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WinDVD's Breakthrough User Interface Combined with Leading Graphics Technology Delivers Consumer-Quality Software DVD Solution to Mainstream
SANTA CLARA, CA – APRIL 29, 1999 – NVIDIATM Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and InterVideo, Inc. announced today that InterVideo's WinDVDTM software DVD player, when combined with NVIDIA's RIVA TNTTM 3D processor, has received Windows® Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification for high quality, full frame rate software enabled DVD playback. This new DVD software playback solution is the first to successfully pass Microsoft's rigorous test requirements and achieve the WHQL logo of certification for the RIVA TNT. The WHQL certification was run on a MicronTM Millennia® Pentium® II 450 MHz system.
WinDVD's impressive list of features includes an advanced intuitive user interface, software video window scaling, software and hardware sub-picture alpha blending, software video signal de-interlacing, and software color and brightness control. WinDVD includes state-of-the-art support for VCD disc and MP3 audio file playback, DVD region control and the most powerful and responsive DVD navigator in the industry.
"We've proven that consumer-quality software DVD playback is possible on standard PCs equipped with our RIVA TNT family of processors," stated Dan Vivoli, vice president of product marketing at NVIDIA. "Combined with WinDVD's outstanding user interface and navigation system, this new offering is the consummate DVD player for the mainstream PC market."
"The WHQL logo is the PC equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval," noted Joe Monastiero, vice president of sales and marketing at InterVideo. "The combination of InterVideo's and NVIDIA's technical expertise in software DVD and graphics processors is exemplified in being the first to achieve WHQL."
WHQL Approval Required For Software DVD Products
The WHQL logo has become a de-facto standard for software enabled DVD playback systems and many major U.S. system manufacturers now require the logo before shipping software DVD solutions. Microsoft's WHQL tests ensure software DVD players offer a compliant implementation of DirectShowTM APIs, support for a proper DVD navigation and a bug-free user experience. Unlike competitive solutions that require the usage of proprietary-based hardware implementations for DVD playback, the WinDVD and RIVA TNT combination is a standards-based solution that has been optimized to ensure high quality DVD playback.
WinDVD supports all of the industry-standard DVD APIs, including DirectShowTM, DirectDrawTM and DirectSoundTM, and is legacy compatible with the MCI interactive title standard. In addition, InterVideo has a unique application interface layer to allow WinDVD to quickly support any graphics adapter with DVD hardware-assist features, like motion compensation and IDCT. WinDVD's architecture is uniquely modular and tightly tailored to the DVD specification and the intricacies of the PC system environment, providing the most seamless navigation experience available. WinDVD is available for licensing to OEMs directly and distribution for system integrators.
The RIVA family of 3D/2D processors, the RIVA TNT2TM, RIVA TNTTM, RIVA 128 ZXTM and the RIVA 128TM 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 VantaTM3D/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 and OpenGL.
InterVideo's (IVI) executive team is comprised of PC DVD veterans instrumental in the formation of the PC DVD industry, coming from industry pioneering companies such as LuxSonor, Chromatic Research, Zoran and E4. IVI intends to release a series of products in 1999 to cover the full spectrum of advanced video and audio software in areas including DTV, streaming video and video encoding. InterVideo's headquarters is in Fremont, CA and has an office in Taipei to support the Asian markets. For more information about IVI, contact InterVideo at (510) 651-0888 or visit the website at www.intervideoinc.com.
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 of the respective companies with which they are associated WinDVD is a trademark of InterVideo, Inc. DirectShow, DirectDraw, and DirectSound are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.