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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 11, 2001 - NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that its family of graphics and multimedia processors, including the revolutionary nForce™ platform processing architecture, has been optimized for the AMD® Athlon™ XP processor 1800+. By combining NVIDIA’s award-winning graphics and multimedia products with AMD’s new AMD Athlon™ XP processor featuring QuantiSpeed™ architecture, PC OEMs and system builders worldwide are able to provide a high-performance, feature rich platform architecture for end users using the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system. In addition to nForce, NVIDIA’s complete family of graphics processor units (GPUs) are optimized for all AMD processors, including the AMD Duron™ processor, and for Windows XP through Detonator XP, NVIDIA’s new Windows XP-ready Unified Driver Architecture (UDA).
“The multimedia processing capabilities offered by combining NVIDIA’s nForce with the AMD Athlon XP processor delivers an unprecedented PC experience, and provides an excellent platform for powering the new Windows XP operating system,” said Rex Meek, director of the Hardware Infrastructure Enablement Group at AMD. “Consumers will be hard pressed to find a better multi-tasking system able to handle the diverse set of features contained in the Windows XP Home and Professional editions.”
“Windows XP is loaded with new features such as audio and video playback, digital photo and video editing, high-speed networking and an enhanced graphical interface. nForce was designed to optimize these features, while improving overall system performance and quality,” added Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “Working with AMD has allowed us to provide users of every computing budget with the best system designed to run, and take full advantage of, one of this year’s most anticipated products.”
NVIDIA’s nForce Platform Processing Architecture is comprised of two platform processors: the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and the nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP). For unmatched system performance, the nForce IGP features the TwinBank optimized 128-bit memory architecture providing the highest possible bandwidth; a dynamic adaptive speculative pre-processor (DASP™) for boosting CPU performance; and an integrated GeForce2™ GPU for unparalleled 3D graphics performance. The nForce MCP integrates an Audio Processing Unit (APU) with a Dolby™ Digital 5.1 real-time encoder; StreamThru™, enhanced data streaming technology for superior broadband and networking performance; and the industry’s most complete media and communications suite, including support for HomePNA 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet and USB. Both the nForce IGP and nForce MCP also feature built-in support for HyperTransport™ interconnect technology, delivering the highest continuous throughput between the two platform processors.
About the AMD Athlon XP Processor
AMD introduced its brand-new processor for high-performance desktop computers, the AMD Athlon XP processor. The AMD Athlon XP processor features the new, patented QuantiSpeed architecture, which delivers a quantum leap in performance for office productivity, digital media, and 3D gaming. The new architecture also includes 3DNow!™ Professional technology, which adds 52 new instructions, extending 3DNow! technology capabilities to more software titles than any other processor in the world. The AMD Athlon “XP” modifier is designed to convey the extreme performance AMD Athlon XP processors deliver for the upcoming Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system.
AMD will identify the AMD Athlon XP processor using model numbers, as opposed to megahertz, and is introducing 1800+, 1700+, 1600+ and 1500+ versions. Model numbers are designed to communicate the relative application performance among the various AMD Athlon XP processors, as well as communicate the architectural superiority over existing AMD Athlon processors.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering 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 "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
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