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NVIDIA and LeadTek Research Inc. Announce Strategic Alliance


RIVA TNT2 and Vanta to Highlight Suite of Graphics Accelerators Designed and Distributed Worldwide by Leadtek 
COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JUNE 1, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Leadtek Research Inc. announced today a strategic alliance aimed at providing enhanced graphics capabilities for PC users worldwide. This alliance gives Leadtek the opportunity to design and distribute high-performance graphics accelerators based on NVIDIA's industry leading portfolio of 3D graphics processors, including the RIVA TNT2™, the worlds fastest 3D processor (Mercury Research). The products resulting from this alliance range from high-end solutions for gamers looking for the highest performing products to fuel their gaming experience to entry-level offerings for budget conscious users whose buying decision is often based upon cost.

"Leadtek is considered to be one of the world's leading providers of desktop 3D solutions," said K.S. Yeo, director of Asia Pacific operations at NVIDIA. "We look forward to helping them leverage the high-performance capabilities of the NVIDIA family of 3D processors for a wide range of hardware and software platforms. With Leadtek's vast global distribution channel, the ultimate 3D experience can now be available to all users, for all market needs and applications – regardless of geography."

"We're truly excited about this alliance," said K.S. Lu, president and CEO of Leadtek Research Incorporated. "As one of the first tier AGP graphics card companies to launch NVIDIA internationally this alliance takes our two companies to yet another milestone down one of the most rapidly evolving sectors of the IT industry."

Hardware, Software Optimized for Enhanced Graphics Capabilities
Through this alliance, Leadtek will launch a series of products worldwide based on NVIDIA's portfolio of 3D processors. The WinFast 3D S320II Ultra and WinFast 3D 320II are based upon NVIDIA's high-performance TNT2 3D processor and offers speeds of up to 185 MHz, offering users an unrivaled high-end graphics experience that meets the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC99 and DX6 initiatives. The new WinFast 320V is a second generation128-bit accelerator based on NVIDIA's VANTA processor and is targeted for end-users looking for a stunning visual experience while maintaining budgetary discretion. Leadtek is also launching the new WinFast 3D S325 based on a 64-bit version of the RIVA TNT2.

In addition to the broad hardware implementations, Leadtek has also optimized software drivers of the complete portfolio of new graphics accelerators to provide full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95/98/NT. Delivering the industry's fastest Direct3D acceleration, leadership in VGA, DirectDraw and video performance, the new Leadtek accelerators power a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games and full screen DVD playback, demanding CAD/CAM/3D authoring, as well as many different types of business applications.
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

About Leadtek Research Inc.
Founded in 1986, Leadtek Research, Inc. is a research and development company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide range of high performance graphics and video solutions. Leadtek has always been focused on intensive R&D, and the ISO9001 manufacturing facility has been recognized as an industry quality leader. Leadtek's R&D efforts are focused on user satisfaction, while always keeping customer profitability in mind. With five project centers worldwide, including the United States, Europe and Asia, Leadtek is committed to a win-win strategy of identifying and meeting the needs of its users, thereby sharing a mutual success with its customers.
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.
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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