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NVIDIA nForce Platform Architecture Selected by MicronPC

NVIDIA’s nForce Platform Processors Power MicronPC’s Millennia XP+ to New Levels of Integration and Innovation

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For Immediate Release:

SANTA CLARA, CA — NOVEMBER 7, 2001 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that its highly-anticipated nForce™ Platform Processing Architecture has been selected by MicronPC to power their new line of Millennia® XP+ desktop PCs.  NVIDIA’s nForce is a revolutionary new PC platform design, integrating system, graphics, communications, and audio technologies to deliver unmatched system performance for the mainstream PC market.
 
“NVIDIA’s nForce Platform Processors are the heart and soul of these powerful new Micron PC’s,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing for NVIDIA. “These nForce equipped systems will deliver MicronPC’s multimedia-hungry consumers silky-smooth video playback, mind-blowing audio, and high-speed Internet throughput.”

Available for order starting November 12, 2001, the new MicronPC Millennia XP+ systems combine NVIDIA’s advanced integrated core-logic design with the power of the AMD® Athlon XP 1900+ CPU to provide PC enthusiasts with the fastest consumer system available today.  New nForce-based Millennia PCs can be purchased online at www.micronpc.com.

“NVIDIA has become one of the driving forces in the computing and multimedia market,” said Paul Petersen, vice president of product marketing and development at MicronPC.  “The performance possibilities enabled by the nForce architecture combined with the AMD Athlon XP processor are exciting.  And, MicronPC is pleased to be the first major U.S. PC manufacturer to combine these technologies into a desktop system, which will deliver a new standard in performance and value to customers.

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™ Graphics Processing Unit (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 AMD’s HyperTransport™ bus technology, delivering the highest continuous data throughput throughout the system.  MicronPC customers also have the option of upgrading the Millennia XP+ system with a graphics card based on NVIDIA’s GeForce3 Ti 500 GPU, for the ultimate in graphics performance and functionality.

About NVIDIA
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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