NAMPA, ID– APRIL 27, 1999 – Micron Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: MUEI) and NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that their work together will soon result in Micron standardizing on NVIDIA TNT2™ graphics processors in all Micron™ Millennia® desktop systems. Micron currently offers the NVIDIA RIVA TNT™ 3D graphics processor as a standard with its Millennia systems. Later this year, Micron plans to offer the 16 MB NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 graphics processor as the standard graphics technology for the Millennia computers and the 32 MB NVIDIA TNT2 graphics processor as an upgrade option. Diamond Multimedia Systems (Nasdaq: DIMD) will produce the graphics accelerators that incorporate the RIVA TNT2 processors through their Viper V770 16 MB and 32 MB solutions.
"By standardizing on the NVIDIA graphics technology in our flagship Micron Millennia desktops systems, we are able to offer the industry's most robust graphics performance to our Millennia customers," said Jeff Moeser, Micron's vice president of desktop products. "In addition, we'll be able to standardize on graphics driver software across the line, which makes system maintenance easier for our customers."
"Choosing the RIVA TNT2 exemplifies Micron's commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology to the PC market," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and president at NVIDIA. "The RIVA TNT2 has clearly positioned itself as the best 3D processor in the PC industry, and will most certainly give Micron a winning edge in a highly competitive market."
Once available in the Micron Millennia systems, the new RIVA TNT2 3D graphics processor will provide Micron's Millennia customers with best-in-class 3D and 2D performance with 32-bit true color rendering, 32-bit Z-buffer and up to a 32MB frame buffer. 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 Micron Millennia desktop PCs are powered by Intel's latest processors and Microsoft Windows 98. Internet ready right out of the box, Micron Millennia systems deliver the industry's highest levels of performance for today's demanding computing needs, along with plenty of head room for the next generation of technologies. Micron's Millennia customers also benefit from Micron's rich portfolio of services, including a free one-year enrollment in Micron University, an online training resource that can help customers make the most out of their computer investment. In addition, Micron offers one year of unlimited Internet access via EarthLink, with the lease or purchase of select Micron Millennia desktop personal computers. For additional ease of use on the Internet, Micron Millennia systems feature a desktop Yahoo! icon connecting users to Yahoo! Plus, the Micron Millennia PCs are bundled with a standard default Internet browser that, when activated, connects users to the co-branded Micron My Yahoo! start page. This functionality enables users to immediately personalize their Web experience.
Other Micron services that reduce the cost of computer ownership include web-based purchasing and the MPower program, which includes options for equipment trade-ups as well as leasing and other flexible financing programs.
NVIDIA Family Processors
The RIVA family of 3D/2D processors, the RIVA TNT2™, RIVA TNT™, RIVA 128ZX™ and the RIVA 128™ 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™ 3D/2D processor is the first in a family of 3D processors designed for the enterprise PC market. Based on the award winning RIVA TNT2 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™ and OpenGL™.
About Micron Electronics
Micron Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MUEI), a recognized industry leader and direct vendor known for its award-winning products and services, develops, manufactures and markets high-performance, competitively priced computing solutions to consumers, small businesses, commercial and public sector buyers. Its superior customer service and toll-free technical support is available to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Micron offers value and convenience through direct sales via the Internet (www.micronpc.com), by phone (1-800-249-1179) or by fax (208-893-7240). SpecTek, a division of Micron Electronics, Inc., processes and markets various grades of DRAM products under the SpecTek® brand name. Micron Electronics, Inc. is majority owned by Micron Technology, Inc. The product names appearing herein are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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.
Notes to Editors: Please note that the recommended way of writing NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, RIVA TNT and RIVA TNT2 is all CAPITALS.
NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, RIVA TNT, RIVA TNT2 and NVIDIA Vanta are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. RIVA, RIVA 128 and RIVA 128ZX are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation and STMicroelectronics. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.