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NVIDIA Graphics Standard on Apple's New Power Mac G4 Systems


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Derek Perez
Director of Public Relations
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-2512   
For Immediate Release 
Santa Clara, CA - January 9, 2001 - NVIDIA® (Nasdaq - NVDA) Corporation today announced its initial entry into the Macintosh® market with its GeForce2 MXTM graphics processing unit (GPU). NVIDIA's award-winning GeForce2 MX is included in Apple's® new line of Power MacTM G4 computers unveiled today. The combination of blazingly fast graphics processing and powerful features, such as sophisticated transform and lighting and the NVIDIA Shading RasterizerTM (NSR) for per-pixel shading capabilities, provides unprecedented interactive realism to the Macintosh platform.

"NVIDIA and Apple have worked together to provide customers with the most advanced visual computing and multimedia experience in the world," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's ultimate goal is to be the leading GPU provider for all devices and we are delighted to now be serving the Apple community."

"The new Power Mac G4 is a real powerhouse for our pro customers," said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The combination of fast G4 processors, a new speedier system architecture, and blazing NVIDIA GeForce2 graphics makes for the fastest Macintosh ever made."

Based on the award-winning GeForce2 architecture, the GeForce2 MX GPU powers razor-sharp, crystal-clear 2D graphics, even at extreme resolutions as high as 2048 x 1536, in 32-bit color on a primary display screen. The GeForce2 MX GPU also offers advanced 3D performance by delivering over 25 million sustained triangles per second and 800 million texels per second.

The GeForce2 MX GPU is delivered on a graphics card that supports the new AGP 4X slot in the Power Mac G4 line and includes a large 32MB SDRAM frame buffer to store large textures in games or professional applications. The card supports both the Apple Display Connector (ADC) for easy connection to Apple's award winning line of monitors as well as the VGA connector for broad compatibility.

GeForce2 MX graphics will come standard on models of Apple's new Power Mac G4, which were introduced today.

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), based in Santa Clara, California, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 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.
Certain statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, 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, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. 
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