NVIDIA to Deliver New Ultra-High-Performance Option for HP Pavilion PCs

PC Industry's First 64MB DDR GeForce Option Made Available as Part of HP's Build-to-Order Program 

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Richard Black
NVIDIA Corporation

For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARA, CA — March 15, 2000 — NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that Hewlett-Packard Company will offer the 64MB Double Data Rate (DDR) version of NVIDIA's industry-leading GeForce 256 GPU as the ultra-high performance option for build-to-order HP Pavilion multimedia PCs. HP selected the NVIDIA DDR synchronous RAM graphics solutions to bring lightning-fast frame rates, higher resolutions, and increased color depth to the build-to-order HP Pavilion multimedia PCs. The new 64MB DDR GeForce option can be ordered through electronic kiosks at Best Buy, Circuit City, and Staples or through the HP e-commerce site located at hpshopping.com

"This new 64 MB DDR GeForce delivers an unbelievable visual experience for users who want to push the performance envelope to levels never before dreamed of," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of sales at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA continues to produce leading-edge technology that meets the needs of the leading platform suppliers, and ultimately delivers the best graphics experience to the consumers."

The architecture of the NVIDIA DDR technology almost doubles the usable bandwidth between a frame buffer and a graphics controller. The DDR interface uses SSTL-2 signaling and has become the industry standard for advanced frame buffer applications. With the DDR technology reads and writes at both rising and falling edges of the clock, a two-times higher bandwidth can be achieved when compared against traditional RAM technology.

The HP build-to-order program lets customers personalize their HP Pavilion PCs with a choice of different components. NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU in 32 MB and 64 MB versions, TNT2 Pro and TNT2 graphics solutions are the only options offered for the HP Pavilion PC models sold through HP's e-commerce site and retail kiosks.

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 Direct3D™ and OpenGL® APIs, the NVIDIA products currently include:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 256™ for the PC enthusiast market. The world's first graphics processing unit, GeForce 256 delivers an order-of-magnitude increase in geometry processing power and enables unmatched access to interactive content.
  • NVIDIA Quadro™ for professional workstations, digital content creation, and MCAD markets. The Quadro processor 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 award-winning RIVA TNT2 architecture, these processors offer low-cost, highly integrated choices for entry-level add-in card and motherboard applications.
  • NVIDIA 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 http://www.nvidia.com.

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 should be written with an uppercase G and F, all other letters lowercase, and a space between GeForce and 256. 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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