NVIDIA Surpasses 10 Million Unit Milestone
RIVA TNT2 Sets New Mark for Production Ramp
SANTA CLARA, CA – MAY 27, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that it has shipped over 10 million mainstream 3D graphics processors into the PC market. NVIDIA's award-winning graphics products are used by the PC industry's leading computer manufacturers, including: Compaq, CompUSA, Dell Computer, Fujitsu, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Micron, NEC Corporation and NEC CSD. In addition to the world's leading PC OEMs, NVIDIA's 3D processors also drive leading graphics accelerators from add-in card manufacturers worldwide, including: A-Open, Asustek, Canopus, Creative Technology, Diamond Multimedia, ELSA, Gainward, Gigabyte, Guillemot, Hercules, Leadtek, Mirostar, Prolink and Yuan Yuan.
"Our research indicates NVIDIA's 128-bit architecture dominates the performance category with 44 percent market share," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA) the leading market research firm tracking digital media. "Our data indicates that NVIDIA has one of the highest average growth rates at 65%, and has shipped more 128-bit 3D processors than the rest of the industry combined."
"NVIDIA's first-class architectural and silicon engineering expertise has delivered the industry's most decorated families of performance-leading graphics processors to the PC market for 4 consecutive seasons," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "By executing on-time and capturing more market share quarter-to-quarter, NVIDIA is now one of the fastest growing semiconductor companies in history."
Most recently, NVIDIA surpassed the 1 million-unit mark for its highly demanded RIVA TNT2™, which started shipping in April. The scalability of the RIVA TNT2 architecture is the key element in the company's segmentation strategy. NVIDIA's single architecture allows the Company to address multiple segments, including: commercial workstation, performance, mainstream and basic. This scalability, combined with a top-to-bottom driver compatibility model, provides tremendous leverage for the OEM customer as their design resources can be used more efficiently.
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.
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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