NVIDIA Delivers Advanced Graphics for Compaq Workstations

NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR Gives Professionals High Performance Graphics

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation
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For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA — November 9, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that Compaq® Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) now offers the NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR™ workstation graphics processing unit (GPU) for the Compaq Deskpro Workstation AP250, Professional Workstation AP550, and Professional Workstation SP750. The Quadro2 MXR offers many advanced features for professionals, including NVIDIA's TwinView™ architecture for dual-display support, Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) for fine-tuned workspace color adjustment, and the NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer (NSR) that enables single-pass advanced per-pixel shading, as well as software optimizations for Adobe® Photoshop®, AutoCAD®, 3D Studio MAX®, Maya®, SoftIMAGE®|3D and more.

"NVIDIA is proud to be the graphics supplier to Compaq, one of the world's largest workstation companies," states Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing for NVIDIA. "The advanced graphics functionality and performance of the Quadro2 MXR GPU provide Compaq users with an affordable but incredibly powerful workstation solution."

The Quadro2 MXR graphics solution, one of several NVIDIA-based GPUs featured in Compaq PCs and workstations, can be purchased through Compaq's web site, Partner Direct, or agent programs. Within the coming months, Compaq also plans to make NVIDIA's high-performance workstation accelerator, the Quadro2 Pro™, available to its customers as a configure-to-order option.

Compaq's Deskpro and Professional Series
Compaq's Deskpro and Professional systems workstations offer maximum power to professional users demanding high performance for design and content development applications. The Compaq Deskpro line features Intel Pentium® III processors, and the Professional line supports multiple Intel Pentium III or Pentium III Xeon™ processors. Combining the processing power and capacity of Compaq workstations with the advanced graphics functionality of the Quadro2 MXR system—including 400M pixels per second rendering, 25M triangles geometry processing power, and 2.93GB per second memory bandwidth—produces the ideal solution for the mainstream design professional.

The computing industry recognizes NVIDIA as the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology, honoring the company with the most graphics awards in the history of the PC industry. PC OEMs, add-in card manufacturers, system builders, and consumer electronics companies worldwide choose NVIDIA GPUs as the core component of their graphics processing solutions. NVIDIA GPUs are used by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers. NVIDIA graphics processors deliver superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at www.nvidia.com.

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