New RIVA TNT2 Delivers Industry Leading Performance and Visual Quality in Personal Computer Systems
SANTA CLARA, CA – MAY 18, 1999 – NVIDIATM Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that its award-winning RIVA TNT2TM graphics processor has been selected by GatewayTM (NYSE: GTW), a leading provider of personalized technology solutions, to be featured in their Gateway Performance line of PCs. Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq:CREAF) will produce the graphics accelerators that incorporate the world's fastest graphics processor1, the RIVA TNT2, through their 3D Blaster TNT2 32MB graphics accelerator.
"Choosing the RIVA TNT2 exemplifies Gateway's commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology to the PC market," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and president at NVIDIA. "We believe the RIVA TNT2 has clearly positioned itself as the best 3D processor in the PC industry, and will most certainly give Gateway a winning edge in a highly competitive market."
"We're excited to be able to incorporate this new graphics processor into our consumer desktop products," said Bob Burnett, vice president of Product Management and Planning, Gateway. "The Gateway Performance line was created for clients who want to harness the latest in technology. The RIVA TNT2 graphics accelerator is a powerful enhancement to our product lineup."
The Gateway Performance line incorporates massive storage, robust expansion capabilities, and blazing speed coupled with the latest hardware components and top-notch multimedia features. The Gateway Performance 550 includes an Intel® Pentium® III 550MHz processor, 128MB SDRAM, 13.5GB 7200rpm hard drive with Ultra ATA-66 controller, NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 AGP graphics and VX900 19" monitor (18" viewable area), DVD-ROM drive, U.S. Robotics® 56Kbps voice WinmodemTM, Sound BlasterTM AudioPCITM 64D Digital Sound Card and Boston Acoustics® BA735 speakers, Microsoft® Windows® 98, and Microsoft® Works Suite 99 all for $2,499.
Gateway (NYSE: GTW - news), a Fortune 250 company founded in 1985, focuses on building lifelong relationships with consumers and businesses through complete technology personalization. Gateway ranked number one in U.S. consumer desktop PC sales in the fourth quarter of 19981. Our 19,000 employees worldwide serve clients with services and built-to-order computers that consistently win top awards from leading industry publications. Gateway had total global revenue of $7.5 billion in 1998 and shipped 3.54 million systems. For more information, visit our Web site at www.gateway.com.
About the RIVA TNT2
Targeting the mainstream performance PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards feature a 300MHz RAMDAC and 32MB of RAM and support resolutions beyond HDTV and as high as 2048x1536x16bpp 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 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. The RIVA TNT2 meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC98, PC99 and all DirectXTM 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 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. 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.
(1)According to Gartner Group/Dataquest US PC Quarterly statistics.
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