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SANTA CLARA, CA — March 10, 2000 — NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Interplay Entertainment Corp. (Nasdaq: IPLY) today announced a relationship that will ultimately result in a suite of new 3D game titles that fully utilize NVIDIA's industry-leading 3D technology. To ensure that end users reap the maximum benefits of the GeForce 256, the world's first GPU, NVIDIA is working with key developers to harness the awesome power delivered by its entire family of 3D GPUs. The ultimate goal of this alliance is to deliver powerful new 3D applications which offer rich, dynamic and lifelike worlds and characters for end-users playing Interplay titles on NVIDIA-based products.
"Interplay is one of the premier entertainment publishers and has a long history of providing the best quality of entertainment software to millions of users," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Interplay has maintained its leadership position by quickly embracing 3D technology and pushing the limits of game design. By working closely with Interplay's exceptional development teams, we plan on aligning our efforts so that our products provide end-users with the most entertaining gaming experience in the graphics industry."
"NVIDIA has established itself as a market and technology leader. As evidenced by the award-winning GeForce 256 GPU, NVIDIA continues to raise the bar for 3D processor technology," said Brian Fargo, CEO of at Interplay. "Moving forward, this type of technology is expected to provide Interplay with unprecedented levels of 3D performance and visual quality on a PC. Interplay is excited to leverage this power in our games, and to deliver it to millions of end-users."
The strategic partnership between the companies will provide Interplay access to NVIDIA's hardware, software and development tools to maximize both image quality and performance under Microsoft's Direct3D API. All Interplay 3D titles that have been quality tested and optimized to take advantage of NVIDIA's family of 3D GPUs will bear the NVIDIA logo on the package. In addition, the relationship allows both companies to share future technical developments. As a result, the alliance is expected to provide an ongoing release of optimized 3D titles designed using the latest hardware from NVIDIA.
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.
Interplay Entertainment Corp. is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay currently balances its development efforts by publishing for personal computers and current generation video game consoles. Interplay releases products through Interplay, Shiny Entertainment, Tantrum, Black Isle Studios, 14° East, its distribution partners and its wholly owned subsidiary Interplay OEM, Inc. More comprehensive information on Interplay and its products is available through its worldwide web site at http://www.interplay.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.
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