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NVIDIA Graphics to Power Micron Line of PC's


Highly-Anticipated RIVA TNT2Graphics Processor Selected for Micron Millennia Systems
SANTA CLARA, CA – MAY 18, 1999 – NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that Micron™ has selected the RIVA TNT2™ graphics processor for their Millennia® line of computers for small business and power users. The RIVA TNT2 is made available via the Diamond Viper V770 AGP video card from Diamond Multimedia Systems (Nasdaq: DIMD). Micron combines the award-winning RIVA TNT2 graphics processor with the new Intel® Pentium® III 550MHz in order to deliver incredible visual quality and graphics horsepower for today's most-sought-after 3D entertainment and business applications.

"With Micron offering the RIVA TNT2 along with the Pentium III, they are able to deliver to their small business and power users the very best in performance and quality at a competitive price point," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA is excited to partner with Micron to provide today's powerful PC users with a true graphics solution for end-users who want the most out of their PC."

The RIVA TNT2, which measured to be the world's fastest graphics processor by Mercury Research, packs a 32MB frame buffer, 32-bit color pipeline and 32-bit Z-buffer in one powerful processor. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation, integrated, 128-bit 3D processor. The TwiN Texel Architecture, combined with per-pixel mip-mapping precision, offers an unprecedented fill rate of over 300 million pixels-per-second. 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. It also 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 ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95 and Windows NT. Delivering the industry's fastest Direct3D 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.
NVIDIA Family Processors
The RIVA family of 3D/2D graphics processors, the RIVA TNT2™, RIVA TNT™, RIVA 128ZXTM and the RIVA 128™ is the first family of high performance graphics 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 intensive 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 graphics processors are optimized for both Direct3D™ and OpenGL APIs.

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) designs, markets and sells a complete family of award-winning 3D graphics 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
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. Investors are advised to read the Company's annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of such risks and uncertainties.
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