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NVIDIA Ranked the Most Influential PC Graphics Company by PC Magazine


Product and Technology Leadership Drives Highest Ranking for Second Consecutive Year

For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 11, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today they have earned the highest ranking among PC graphics processor companies in PC Magazine's "The PC Magazine 100 Most Influential Companies" cover story in Issue 18, dated October 19, 1999. In addition to ranking the highest of all graphics processor companies, NVIDIA ranked eighth of all semiconductor companies.

In this special report, PC Magazine selected the 100 most influential companies it believes are shaping the personal computer industry. Three dozen senior editorial staffers and contributing editors at PC Magazine chose the companies based on quantitative criteria including annual revenues, key product lines, market share and industry leadership.

PC Magazine hardware technical director Nick Stam wrote, "Remaining one of the hottest growth areas, 3-D graphics chips will see a doubling of performance about every six months. We expect all major players to move geometry processing on-board within the next six months; 64MB or even 128MB local frame buffer memory won't be uncommon by mid-2000." NVIDIA is the first graphics processor company to deliver single-chip geometry processing with the GeForce 256 GPU and the only one to deliver a product family that provides the best quality and performance for the sub-$1000 PC to the enthusiast PC.

"Being recognized by PC Magazine underscores our focus and commitment to be the most important graphics company in the world," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Graphics is the enabling technology that's changing everything from how we do business on the internet to playing games on the PC. We are very proud of our achievement."
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

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.