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NVIDIA Extends nForce Product Family with New nForce 415-D Platform Architecture

New Cost-Effective, High-Performance PC Architecture Completes Top-to-Bottom Platform Product Offerings

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NVIDIA Corporation  
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For Immediate Release:

CES - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 8, 2002 - NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today introduced the nForce(TM) 415-D processor set, the latest addition to the Company's nForce Platform Processing product family. The nForce 415-D, the perfect complement to the new  AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2000+ and other AMD processors, combines nForce's heralded Media and Communications Processor (MCP) with a new System Platform Processor (SPP) to deliver unparalleled memory, networking, audio, and PC performance. The nForce 415-D is also the performance vehicle for end-users who desire the highest system performance possible, along with the utmost in upgrade flexibility.

"With the introduction of the nForce 415-D and the new SPP platform processor, NVIDIA is now the only company to offer a broad product family in both core logic and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)," said Drew Henry, general manager of the Platform Processor Business at NVIDIA. "The pairing of the nForce 415-D with NVIDIA's latest discrete GPUs, such as the GeForce3(TM) Ti 500, results in the fastest, most feature-rich, cost-effective PC platform available today."

For unmatched system performance, the nForce SPP features TwinBank(TM), an optimized 128-bit memory controller architecture providing up to 4.2GB/sec. of system memory bandwidth; a dynamic adaptive speculative pre-processor(TM) (DASP) for boosting CPU performance; a single-step memory arbiter for the ultimate memory efficiency; and a 4X accelerated graphics port for external GPU expansion.  The nForce MCP integrates an Audio Processing Unit (APU) with a Dolby® Digital 5.1 real-time encoder; StreamThru(TM), 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 SPP and nForce MCP also feature AMD HyperTransport(TM) bus technology, delivering 800MB/sec. of data between the two platform processors.

"We see two trends in the industry--the increase in integration and the trend toward SOCs, and new building blocks to allow OEMS to mix and match," said Dr. Jon Peddie, President of Jon Peddie Research, the leading market research firm tracking graphics and multimedia.
"With the introduction of the nForce 415-D and the deployment of DDR, OEMs will now be able to offer cost-effective solutions from mid to high-end performance. We think this segment could account for 45-precent of all PC sales."

The nForce 415-D processor set is in production now. Motherboards based on nForce 415-D will be available later this month.

"Our motherboards featuring NVIDIA's nForce 415-D platform processors are an outstanding solution for consumers who demand high performance and a rich set of features," said Joseph Hsu president of MSI.  "When combined with MSI's G3Ti500 Pro-VTG graphics card featuring the NVIDIA GeForce 3 Ti 500 GPU, consumers are guaranteed of the most powerful media system available today."

PCs and motherboards based on NVIDIA's current nForce Platform Processing Architecture, the nForce 420-D, 220-D and 220, are also currently available from more than 100 system motherboard manufacturers, PC OEMs and system builders worldwide, including: MSI, ASUS, Fujitsu-Siemens, MicronPC, Alienware, and more.

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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