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SANTA CLARA, CA – JUNE 11, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), one of the world's leading suppliers of high performance 3D processors for mainstream PCs, and Sony Development announced today the selection of the RIVA TNT2™ as the official 3D graphics processor for Metreon, the new Sony Entertainment Center located in San Francisco, which opens on June 16th. The award winning RIVA TNT2 graphics processor will be featured in Airtight Garage, Metreon's adventure zone, located within this first-of-its-kind entertainment complex. The 3D processor will render new universes and take the audience into the new dimensions of Quaternia, Badlands and HyperBowl—three original interactive games developed exclusively for Metreon.
"We knew that Airtight Garage would feature compelling gaming entertainment that had never been seen before; NVIDIA helps us achieve that," said Dave Spencer, Senior Vice President of Sony Development's Entertainment Technology Group. "The RIVA TNT2 graphics processor along with some of the exciting new technologies Sony has created for Airtight Garage, allows guests to play exciting new games on a distant asteroid or a strange forgotten feudal world with the absolute highest level of visual quality, and experience them as if they were actually there."
The games located in Metreon's incredible adventure zone, Airtight Garage, are inspired by the science fiction and fantasy designs of French graphic novelist Jean "Moebius" Giraud. Benefiting from the RIVA TNT2's incredible combination of performance and visual quality, which is made available via the Diamond Viper™ V770 AGP video card from Diamond Multimedia Systems (NASDAQ: DIMD), Sony's exciting new technology, created exclusively for Metreon, allows guests to discover exotic new worlds and other dimensions through the three interactive games.
"NVIDIA's and Sony's technologies are a perfect match for Airtight Garage," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "The combination produces a captivating, stunning visual experience for people of all ages. We are very excited and proud to be part of the launch of the Metreon."
Metreon will offer ever-changing entertainment experiences. These includes: the fifteen-screen, state-of-the-art Sony Theatres Metreon movie complex; San Francisco's first SONY IMAX® Theatre; three one-of-a-kind, interactive adventures based on treasured books by Maurice Sendak, David Macaulay and Jean "Moebius" Giraud, which are enabled by leading-edge technologies from Sony and others; eight exciting restaurants offering a variety of menus from ranging from family-friendly diner fare at In The Night Kitchen to multi-cultural, bistro-style dining at the five intimate restaurants in Taste of San Francisco; as well as nowhere-else shopping, including: microsoft®SF, Playstation®, Metreon Marketplace and Sony Style.
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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.
Sony Development, a division of Sony Corporation of America, designs, develops and operates urban entertainment centers and retail entertainment locations in the United States and around the world. For more information about Metreon, please call (415) 537-3400 or visit the web site at www.metreon.com.
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.
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