NVIDIA First GPU Available Through Micron Desktop Computer Systems
Offers Award Winning GeForce 256 Graphics Processing Unit Featured in New Millennia MAX 600B and 533B
For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that the highly anticipated GeForce 256 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is available as the standard graphics solution for Micron PC's (Nasdaq: MUEI) new Millennia Max® 600B and 533B line of desktop computer systems. With this introduction, Micron is delivering the industry's first GPU-based graphics systems to use 133 megahertz (MHz) memory and the first with powerful AGP 4X graphics. The 32MB GeForce 256 board will be made available through Creative Labs.
"NVIDIA has proven once again that they can redefine the quality, speed and performance of PC graphics with the outstanding technology of their GeForce GPU," said Jeff Moeser, Micron's vice president of desktop and server product development for Micron. "By standardizing on NVIDIA's new GPU in our Millennia Max desktop computer systems, we are able to offer the industry's first GeForce-based PC."
By deliver an order-of-magnitude increase in geometry processing power, dynamic lighting and real-time environment reflection capabilities, new Micron Millennia MAX systems including the new GeForce 256 GPU will enable a whole new level of interactive content not previously possible. End-users will have the ability to experience a new 3D medium featuring rich, dynamic and lifelike worlds and characters, as well as the ability to synthesize amazingly realistic environments with objects that behave according to complex physics and intelligent characters with lifelike personality.
"By being the first to offer the industry's first GPU, the GeForce 256, exemplifies Micron's commitment to providing the industry's best price/performance and value," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and president at NVIDIA. "The GeForce 256 has clearly positioned itself as the most innovative 3D solution in the PC industry, and will most certainly give Micron a winning edge in a highly competitive market."
About the GeForce 256 GPU
The GeForce 256 GPU is an immensely complex device with nearly 23 million transistors, more than twice the complexity of the Pentium III microprocessor. And with 50 Gigaflops of floating-point calculation capability dedicated to 3D, equivalent to the performance of a maximum configuration 256-processor Cray T3D, NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU delivers an unprecedented 15 million sustained polygons per second and 480 million pixels per second. GeForce 256 supports up to 128MB of frame buffer memory, AGP 4X with Fast Writes – a unique feature in GeForce 256 – and a 350MHz RAMDAC to drive the most extreme resolutions and color depths, up to 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz. In addition to DirectX support, the GeForce 256 GPU provides full support for an OpenGL® Installable Client Driver (ICD) for Windows® 2000 and Windows NT®.
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