVIDIA GeForce3 and ensures that PC users will gain early access to a wave of next-generation capabilities.

In coming weeks, the following PC OEMs and add-in card manufacturers will be offering products based on the NVIDIA GeForce3:

PC OEMS
Apple Computers
Compaq Computer Corporation
Dell Computer Corporation
Hewlett-Packard Company
Micronpc.com

Add-in Card Manufacturers
ASUStek
ELSA
Gigabyte
Hercules/Guillemot
Leadtek

System Builders
Atlas Micro
Alienware
ABS Computer
Everex Systems
Micro Pro
Monarch Computer

"The launch of the NVIDIA GeForce3 architecture underscores our position as the driving force in 3D graphics technology and ushers in an unprecedented level of realism for software developers," says Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "Our customers are as excited as we are about the unlimited possibilities enabled by this new architecture. The GeForce3's combination of power and flexibility will fuel the creation of highly distinctive and visually stunning applications and games."

About the NVIDIA GeForce3
The NVIDIA GeForce3 GPU integrates the NVIDIA nfiniteFX engine and Lightspeed Memory ArchitectureTM to bring environments and characters to life. Game developers take advantage of the fully programmable Vertex and Pixel Shaders of the nfiniteFX engine to create a virtually infinite number of special effects and custom looks. The GeForce3 is the world's most advanced GPU with more than 57 million transistors and is able to perform more than 800 billion operations per second and 76 billion floating point operations per second (FLOPS). The GeForce3 GPU achieves an astounding 3.2 billion antialiased samples per second fill rate -- more than four times the performance of the award-winning GeForce2 Ultra and more than seven times the processing power of any competitive consumer graphics product. As do all of the GeForce family products, GeForce3 drives the most extreme resolutions and color depths of up to 2048 x 1536 x 32.The GeForce3 architecture has been chosen as the reference platform for the Microsoft® DirectX® 8 application programming interface (API) and the Microsoft next generation game console, XboxTM.

Major features of the NVIDIA GeForce3 GPU include:
New architecture including the nfiniteFX engine and Lightspeed Memory Architecture
Fully programmable Vertex and Pixel Shaders
Hardware full-scene antialiasing (FSAA)
Up to 64MB of high-speed double data rate (DDR) frame buffer memory
AGP 4X and PCI support
Full support for Microsoft DirectX and SGI OpenGL®
Optimized performance for current and future CPUs from Intel®, AMD and the PowerPC G4 from Motorola and IBM

About NVIDIA
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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