World's First Mainstream GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) Delivers Unprecedented Visual Capabilities and Quality to Europe's New High-End Solutions
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LONDON — June 28, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced Packard Bell, the consumer brand for NEC Computers International, has selected the new GeForce2 MX™ for its upcoming high-end solutions. The GeForce2 MX delivers industry-leading GeForce-class performance and quality and Digital Vibrance Control™ features at a mainstream solution price. The rich feature set, highly acclaimed performance and quality, combined with its low cost, truly makes GeForce2 MX a GPU for the masses.
Based on the award-winning GeForce2 GTS™ architecture, this well-balanced architecture powers razor-sharp, crystal-clear 2D graphics, even at extreme resolutions as high as 2048 x 1536, in 32-bit color on a primary display screen. The GeForce2 MX offers outstanding 3D performance, delivering over 20 million sustained triangles per second and 700 million texels per second, and more than three times the texture processing power of any competitive mainstream consumer graphics processor.
"Our long term goal is to provide the best technology to every consumer, at every price point. The GeForce2 MX is designed for casual users who want to have the best visual experience at an affordable price," said Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of sales at NVIDIA. "Our close relationship with NEC Computers International, their market-leading Packard Bell brand for the consumer, and award-winning Direction range for performance and small business users, enable us to offer products that perfectly match and meet the needs of a wide range of customers, with their upcoming high-end solutions."
"By integrating the GeForce2 MX GPU in our new high-end solutions, we want to provide our customers with the best performance and quality needed for great visual and games experiences," said Wim Vanheertum, consumer desktop marketing manager at NEC Computers International.
"Our new high-end solutions, which will be in stores in autumn 2000, are designed to offer the maximum of power for entertainment with a large range of software and games, such as FIFA 2000, Flight Simulator, Rallye Championship, Rayman 2, etc."
The computing industry recognizes NVIDIA as the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology for mainstream platforms, 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.
About NEC Computers International and Packard Bell
NEC Computers International is one of the home market leaders, with its Packard Bell brand. In this market, the group held a 12.2% market share in 1999 (source: Dataquest) with 1,038,481 PCs sold. Its growth rate was 43% in 1999.
NEC Computers International is split into two divisions:
- A consumer division, with the Packard Bell brand, sold in the major retail outlets only,
- A professional division, with the NEC brand. These two brands, designed for businesses, are marketed by direct sales and through specialized wholesalers and resellers.
NEC Computers International: a guarantee of innovation and leadership
NEC Computers International BV is a core company of NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY). NEC Computers International provides personal computers, servers and Internet solutions to corporations, individuals, government and other public sector agencies.
NEC Computers International combines the assets of Packard Bell NEC and NEC Corporation's personal computer and server operations in Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China).
The company's strategic objective is to offer innovative and global solutions to its clients through a uniform business platform, superior technologies, and its geographical synergies.
The company employs 2,500 people around the world and is headquartered in Wijchen, Netherlands. Its main facilities are located in Angers, France; Wijchen, Netherlands; Livingston, Scotland and Penang, Malaysia.
Certain statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
Notes to Editors: GeForce 256, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX should be written with an uppercase G and F, all other letters lowercase, and a space between GeForce and 256 as well as a space between GeForce2 and GTS and a space between GeForce2 and MX. MX and GTS are ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. The recommended format for NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, RIVA TNT, and RIVA TNT2 is ALL CAPITALS.
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