RIVA TNT Leads Retail Sales and Wins Acclaim as Creative Labs' Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT Earns PC World "Best Buy"
SANTA CLARA, CA – MAY 25, 1999 – NVIDIATM Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that in the May 1999 edition of VisionQuest 2000's survey of top-selling 3D graphics boards, the Creative Labs Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT, based on NVIDIA's RIVA TNTT 3D processor, was reported as the highest selling product for March 1999. According to VisionQuest 2000, an industry-leading market tracking service, the RIVA TNT chipset was also the top selling graphic chipset available through retail stores, outselling its nearest competitor by almost 60%.
In addition to racking up the industry's highest number of units sold in March, the Creative Labs Graphics Blaster RIVA TNT was also chosen by PC World magazine in the June 1999 round-up of AGP graphics boards as the industry's "Best Buy." This is the first time that a NVIDIA product has received this designation from PC World and follows an April 16 announcement of six other industry publications selecting the RIVA TNT as the highest rated 3D graphics processor available. This new designation from PC World brings to a total of 104 worldwide awards that the RIVA TNT has helped NVIDIA customers win since its introduction in August 1998, making it one of the most highly decorated 3D processors ever.
"The results speak for themselves," said Michael Hara, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "The RIVA TNT possesses the features and performance that make it a dominant 3D solution for both the industry and the end-user communities."
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.
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