NVIDIA and ALi Announce Product Collaboration
Partnership to Deliver Integrated Graphics Core Logic Solutions
SAN JOSE, CA – AUGUST 18, 1999 – In a move to drive high-quality, performance 3D graphics into the mass market, NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi), today announced a strategic product collaboration on integrated graphics core logic solutions. The resulting products will leverage NVIDIA's industry-leading 3D graphics technology with ALi's proven core logic to provide a superior integrated graphics solution for the mainstream and value PC markets.
"The marriage of NVIDIA's industry-leading 3D graphics technology with ALi's core logic will provide end users with the best possible graphics at the lowest possible cost," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "ALi is a driving force in the low cost PC marketplace and the resulting collaboration between our companies will allow NVIDIA to deliver the best graphics to every PC."
"Graphics integrated with the northbridge is gaining momentum as an accepted technology, however PC manufacturers have had to compromise graphics performance in order to take advantage of the cost benefits of integrated graphics," explained Dr. Chin Wu, president of ALi." This graphics performance compromise will no longer be necessary. By combining ALi's strength in core logic with NVIDIA's graphics leadership, this product collaboration will be able to provide an industry leading integrated solution."
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), 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 http://www.nvidia.com.
ALi (Acer Laboratories Inc.), founded in 1987, is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan with subsidiaries and supporting centers around the world. Since its establishment, ALi has provided highly integrated, cost-effective and innovative IC products to support personal computer system and subsystem manufacturers. ALi is one of the world's oldest and largest system core logic manufacturers providing a wide range of products to support a variety of CPUs, including the X86 families up through 64-bit CPUs. In recent years, the company has dedicated to expanding the peripheral and multimedia product lines and continuously introduced world-class products, such as graphics chips, fax/modem chips, Super I/O controllers, scanner controllers, MEPG I/II decoders, CD-ROM controllers as well as the recently announced DVD total solution for DVD-ROM and DVD Player. In addition to maintaining its leading position in the PC chipset arena, ALI is aggressively integrating its core technologies in personal computers, multimedia, and consumer electronics to be well-positioned as one of the major critical components providers in the coming information appliance age. The company employees 450 people with sales revenue of $115M USD in 1998 and forecasted revenue of $130M USD for 1999.
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