NVIDIA Detonator XP Earns Full Certification for Windows XP

Detonator XP Driver Architecture Certified Software Product For Microsoft’s New Operating System; Product Awarded Microsoft’s “Designed For Windows XP” Logo

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 15, 2001 - NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that its Detonator XP unified driver architecture (UDA) has been awarded certification from the Microsoft® Windows® Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) for all versions of Microsoft’s highly anticipated Windows XP operating system, available on Oct. 25.  This certification further solidifies NVIDIA’s commitment to produce the best software and hardware products specifically designed to unleash the power and features of Windows XP.  In addition to the WHQL certification for both Windows XP Home and Professional Editions, NVIDIA is the first company to receive certification on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. With full workstation features and capabilities, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition is the most advanced operating system to support the Intel® Itanium™ processors.

NVIDIA is the first company to receive certification on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition, with full workstation features and capabilities, the most advanced operating system to support Intel®’s Itanium™ processors.

The WHQL certification enables Detonator XP to carry the “Designed for Windows XP” logo, a Microsoft-run program alerting developers and consumers to only those products that have met a high-quality bar and deliver a great computing experience on Windows XP. NVIDIA’s products also meet the "Designed for Windows XP - Optimized" requirements.

“NVIDIA’s world-class software team has consistently delivered the highest quality drivers in the industry for Windows operating systems,” said Dwight Diercks, vice president of software engineering at NVIDIA.

The WHQL certification process ensures that only those products meeting a high bar of quality standards have the opportunity to bear the ‘Designed for Windows’ logo, and we’re delighted that Detonator XP is the first product to be awarded with this honor.”

Detonator XP includes specific 2D and 3D technology enhancements designed to accelerate special features contained in Windows XP, delivering top performance and a sleek new way to navigate the Windows XP desktop.  Detonator XP provides acceleration for Windows XP’s new graphical interface, and optimizations for a variety of traditional applications including digital video and photo editing, streaming multimedia, music creation and 3D gaming.

Written specifically for Windows XP, Detonator XP contains NVIDIA’s proprietary Detonator XPress Link technology.  Working with the patented Direct Memory Access (DMA) found on all NVIDIA hardware, Detonator XPress Link provides a direct connection from the hardware to the operating system, resulting in the fastest available performance by accelerating the power and features of Windows XP.  

Detonator XP is currently available free-of-charge at: www.nvidia.com.

NVIDIA’s graphics and multimedia products can be found in the Microsoft Windows Catalog―a comprehensive, easy-to-use list of compatible products for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. The catalog is found online at:

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