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NVIDIA Takes Its Graphics Leadership to Japanese PC Market


NEC to Standardize on NVIDIA Vanta 3D Processor for New VALUESTAR U Platform

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Richard Black
NVIDIA Corporation

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA — May 2, 2000 — NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), today announced that the NVIDIA Vanta™ 3D graphics processor has been selected as the standard graphics solution for NEC Corporation's new VALUESTAR U platform in Japan. The NVIDIA Vanta, a member of NVIDIA's award-winning family of top-to-bottom 3D graphics processors, delivers superior, low-cost performance graphics for the PC desktop market. Based on the award-winning RIVA TNT2™ architecture, the NVIDIA Vanta graphics processor is being made available through an add-in-card solution from Leadtek Research Inc.

"NEC is one of the key suppliers of PCs to the Japanese market," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales for NVIDIA. "With the new NEC VALUESTAR U solution, the Japanese market can experience our feature-rich, high-performance graphics processors that have made NVIDIA the choice for PC OEMs around the world."

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 one unified driver and one architecture across all implementations. The proven graphics architecture and massive gate counts translate into stunningly realistic, high-performance results. NVIDIA single-chip processors enable high-frame-rate 3D graphics, benchmark-winning 2D graphics, and VGA and video acceleration 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™ and 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 almost 400 industry awards.
  • NVIDIA Vanta™, Vanta LT, and TNT2 M64 for the mainstream and value PC markets. Also based on the original award-winning 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, honoring the company with 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


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, TNT and TNT2 is ALL CAPITALS. 

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