NVIDIA Delivers Full Compatibility and Compliance for DirectX VA

Microsoft DirectX VA Provides Simple, Consistent Interconnects for NVIDIA Accelerated DVD and HDTV Players

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation
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For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA — November 10, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that it has fully implemented Microsoft's new DirectX Video Acceleration (DirectX VA) standard, an application programming interface (API) that optimizes the interactions between all of the company's graphics processors and today's broad range of video decoder software products. With full DirectX VA support, NVIDIA enables accelerated video decoding, including copy protected DVD movies, under Microsoft Windows 2000.

"NVIDIA's dedication to DirectX VA has significantly contributed to the momentum now enjoyed by the new API, and to the completion of the final DirectX VA specification," said Dave Marsh, technical evangelist for Microsoft TV and Video at Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft is excited to see DirectX VA fully supported across NVIDIA's family of GPUs."

"With Microsoft's new DirectX VA, end-users are now ensured to have broad video software compatibility with the most powerful graphics in the industry, all on one GPU," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing for NVIDIA. "This new API unleashes the true power of NVIDIA's GPUs and continues to extend NVIDIA's leadership in PC video applications, such as DVD, HDTV, and the important Microsoft TV Technologies initiative."

The Microsoft DirectX VA interface replaces a large and confusing collection of proprietary video acceleration interfaces from numerous companies. With the new interface, applications can benefit from improved video performance, reduced CPU utilization, and improved video quality compared to applications that are unable to take advantage of video acceleration. The universal DirectX VA interface eliminates the inconsistencies among the previous acceleration solutions from multiple vendors. 

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