NVIDIA

NVIDIA Grows System Builder Market Share by 140%

System Builder Summit Award Highlights Technology Leadership

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA - September 30, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced today that the company's market share in the system builder desktop PC market grew by over 140% for the first half of 1999. According to the market tracking report by industry research group Visionquest, NVIDIA's first-half growth was the largest of any company represented in the survey. NVIDIA's momentum in the system builder channel is being fueled by the combination of a dedicated program launched earlier this year, a "universal" driver offering compatibility for all NVIDIA processors and the PC industry's only "top-to-bottom" graphics processor family. With the recent addition of the GeForce 256™, the world's first GPU, and the ALi Aladdin TNT2 integrated graphics chipset, NVIDIA's product portfolio provides the best price/performance/quality combination for everything from the sub-$1000 PC to the extreme enthusiast PC.

In recognition of the Company's technology leadership, NVIDIA was also honored with a Peak Performer Award for Best Hardware Product for their GeForce 256 graphics processing unit (GPU) and RIVA TNT2 3D processors at the System Builder Summit/Fall '99, recently held in Boca Raton, Florida. The award recognizes excellence and outstanding achievements specific to the system builder channel.

"Our growth, as well as the recognition by the system builder community at the System Builder Summit, speaks to our product strength and our commitment to the system builder channel," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of sales at NVIDIA. "With the introduction of both the GeForce 256 GPU and the Aladdin TNT2 integrated graphics chipset, we have the most comprehensive set of industry-leading graphics solutions to offer the system builder and system integrator markets."

NVIDIA continued to expand its presence in the system builder channel with the addition of 19 new system builder partners. New system builders now offering solutions based on NVIDIA's family of 3D graphics processors include:

-Agama Systems
-ABS Computer Systems
-Alienware Corp.
-AST Computer
-Axis Systems
-BolData
-Cumetrix
-ECS USA
-Edge Corporation
-Micro Center / Powerspec
-MicroPro
-Microstandard
-Polywell Computers
-Premio
-Solo Direct, Inc.
-Sys Technology, Inc
-Systemax
-Wintec Industries
-ZT Group
 
"Systemax is excited about utilizing NVIDIA's industry-leading 3D graphics technology in our line of desktop PCs," said Jeff Jones, video product manager at Systemax. "NVIDIA's broad portfolio of solutions allows us to offer a complete line of PCs with unprecedented graphics power, making the Systemax solutions the obvious choice for all users." 
 
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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Certain statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third party manufacturers, general industry trends, including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products and the Company's dependence on third party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
 
Notes to Editors: The recommended way of writing GeForce 256 is with an uppercase G and F, all other letters lowercase with a space between GeForce and 256. The recommended way of writing Vanta is in title case. Please note that the recommended way of writing NVIDIA, RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX, RIVA TNT and RIVA TNT2 is all CAPITALS. 
 
NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, RIVA TNT, RIVA TNT2, NVIDIA Vanta and GeForce are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. RIVA, RIVA 128 and RIVA 128ZX are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation and STMicroelectronics. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.