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NVIDIA's Award Winning RIVA TNT2 Available in Compaq Line of PCs


Diamond Viper V770 Selected for Leading Compaq Prosignia 330 Desktop PC's
SANTA CLARA, CA – MAY 18, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that the RIVA TNT2™, measured to be the world's fastest graphics processor by Mercury Research, will be offered in the Prosignia 330 desktop PC from Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ). The RIVA TNT2, which is made available through the Diamond Viper™ V770 from Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: DIMD), offers the ultimate in graphics performance and visual quality to Compaq end-users.

"Adding Compaq to our growing list of OEM partners is a true testament to our dedication to deliver the best in graphics technology to end-users around the world, " said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA is excited to partner with the industry's largest PC OEM and by combining two powerful products, the Viper V770 and the Pentium® III, they are able to deliver a graphics experience for customers who want the most out of their PC."

The award-winning RIVA TNT2 3D graphics processor continues to receive positive press reviews since being introduced at the Game Developer Conference in March 1999. The RIVA TNT2 delivers a graphics accelerator that is compatible with Intel's® family of Pentium® CPU processor and AMD's® family of K6 and future CPU processors. Combining this new performance level with the superior visual fidelity from the 32-bit rendering, the special effects made possible by the 32-bit Z-buffer and a 32MB frame buffer, delivers the ultimate 3D experience to the end-users.

The RIVA TNT2-based Viper V770 graphics accelerator is available now as an upgrade option in the Compaq Prosignia 320 and 330 desktops via Compaq's DirectPlus program at 1-800-888-9909 or on the Internet at

The Viper V770 Raises the Graphics Bar
Diamond's 16MB Viper V770 is available for AGP systems and features a second-generation single-chip 128-bit 3D processor from NVIDIA which is able to process two pixels per clock cycle, thus providing true single-pass multi-texturing for exceptional 3D realism. Scaleable 2D and 3D resolutions of up to 2048x1536, refresh rates up to 200HZ and an enhanced dual 32-bit color 3D pipeline all contribute to the Viper V770's phenomenal performance and visual quality. With an integrated 300MHz RAMDAC, Diamond's new Viper V770 graphics accelerator is fully optimized for the industry's most popular gaming Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) including OpenGL ICD and Microsoft's Direct X6 and supports Microsoft Windows 95/95/NT 4.0 operating systems. The Viper V770 supports the streaming SIMD instructions in Pentium III processor-based PCs to deliver refined 3D graphics to the PC consumer.
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.
Notes to Editors: Please note that the recommended way of writing NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, RIVA TNT and RIVA TNT2 is all CAPITALS.
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