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NVIDIA and SGI Set Direction of Strategic Alliance


NVIDIA Becomes Preferred Supplier of Graphics Technology for SGI Products; Alliance Assures SGI's Continued Leadership in Graphics Solutions
SANTA CLARA, CA – August 10, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and SGI (NYSE: SGI) today provided further details regarding the strategic alliance between the two companies recently announced on July 20, 1999. As a major initiative to bring a dramatic price/performance discontinuity to the visualization market and accelerate product time-to-market, SGI will incorporate NVIDIA's graphics technology into new desktop graphics systems. As part of the initiative, SGI will transfer a world-class team of 3D graphics engineers to NVIDIA to work on its next generation technology.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for NVIDIA and SGI," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "We are very pleased to have SGI recognize the talent of our people and our technology leadership. This partnership gives NVIDIA a surge of intellectual capital through the addition of a world-class team of 3D technologists and SGI's rich patent portfolio."

"Our alliance with NVIDIA positions SGI for continued leadership in graphics solution performance," said Rick Belluzzo, chairman and CEO of SGI. "NVIDIA's high performance graphics processors will be important building blocks, which we will combine with our own system architecture and API leadership. This is the model we are deploying everywhere at SGI: leveraging the economies of volume leaders while still preserving our unique added value and differentiation."

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 NVIDIA'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.

Factors that may affect SGI's actual results include the risks, uncertainties and other factors set forth in SGI's filings with the SEC (, particularly those described under the caption "Risks That Affect Our Business", and the following factors: SGI's ability to manage its collaborative relationship with NVIDIA to ensure the timely development, production and release of high-performance graphics products; the impact of competitive markets, products and pricing; the ability to retain key engineering talent in a highly competitive market; and future levels of market acceptance and customer demand for UNIX computing systems.
NVIDIA Corporation, the world's leading supplier of performance 3D graphics processors, is the only independent top-to-bottom supplier of 3D graphics solutions for mainstream PCs. NVIDIA designs, markets and sells an award-winning family of 3D processors, delivering industry leading performance and visual quality for a broad range of PC-based applications, including enterprise visualization, e-commerce, e-business, education and entertainment. Used by the top PC OEMs in the world, NVIDIA's products are distributed through a worldwide channel that includes PC OEM, add-in card and motherboard partners in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information visit the Company's web site at

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