New NVIDIA Vanta-based ZX-21 Motherboard Solution to Offer High-Performance 3D/2D Graphics For Mainstream Market
COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JUNE 1, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and ABIT Computer Corporation announced today the ZX-21, a new integrated motherboard solution based on NVIDIA's Vanta™ 3D graphics processor. The ZX-21 has been designed specifically for value-conscious users and will give ABIT customers access to breakthrough 3D and industry-leading 2D performance with this new motherboard solution. The ZX-21is the next generation of ABIT's famous BX/ZX motherboards and includes many advanced hardware and software features.
"Vanta was designed to bring NVIDIA's well-documented performance and quality to system builders and motherboard manufactures that had previously not been available," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "When combined with ABIT's proven ability to deliver industry leading motherboard solutions, we can now make our award-winning graphics power available to markets not currently being addressed by competitive solutions."
"Vanta's advanced graphics engine combined with ABIT's industry leading motherboard design makes the ZX-21 an integrated graphics solution that is second to none," said Edwin Lin, director of research and development at ABIT Computer Corporation. "The ZX-21 will allow entry level and corporate customers access to next-generation enabling technologies that meets budgetary concerns without compromising on performance or features."
NVIDIA Vanta Makes Big Splash in Short Period
This newest addition to the NVIDIA family, the NVIDIA VANTA is a low-cost, 128-bit TwiN Texel, highly integrated 2D/3D graphics processor, designed specifically for value-conscious users. Leveraging the RIVA TNT2™ core architecture, the NVIDIA Vanta delivers breakthrough 3D and industry leading 2D graphics performance, making it the ideal solution for 1999 value desktops. In addition to its outstanding graphics capabilities, the NVIDIA Vanta provides complete support for video, software and hardware DVD playback as well as the latest system technologies such as AGP4X and flat panel displays.
The NVIDIA Vanta graphics processor is perfect for small and medium business users who require a high-performance 2D platform and for corporate users who also have data-intensive visualization demands. NVIDIA Vanta will be WHQL certified for Windows 2000, Windows NT® 4.0, Windows NT 3.5, Windows® 98 and Windows 95. The drivers for Vanta are forward and backward compatible with the Detonator Driver family. Reliability, compatibility, performance and quality at a low-cost are the reasons why NVIDIA Vanta is the product of choice for leading OEMs and system builders.
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. Further information on factors that could affect the financial results of NVIDIA is included in the Registration Statement on Form S-1, dated January 22, 1999, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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