NVIDIA Quadro GPU Powers New IBM IntelliStation Workstation

New Quadro Workstation GPU Delivers Industrial-Strength Workstation Graphics in Cost-Effective Workstation Configurations

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Derek Perez
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NVIDIA Corporation
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For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 14, 2000 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that IBM (NYSE: IBM) has selected the NVIDIA Quadro™ workstation graphics processing unit (GPU) as the order-ready graphics accelerator for their new IntelliStation® workstations. Based on NVIDIA's revolutionary single-chip integrated QuadEngine™ transform and lighting architecture, the new Quadro-powered IBM IntelliStation workstations reset traditional price/performance bars for the professional industry.

The desktop workstation market, now dominated by Intel's X86 architectures and Windows® NT, ranks second in market size behind mainstream desktop PCs.

"NVIDIA's Quadro will reset the graphics price/performance bars for the professional industry, just like Intel's Xeon processor did for the microprocessors," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "By working with IBM, one of the dominant leaders in the workstation segment, we intend to reshape the competitive landscape."

"Never before has the workstation market ever had access to such tremendous graphics horsepower at such price points," said Dr. Satish Gupta, vice president and general manager for IntelliStation at IBM. "By combining IBM's new IntelliStation workstation with the ELSA Quadro-based GLoria II, engineers, animators and creative design professionals now have the ability to achieve higher levels of real-time interactivity and image quality, thereby reducing overall design time and costs."

This new professional Windows NT workstation from IBM combines ELSA's Quadro-based 64MB GLoria II accelerator card with the advanced Intel® Pentium® III XeonTM processor to deliver dazzling compute power and real-time graphics horsepower. Superior application performance is ensured by the workstation's extensive portfolio of certifications from leading software vendors such as Alias/Wavefront Maya™, Autodesk AutoCAD, Avid Softimage®|3D, Dassault Catia, Discreet 3D Studio MAX® and VIZ®, I-DEAS Master Series, Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER®, SolidWorks® and Unigraphics.

Redefining the Workstation Market
Based on NVIDIA's revolutionary single-chip integrated QuadEngine™ transform and lighting architecture, the Quadro is targeted for the digital content creation and MCAD design markets. Able to process more than 200 billion operations per second, the Quadro shatters the performance scores for entry-level and mid-range Windows NT® workstation markets. The Quadro delivers up to 17 million triangles per second and a texture fill rate of up to 540 million pixels per second. In addition to delivering a breakthrough in performance, Quadro offers advanced features demanded by content creation professionals such as antialiased points and lines, two-sided lighting, front buffer 3D clipping and shared back-buffer support. NVIDIA Quadro-based products will ship with Intel®'s next-generation Pentium® III- and AMD Athlon™-optimized OpenGL® drivers for Windows® 2000, Windows NT and Linux.
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