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New NVIDIA Software Unleashes The Power Of The GeForce Architecture - Provides Up To 50% Performance Gain

New Detonator 3 Drivers Deliver Industry-Leading Performance and Features for Existing NVIDIA GeForce GPUs

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation
Tel: (408) 486-2512

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA — August 14, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today the availability of its Detonator 3™ (D3) unified driver for its award-winning family of 3D graphics products. The new drivers, available free of charge today at, unleash the performance potential of the current GeForce™ family of NVIDIA GPUs. D3 extends NVIDIA's superiority in graphics by significantly boosting the performance and quality of what is widely considered the industry standard for PC graphics.

"The GeForce family of GPUs have set the bar for over a year," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "With Detonator 3, we are giving our customers a way to get even more performance and features from their existing graphics cards by simply downloading software from our website. We did the same thing with the original Detonator driver and the TNT2 family. It is one of the popular services we provide to our customer base. There have been over a million downloads of previous versions of Detonator drivers."

With its new D3 software, NVIDIA delivers up to a 50% performance gain in Microsoft® DirectX® 7.0 and SGI OpenGL® applications.

D3 includes a wide variety of new features and optimizations, including: performance enhancements for both Direct3D® and OpenGL based applications, optimizations for Intel® i815 and Pentium® 4 processors and AMD Duron™ and Athlon™ processors, improved DVD and HDTV playback, a robust and complete TwinView™ feature set for the industry's best dual-monitor performance, advanced Digital Vibrance Control™ user interface (for NVIDIA processors supporting Digital Vibrance Control), and an easy-to-use antialiasing control user interface.

Like all NVIDIA drivers, Detonator 3 is based on NVIDIA's unified driver architecture (UDA). Through UDA, NVIDIA software drivers are compatible with past, present, and future NVIDIA GPUs, and are compatible top-to-bottom with all currently manufactured versions of NVIDIA's graphics processors. Detonator 3 supports the entire TNT2™ product family as well as the GeForce and Quadro™ families of GPUs.

NVIDIA Products
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

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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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