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NVIDIA Workstation Graphics Chosen by Compaq

Compaq's NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro Graphics Controller to Deliver Affordable Price/Performance to Professionals

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Derek Perez
Director of Public Relations
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-2512  
For Immediate Release

Santa Clara, CA – December 20, 2000 – NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) will offer the NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro™ graphics solution on the company's Deskpro Workstation AP250, Professional Workstation AP550, and Professional Workstation SP750. Combined with OpenGL® ICD and software extensions like ELSA POWERdraft™, ELSA MAXtreme™, and NVIDIA QuadroView™, the Quadro2 Pro provides the most powerful overall 3D solution available for mid-range workstation applications including CAD, CAM, DCC, GIS, solids modeling, and visual data analysis. The NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro graphics controller, can be purchased through Compaq's direct sales channels, authorized resellers, and online buying services.

The NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro radically redefines the price/performance ratios for workstation solutions. Full support of the Microsoft® Windows® operating systems make the Quadro2 a great fit in every design environment. Quadro2 Pro provides many advanced workstation capabilities—AGP 2X/4X support, 64MB DDR, 1920 x 1200 resolution in 24-bit double buffered mode with a 24-bit Z-buffer, stencil and overlay planes, and alpha planes and hardware texturing—to deliver remarkable realism and image clarity. The Quadro2 Pro's unmatched 1.0G pixels per second rendering power and 31M triangles per second geometry processing power make it the optimal choice for graphics-intensive applications such as 3ds max™, Pro/ENGINEER®, SoftIMAGE®| 3D, and Unigraphics.

"The Quadro2 Pro is the primary graphics solution for professional workstation users, especially those in the MCAD marketplace," said Rich Dodds, manager of workstation product marketing for Compaq Computer Corporation. "Key applications such as AutoCAD, Pro/ENGINEER, and Unigraphics have already been tested and certified for quality performance. The exceptional power of the Quadro2 Pro coupled with the performance designed into our latest Deskpro and Professional workstations, should delight Compaq workstation customers."

"As the leader in the MCAD market, Compaq has continued to push the price/performance envelope," says Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "By offering the Quadro2 Pro, Compaq provides the power and capabilities required to further boost their momentum in this aggressive marketplace."

The single-processor Compaq Deskpro Workstations and dual-processor Compaq Professional Workstations balance the latest Intel® Pentium® III and Intel Pentium 4 processors with high-performance 2D and 3D graphics. For descriptions of each of the specific models and technical specifications of the various system configurations, please visit the Compaq site at:

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.

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