NVIDIA 3D Graphics Processor Sets New Standard for PC Market
New RIVA TNT2 First to Deliver Best Performnace and Visual Quality
SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 15, 1999-- For the fourth consecutive season, NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ : NVDA) announced today the fastest 3D graphics processor for the mainstream market, the RIVA TNT2(TM). This new offering from NVIDIA sets a new standard for performance and quality by combining best-of-class 3D and 2D performance with 32-bit true color rendering, 32-bit Z-buffer and a 32MB frame buffer. The TwiN Texel Architecture, combined with per-pixel mip-mapping precision, offers an unprecedented fill rate of up-to 350 million pixels-per-second, which is twice that of the nearest competitor. The RIVA TNT2 also has the ability to render up to 10 million triangles per second which allows developers to write standards based applications with stunning visual effects.
"NVIDIA has redefined performance and quality standards for all desktop PCs," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "With our full featured family of performance 3D graphics processors, we are uniquely positioned to dominate the entire range from the basic PC to the performance PC."
NVIDIA is the only graphics processor vendor to leverage benefits of the .25 micron process to its fullest, giving them a graphics accelerator that exceeds even Intel's Pentium III processor in terms of gate complexity. Combining this new performance level with the superior visual fidelity from the 32-bit rendering, the special effects made possible by the 32-bit Z-buffer and a 32MB frame buffer, delivers the ultimate 3D experience to the end-user who demands the best quality graphics for entertainment, education, business and e-commerce applications.
"NVIDIA has shown continued growth in market share and an ability to hit the windows needed by the OEMs," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA) a market research firm that tracks digital media technologies. "Our research shows the market for 3D controllers grew to over 88 million units in 1998 and NVIDIA's growth rate exceed the market's."
Customers developing RIVA TNT2-based graphics cards include: ASUS, Canopus, Diamond Multimedia, ELSA, Guillemot, Hercules and Leadtek, with more add-in-card and Tier one OEM announcements to come.
About the RIVA TNT2
Targeting the mainstream performance PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards will feature a 300MHz RAMDAC and 32MB of RAM and will support resolutions beyond HDTV and as high as 2048x1536x32bpp at 60hz. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation, integrated, 128-bit 3D processor. The RIVA TNT2's 32MB frame buffer, 32-bit color pipeline and 32-bit Z-buffer delivers unsurpassed quality and performance. The TwiN-Texel Architecture, combined with per-pixel mip-mapping precision, offers an unprecedented fill rate of up-to 350 million pixels-per-second, which is twice that of the nearest competitor. The RIVA TNT2 also has the ability to render up to 10 million triangles per second which allows developers to write standards based applications with stunning visual effects.
The RIVA TNT2 is the fastest 128-bit accelerator with Digital Flat Panel support, AGP 4X and AGP 2X support. The RIVA TNT2 meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC98, PC99 and all DirectX 6.0 initiatives. In addition to DirectX support, the RIVA TNT provides full support for an OpenGL(TM) ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Delivering the industry's fastest Direct3D(TM) acceleration, leadership VGA, Directdraw and Video performance allows the RIVA TNT2 to power a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games and full screen DVD playback.
Pricing and Availability
The RIVA TNT2 graphics processor will be priced at $45.00 US, in 10,000 unit quantities. The RIVA TNT2 is in production this quarter.
The RIVA family of 3D/2D processors, the RIVA TNT2(TM), RIVA TNT(TM), RIVA 128ZX(TM) and the RIVA 128(TM) is the first family of high performance processors for the performance mainstream PC market. The RIVA processors utilize a 128-bit pipeline to support the computational throughput required for current and future graphically intense applications. The NVIDIA Vanta(TM) 3D/2D processor is the first in a family of 3D processors designed for the enterprise PC market. Based on the award winning RIVA TNT architecture, the NVIDIA Vanta processor is designed for Windows 2000 and the burgeoning market for enterprise visualization applications. By leveraging its graphics technology and massive gate counts, all NVIDIA processors are able to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration in single chip solutions. NVIDIA processors are optimized for both Direct3D(TM) and OpenGL(TM).
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) designs, markets and sells a complete family of award-winning 3D processors that deliver industry-leading performance and visual quality for a broad range of PC applications, including: enterprise visualization, e-commerce, e-business, entertainment and education. Corporate headquarters are located in California: 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, California 95051. For more information visit the Company's web site at http://www.nvidia.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially. Factors that may affect NVIDIA's actual results include the impact of competitive products and pricing, technological changes in products and components, the ability to timely and successfully develop and produce in volume new products and modifications to existing products, market acceptance of new products and modifications to existing products and conditions in the PC market. Further information on factors that could affect the financial results of NVIDIA is included in the Registration Statement on Form S-1, dated January 22, 1999, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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