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NVIDIA Expands Penetration Into Professional Workstation Market


Award-Winning RIVA TNT2 Now Featured In Compaq Workstations
For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 8, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that Compaq Computer Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of PC workstations, offers the award-winning RIVA TNT2™ graphics processor in its line of industry-leading workstation products. The RIVA TNT2, which is made available via the ELSA Synergy II professional 3D graphics solution, is available in Compaq's Professional Workstation AP 200, AP400, AP500, AP550, SP 700, and SP750 products. The Compaq Professional Workstations featuring the RIVA TNT2 offers end users robust 3D performance for such diverse operations as CAD/CAM, mechanical design and modeling, animation and land or asset management applications.

"Our continued expansion into the workstation market is a key element of our top-to-bottom strategy, " said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "By leveraging our robust RIVA TNT2 architecture, these Compaq workstations deliver the horsepower required by today's workstation users while providing a price point significantly lower than competitive solutions."

"The addition of the RIVA TNT2-based graphics solutions to our professional workstations allows Compaq to offer industry-leading solutions with superior graphics capabilities at an affordable price," said Jeff Wood, manager, graphics and options of Compaq's Workstation division. "These new solutions will put all of the power normally associated with high-end workstations into the hands of any 3D professional – regardless of budget."

RIVA TNT2 Offers Industry-Leading Workstation Performance
Targeting the desktop PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards feature: 300MHz RAMDAC, 32MB of RAM, and 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. Supported applications include: AutoCAD 2000/R14, Pro/ENGINEER, I-DEAS MS, ALLPLAN FT, MicroStation, SolidWorks, CA Unicenter TNG, EDS Unigraphics, LightWave 3D, 3D Studio MAX/VIZ and WorldToolKit, and all applications based on Open Inventor.
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

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