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GAME DEVELOPER CONFERENCE – SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 16, 1999: In an ongoing effort to assist content developers to deliver games with new levels of incredible visual quality and stunning cinematic effects, NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that Expendable from RAGE Software PLC was chosen as the premiere High I.Q. feature title for spring 1999.
"We have always endeavored to provide users with the best gaming experience possible and this award validates the considerable time and energy that Rage Software spent designing the look and feel of Expendable," said Paul Finnegan, group managing director of Rage Software. "By working directly with NVIDIA's developer relations team and leveraging the awesome capabilities of the RIVA family, we have been able to optimize the image quality of Expendable to levels that were not possible before in the gaming community."
The High I.Q. program, which is co-sponsored by PC Gamer and Diamond Multimedia, is the result of the "Raise Your I.Q." developer program launched in the first half of 1998. This program was developed to assist developers in raising the standards for image quality and multitexturing effects in their upcoming software titles. The High I.Q. titles are identified on and can also be purchased at the NVIDIA software store found on NVIDIA's website http://www.nvidia.com. In addition to providing users with access to the hottest titles, the High I.Q. program rewards and promotes software developers that provide the best examples of the improved image quality now possible with today's RIVA TNT-based platforms.
"Every software title that has been chosen this season provides users with an unparalleled sensory experience," said Michael Hara, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "The extensive number of titles in our High I.Q. Honor Roll exemplifies the widespread awareness this program has created and the premium that is being placed on visual quality. As we continue to provide more tools and unprecedented levels of 3D processing power, improvements in image quality, cinematic effects and organic realism will evolve at unheard levels – with end-users being the ultimate winners."
The new titles featured on the Spring '99 High I.Q. list, includes: Baseball Edition 2000 by InterPlay Sports; Descent 3 by Outrage Entertainment; Drakan from Surreal; Heavy Gear 2 by Activision; Redline Racer from Beyond Games; Rollcage by Attention to Detail; and TrueSpace 4 from Caligari.
Each quarter, a new list of the hottest High I.Q. titles will be evaluated and chosen by NVIDIA. All of these titles use standard APIs and take advantage of NVIDIA's key product features, such as support for multi-texturing, AGP Texturing, 32-bit color, 32-bit Z-buffer and the ability to achieve screen resolutions up to 1600x1200. The High I.Q. program is designed to recognize the efforts of the industry's best 3D software companies and promote their products to the end-users.
The High I.Q. list and demos of those titles will be distributed through game bundles with participating RIVA TNT-based and TNT2-based add-in card products. Information on the High I.Q. program and the titles available for purchase can be found at www.nvidia.com/highiq.
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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