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HP's Expanded Build-to-Order Program to Feature NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2 Pro
For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARA, CA – November 3, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced today that Hewlett-Packard Company has chosen NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2™ Pro 3D graphics processor as the performance option for the build-to-order HP Pavilion multimedia PCs. This new graphics solution will allow HP to deliver award-winning graphics performance and quality across all HP Pavilion PC platforms allowing end users to achieve the ultimate experience for the Internet and entertainment applications. The RIVA TNT2 Pro can be selected by end users for all HP Pavilion PCs through electronic kiosks at Circuit City, Staples, and Best Buy or through the HP Shopping Village e-commerce site.
"The RIVA TNT2 Pro will provide HP Pavilion users with a visual experience that is a quantum leap forward," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "HP is a proven leader in providing multimedia solutions for the home user. Utilizing the RIVA TNT2 Pro truly exemplifies its leadership position."
HP's successful build-to-order program has been expanded to the HP Shopping Village and includes kiosks in Best Buy, Circuit City and Staples retail stores nationwide. Through the build-to-order process, customers can personalize their PCs through a choice of different components. They can also fit their new PC within a specific budget by viewing the prices of their customized PCs before submitting their orders.
RIVA TNT2 Pro Offers Industry-Leading Performance
Targeting the mainstream performance PC market, the RIVA TNT2 Pro takes the award-winning RIVA TNT2 core and significantly boosts the performance to deliver 284 Mpixels of processing power. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation integrated 128-bit 3D processor. The RIVA TNT2's 32MB frame buffer, 32-bit color pipeline and 32-bit Z/stencil buffer delivers unsurpassed quality and performance.
The RIVA TNT2 Pro is WHQL certified and meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC 98, PC 99 and all DirectX® 6.0 initiatives. In addition to DirectX support, the RIVA TNT2 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.
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.
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.
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