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NVIDIA Selected by IBM for Aptiva Line of PCs

RIVA TNT2-Based Graphics Solution from ELSA Selected for AMD Athlon-Powered Systems 

For Immediate Release
 
SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 29, 1999 – Continuing its success within the PC OEM market, NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that IBM® (NYSE: IBM) has selected the RIVA TNT2™ Ultra graphics processor for select models in its consumer line of Aptiva® PCs. Complete with the recently announced, high-speed AMD® Athlon™ processor and the unprecedented graphics performance and visual quality of ELSA ERAZOR Ultra TNT2, IBM Aptiva PC users will enjoy a robust, high-speed PC with graphic intensity that will satisfy the standards of the most demanding consumer and small business applications. These select models, the Aptiva 860 and 865, will be available through the ShopIBM web site (www.ibm.com/shop).

"IBM understands the value of great graphics technology and its affect on the day-to-day lives of their customers," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "IBM is responding to their end users' demands for the best graphics solution on the market today by featuring the RIVA TNT2 Ultra, the industry's most complete 3D graphics processor in their Aptiva line."

The RIVA TNT2 Ultra, in combination with the AMD Athlon processor, provides a hardware platform capable of delivering an unprecedented 3D graphics experience for today's high-end user. Measured to be the world's fastest graphics processor by Mercury Research and Computer Gaming World, the RIVA TNT2 Ultra delivers best-in-class 3D and 2D performance and quality – with 32-bit true color rendering and 32-bit Z/stencil-buffer.

"With graphic-intensive business applications and the popularity of all things Internet-related on the rise, superior graphics are a very important part of the PC technology mix," said Harry Nicol, general manager, IBM Consumer Systems. "We are pleased with the true-to-life intensity of ELSA's NVIDIA 3D graphics in our Aptiva systems."

RIVA TNT2 Offers Industry-Leading Performance
Targeting the performance PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards feature: a 300MHz RAMDAC, 32MB of RAM, support for resolutions beyond HDTV and as high as 2048 x 1536 x 32bpp at 60Hz. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation integrated 128-bit 3D processor. The TwiN Texel architecture, combined with per-pixel mip-mapping precision, offers an unprecedented fill rate of up to 350 million pixels-per-second – twice as many as the nearest competitor.

The RIVA TNT2 meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC 98, PC 99 and DirectX® 6.0 initiatives. In addition to DirectX support, the RIVA TNT provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95 and Windows NT®. Delivering the industry's fastest Direct3D® acceleration, leadership VGA, DirectDraw® and video performance allows the RIVA TNT2 to power a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games and full screen DVD playback.
 
About NVIDIA
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, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.nvidia.com.

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