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NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2 Delivers High-Performance 3D Horsepower to Dell Systems

 
 

Diamond Viper V770D Based RIVA TNT2 Accelerator Chosen for Dell Dimension and Precision Line of PCs
    
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- May 25, 1999 -- NVIDIATM Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA - news) announced today that Dell® Computer Corporation (NASDAQ:DELL - news) has chosen the RIVA TNT2TM-based Diamond Viper V770D AGP video card as an option for their new Dimension® XPS T550 desktops and their Precision(TM) WorkStations.

The Viper 770D is provided by Diamond Multimedia Systems (NASDAQ:DIMD - news) and is an OEM version of the Diamond Viper 770. In addition, Dell is offering the highly acclaimed RIVA TNT graphics processor, also made available by Diamond Multimedia through the 16 MB Diamond Viper TNT 3D AGP graphics card.

``Being fast has helped NVIDIA gain market share,'' said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA), the leading market research firm tracking digital media. ``By our figures, NVIDIA took first place in the Performance sector of 3D controllers in 1998 with 44% market share. NVIDIA has delivered top performing products the past two years, and their top tier design wins solidify their position as one of the dominate players in the graphics market.''

The Dell Dimension XPS T series is designed for home and small business customers. Dell Precision Workstations are designed for professional users who demand exceptional performance in the computer-aided design (CAD), geographic information systems (GIS), digital content creation (DCC), computer animation, software development and financial analysis markets. Dell Precision WorkStations are designed to support Windows® 2000.

``Customers like Dell want the very best in graphics performance and quality,'' said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. ``We are pleased to once again be a key component in Dell's flagship product lines. Through continued teamwork we intend to provide a stunning visual experience to Dell's users.''

The RIVA TNT2, the world's fastest graphics processor as measured 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(TM) 6.0 initiatives. In addition to DirectX support, the RIVA TNT2 provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. The industry's fastest Direct3D acceleration, leadership VGA, Directdraw and Video performance allows the RIVA TNT2 to power full screen DVD playback as well as a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games. 
         
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.

About NVIDIA
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.
     
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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