NVIDIA’s Family of Graphics and Platform Processors Primed and Ready for New Windows XP

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation


SANTA CLARA, CA — OCTOBER 25, 2001 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) reported that its groundbreaking GeForce3™ series of graphics processors was selected by Microsoft® Corp. to power hundreds of PCs showcasing Windows® XP at official launch events held today nationwide, including Microsoft’s flagship bash in New York City.  Consumers participating in the 65-city launch will have an opportunity to explore Windows XP on machines powered by Intel®’s Pentium® 4 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 graphics processor, both selected for their ability to make the most of the operating system’s new and robust feature set.  In addition, NVIDIA’s products were the first to be awarded WHQL certification by Microsoft and also carry the “Designed for Windows XP” logo.

“Windows XP is one of the most anticipated launches the industry has ever seen and we are proud to have played a part in it,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing for NVIDIA.  “NVIDIA-powered systems running Windows XP not only perform better, but radically enhance some of Windows XP’s most popular features, including surround sound digital music, high-quality entertainment visuals, crisp video playback and a snappy new graphical interface.” 
NVIDIA’s family of graphics and multimedia processors have been fully optimized for Windows XP Home and Professional Editions, providing consumers and small business users with an easy solution for turning their desktop or mobile computing systems into powerful Windows XP-ready machines.

Advantages of NVIDIA-powered systems running Windows XP include:

  • Highest-quality 3D graphics deliver crisp, visual quality to graphic-intense applications, including gaming.  NVIDIA’s patented Direct Memory Access (DMA) XPress Link enables faster frame rates, improved textures and faster geometry transfers.
  • Full acceleration of the new Windows XP graphical interface.  ClearType™ support adds improved quality and readability of text, helping to reduce eye-fatigue sometimes experienced by notebook and desktop users. 
  • Theater-quality video playback for DVD and streaming media formats.
  • Enhanced audio, featuring Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound, delivers stereo-quality sound to MP3 (and other audio file formats) playback.
  • Increased power for high-speed networking.  Data streaming is significantly increased via NVIDIA’s patented StreamThru™ technology, resulting in superior broadband performance, clocking speeds of up to 15% over other comparable solutions.
  • Better overall system performance -- by up to 30-50 percent.  NVIDIA nForce-based products feature the AMD HyperTransport™ interconnect technology, enabling continuous, high-speed throughput between NVIDIA’s two platform processors, the Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and Media and Communications Processor (MCP). 

NVIDIA’s Windows XP-ready Detonator XP unified driver is available for free and can be downloaded at http://www.nvidia.com

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.

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