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ECTS - LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 3, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Epic Games Inc. today announced a strategic partnership aimed at producing next generation applications that take full advantage of NVIDIA's latest 3D technology, including the new features of the GeForce 256 and GeForce2 graphics processing units (GPUs).
"Epic's latest game, Unreal Tournament, is one of the most popular games in the world," says Sanford Russell, senior director of partner management at NVIDIA. "We see this as an opportunity to work more closely with Epic Games to ensure current and future Unreal Engine products run their absolute best on NVIDIA hardware."
NVIDIA has been working with Epic Games and other leading game developers worldwide to help them leverage the high-impact visual features of the GeForce family of GPUs including geometry processing power and radical per-pixel shading features.
"NVIDIA's dominant position in the PC market and their selection as the graphics platform provider for Xbox, clearly make them the most important graphics vendor from a business standpoint. But even more importantly, they're first in bringing to market the kind of advanced technology we intend to build our future products around, and that's what really drives us from a design standpoint," says Tim Sweeney, founder and lead programmer for Epic Games Inc. Prior to this announcement, Epic Games had already begun targeting major new Unreal Engine features for NVIDIA's GeForce 256 and GeForce2 GTS. One such example is the engine's new high-polygon, large-scale terrain system. This feature specifically exploits the hardware transform and lighting features of the NVIDIA GeForce family of GPUs. Several additional features are planned that line up strategically with current and future NVIDIA 3D graphics processors.
As part of their efforts to work more closely together, NVIDIA will provide Epic with early versions of new hardware and drivers, as well as extensive testing of those drivers with existing Unreal Engine products and new unreleased versions of the engine. To facilitate this, the agreement calls for regular technical reviews and exchanges between the two companies, so that each one has a clear understanding of the inner workings of the other's software and hardware technology.
The first 3D graphics semiconductor company to deliver a complete top-to-bottom family of 3D solutions, NVIDIA gives developers the advantage of a unified driver architecture across all implementations. NVIDIA's single-chip GPUs enable high-frame-rate 3D graphics, benchmark-winning 2D graphics, and high-definition digital video processing for unequaled visual realism and real-time interactivity. Optimized for both Microsoft Direct3D and OpenGL APIs, the NVIDIA product line currently includes:
- NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro™ and Quadro2 MXR™ for the professional workstation, digital content creation, and MCAD markets. The Quadro2 Pro is the fastest workstation graphics solution available for the engineering professional. The Quadro2 MXR provides cost-effective, advanced workstation capabilities and offers the revolutionary TwinView™ display architecture for the mainstream professional. Both include features such as second generation transform and lighting and per-pixel shading.
- NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra™, GeForce2 GTS™, and GeForce 256™ graphics processing units (GPUs) for the PC enthusiast market. The GeForce2 Ultra is the world's fastest GPU, providing enthusiasts the ultimate gaming platform with unprecedented geometry processing power and per-pixel shading features. Its predecessor, GeForce2 GTS, is a second generation GPU with radical per-pixel shading features and incredible performance. The GeForce 256 processor is the product that started the GPU revolution.
- NVIDIA GeForce2 MX™ GPU for the corporate desktop market. The GeForce2 MX offers Digital Vibrance Control™, TwinView display options, and a patented unified driver -- making it the ultimate graphics solution for the corporate user. It leverages the GeForce2 GTS architecture, including features such as second generation transform and lighting and per-pixel shading, yet is priced at one-third of the cost of the original GeForce 256 GPU. The rich feature set, combined with its low cost, makes GeForce2 MX truly a GPU for the masses.
- NVIDIA TNT2™ Pro for the performance PC market. The TNT2 Pro features NVIDIA's award-winning, fourth-generation, 128-bit 3D architecture that has garnered more than 400 industry awards.
- NVIDIA Vanta™, Vanta LT, and TNT2 M64 for the commercial and corporate mainstream PC markets. Also based on the original award-winning NVIDIA TNT2 architecture, these processors offer low-cost, high-performance choices for business and entertainment applications.
- Aladdin™ TNT2 for the sub-$1000 PC market. The first truly integrated graphics chipset; Aladdin TNT2 redefines the possibilities for the lowest cost platforms.
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. The unmatched breadth of the NVIDIA product family enables gripping multimedia experiences for the entire desktop computer market from workstations to internet-enabled appliances. 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 http://www.nvidia.com.
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Notes to Editors: GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce 256, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX should be written as shown, with an uppercase "G" and "F", with a lowercase "e" and a lowercase "orce." There is no space between "GeForce" and "2" for GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX. There is a space before "Ultra," "GTS," "MX," and "256." The word "Ultra" is in titlecase. "MX" and "GTS" are in ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. Quadro2 Pro and Quadro2 MXR should be written as shown; there is no space between "Quadro" and "2." There is a space before "MXR" and it is in ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for NVIDIA, NVIDIA TNT2, NVIDIA TNT, RIVA 128, and RIVA 128ZX and is ALL CAPITALS.
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