New Aladdin TNT2 Integrated Graphics Chipset Combines Fourth-Generation Graphics and Leading-Edge Core Logic
For Immediate Release
SEPTEMBER 8, 1999, Boca Raton, FL – System Builder Summit – NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) announced today the Aladdin TNT2 integrated graphics chipset for the sub-$1000 PC market. The Aladdin TNT2 merges ALi's proven Slot 1/Socket 370 Northbridge design and NVIDIA's award-winning RIVA TNT2TM 3D graphics core into a single integrated chip. The Aladdin TNT2 is the first integrated graphics chipset to deliver stunning graphics quality and performance to the value-conscious user.
"The sub-$1000 PC has created a whole new segment of PC users," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "These users spend the majority of their time surfing the web and playing games. Until now, their interactive experience has been hampered by inferior graphics. The Aladdin TNT2 delivers the rich multimedia experience these users deserve."
"Graphics integrated into the Northbridge has already become an accepted technology, however, until now PC manufacturers have had to compromise the graphics performance in order to take advantage of the cost benefits of integrated graphics," said Dr. Chin Wu, president of ALi. "The Aladdin TNT2 raises the graphics price/performance bar for the low-cost PC market."
"NVIDIA and ALi are the first companies to offer an integrated solution based on fourth-generation graphics technology," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA), the leading market research firm tracking digital media. "This is an emerging new market and our research indicates there will be over 30 million such integrated units shipped in the year 2000. The Aladdin TNT2 will undoubtedly change the perception of what graphics should be on low-cost PCs."
Optimized Performance and Graphics
The Aladdin TNT2 supports Pentium II, Pentium III and Celeron TM microprocessors and has been optimized for a wide range of memory configurations to provide maximum performance and design flexibility. Supporting up to 1.5GB of EDO, SDRAM, or VC-SDRAM memory, the Aladdin TNT2's graphics engine is derived from NVIDIA's award-winning RIVA TNT2 graphics processor. It maintains the stunning quality that TNT2 delivers, including 32-bit rendering, 32-bit Z/stencil buffer and up to 32MB of frame buffer. The integrated RIVA TNT2 core delivers industry-leading 2D and 3D performance that has been fully optimized for Microsoft DX6 TM support, as well as delivers significant advances in Direct 3D TM and Open GL acceleration.
Best-Of-Class Features and Performance
The Aladdin TNT2 comes with a comprehensive list of advanced features and architectural enhancements:
-Support for up to 1.5GB of SDRAM, VC-SDRAM or EDO memory
-Enhanced high-bandwidth, internal de-multiplexed AGP bus
-Intelligent Arbiter, low-overhead context switching design for optimal SMA performance
-128-bit TwiN Texel graphics pipeline – two texture-mapped, lit pixels per clock
-32-bit color, 32-bit Z/stencil buffer with single-pass multitexturing
-Video in, TV out and TMDS or Digital Flat Panel support up to 1280 x 1024 resolution
-Fully compatible with all WHQL-certified DVD decoder software for RIVA TNT2
-Coupled with ALi's M1535D Southbridge, features integrated super I/O controller, integrated audio, software modem interface, four USB ports and UDMA-66 support.
Wide Industry Support
Several tier-one motherboard manufacturers have endorsed the Aladdin TNT2 because it enables product differentiation with highly leveraged brand equity. Gigabyte Technology, ASUSTeK, C.P. Technology, Acer and ABIT Computer are among the companies who will be announcing motherboards featuring the Aladdin TNT2.
Price and Availability
The Aladdin TNT2 is sampling now and will be available in Q4, 1999. In 10K quantities the Aladdin TNT2 Northbridge with the M1535D Southbridge is priced at US$33.
ALi (Acer Laboratories Inc.), founded in 1987, is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with its North American/European operations out of its office in San Jose, California. Since its establishment, ALi has provided highly integrated, cost-effective and innovative IC products to support personal computer system and subsystem manufacturers. ALi is not only one of the world's oldest and largest system core logic manufacturers but is also a world-class provider of other PC peripheral products, such as graphics and multimedia chips, Super I/O controllers and CD-ROM controllers. ALi is capable of developing a wide range of products to support a variety of CPUs, including the X86 families up through 64-bit CPUs, such as the Pentium Pro, Pentium, M1, M2, K5, K6, as well as the industry standard buses. The company employs 400 people and expects revenues of $130 million in 1999.
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 http://www.nvidia.com.
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