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NVIDIA Delivers Custom Performance-Enhanced Quadro GPU for New SGI Workstations

First High-Performance Solutions Resulting from Strategic Relationship

For Further Information Contact:  
Richard Black
NVIDIA Corporation
Tel: (408) 615-2772

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA – May 18, 2000 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that SGI (NYSE: SGI) will feature a custom performance enhanced Quadro GPU for its new line of Intel® processor based visual workstations. Designed from the ground-up to accelerate OpenGL 3D graphics in hardware on the Linux® operating system, the solution leverages SGI's extensive 3D graphics and OpenGL® expertise and NVIDIA's proven 3D graphics hardware and software architectures. The Silicon Graphics® 230, Silicon Graphics® 330 and Silicon Graphics® 550 visual workstations feature SGI's new family of graphics subsystems for Microsoft® Windows NT®, and Linux environments. The custom Quadro-based graphics accelerators in these new SGI platforms will be available in both 32MB and 64MB AGP 4X solutions and deliver increased performance and accuracy in professional workstation environments.

"These graphics subsystems continue SGI's long tradition of high quality, high performance solutions for the workstation market. We are proud that NVIDIA technology is at the core," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "SGI is a key partner in our strategy to become the standard graphics for the workstation market. With this custom performance-enhanced Quadro GPU, NVIDIA now has design wins in five of the top six workstation manufacturers."

The Silicon Graphics 230, visual workstation for Windows NT and Linux environments will be available immediately, and the Silicon Graphics 330 and 550 will ship later this quarter.

"Through NVIDIA and SGI's collaborative engineering efforts, developers now have access to native OpenGL graphics on the Linux platform," stated Greg Goelz, vice president of workstations and Intel processor-based servers for SGI. "By combining a custom NVIDIA high-performance GPU with our OpenGL driver expertise, we are now able to leverage the economies of volume leaders while preserving our unique value and differentiation for continued leadership in workstation graphics performance."

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 single and a single architecture across all implementations. NVIDIA's single-chip processors 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 products currently include:

  • NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS™ and GeForce 256™ graphics processing units (GPUs) for the PC enthusiast market. NVIDIA's most recent GPU, the GeForce2 GTS, delivers an order-of-magnitude increase in geometry processing power and radical new per-pixel shading features unmatched by any other graphics processor.
  • NVIDIA Quadro™ for professional workstations, digital content creation, and MCAD markets. The Quadro GPU integrates the revolutionary QuadEngine™ architecture for optimized transform and lighting functions.
  • NVIDIA TNT2™ Pro for the performance PC market. The TNT2 and TNT2 Pro feature 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 mainstream and value PC markets. Also based on the original award-winning NVIDIA TNT2 architecture, these processors offer low-cost, highly integrated choices for entry-level add-in card and motherboard 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 for mainstream platforms, awarding the company the most 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. In use by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers, NVIDIA products are the solutions of choice for the top PC OEMs, add-in card designers, and system builders worldwide. 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

NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the recognized global leader in advanced graphics processing technology for mainstream platforms. The unmatched breadth of NVIDIA's product line enriches 3D, 2D, and high-definition digital video and television for every audience and price point of the desktop computer market -- from workstations to internet-enabled appliances. PC OEMs, add-in card manufacturers, system builders, and consumer electronics companies worldwide choose NVIDIA's processors as the core component of their graphics processing solutions. These end products are used by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers. NVIDIA's award-winning graphics processors deliver superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education.

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 and GeForce2 GTS 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. GTS is ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. The recommended format for NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, NVIDIA TNT, and NVIDIA TNT2 is ALL CAPITALS. 

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