NVIDIA and ASUSTeK Announce Strategic Alliance
NVIDIA's Award-Winning 3D Graphics Processors To Now Be Featured In ASUSTeK Graphic Solutions
COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, TAIWAN – JUNE 1, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and ASUSTek Computer Inc. announced today a strategic alliance that will provide cutting-edge graphics capabilities for PC users worldwide. With this alliance, ASUSTeK will launch a series of graphics accelerators worldwide based on NVIDIA's industry leading portfolio of 3D graphics processors. The first products resulting from this relationship will be ASUSTeK's AGP-V3800 series of 3D graphics accelerators that are based on the RIVA TNT2™, the world's fastest 3D processor (Mercury Research).
"With ASUSTeK offering an entire range of solutions based on NVIDIA's family of 3D processors, they can offer their customers a complete suite of products from entry level, cost-effective solutions to the highest-performing processor in the industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "ASUSTeK's quality design and robust implementation combined with NVIDIA's industry-leading 3D processors, will deliver a new paradigm for high-performance 3D graphics capabilities."
"We are very proud and honored to have such good partnership with NVIDIA. Powered by NVIDIA'S RIVA family of high-performance 3D/2D processors, ASUSTeK is creating a series of awarding-winning video solutions for the mainstream PC market," said Jonathan Tsang, vice president of ASUSTeK Computer Inc. "By leveraging NVIDIA's graphics technology, ASUS' multimedia products are able to deliver unmatched 3D quality and performance, outstanding 2D, and explosive VGA and video acceleration."
AGP-V3800 Combines Real Time 30 Frames/Sec Video Capture with User Interface
The AGP-V3800 series of graphics accelerators, featuring 32 MB of memory and clock speeds up to 183 MHz, are designed with high-quality compression technology and powerful Live3800 video capture software. ASUSTeK's innovative design enables true 30-frames/sec motion video capture with 704x480 (NTSC) resolution while also supporting a high-resolution, still image capture. Previously, these applications could only be offered as expensive upgrades on high-end platforms, but with ASUSTeK's innovative design, they are now available as standard features on the AGP-V3800 products for end-users utilizing Intel® Pentium® II 300 systems or greater. The V3800 Deluxe platform also features TV-out, Video-in and D3D VR stereoscope.
The AGP-V3800 products also offer an intelligent and user-friendly driver installation and user interface which features multiple functions, including independent setting of display functions (including color-gamma, refresh-rate, output) for 3D games, desktop, and video, quick hot key for setting, quick short-cut, and complete setting for TV-out.
ASUSTeK's ASUS AGP-V3800 series of products are currently available. ASUSTeK will also launch a new 64-bit variant, the AGP-V3800 Magic, in the 3rd week of June. Powered by a 64-bit version of the RIVA TNT2, the AGP-V3800 Magic provides a value solution for system integrators who need high performance graphics combined with affordable cost.
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.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. was founded in 1990 and markets and sells motherboards, notebooks, graphics cards and CD-ROMs of highest quality and reliability. Corporate headquarters are located in Taiwan: 150 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C. For more information visit the Company's web site at http://www.asus.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.
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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