NVIDIA's GPUs First to Provide Full Support for New Intel 820 Chipset
World's Fastest GPUs Drive Performance Needs for AGP 4X and Fast Writes
For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARA, CA. – NOVEMBER 15, 1999 – Continuing to raise the graphics performance bar, NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that the GeForce 256TM and NVIDIA QuadroTM graphics processing units (GPU) are the first 3D processors to fully support the new Intel® new 820 chipset. The combination of NVIDIA's revolutionary GPUs and Intel's 820 chipset provides end users with an ultra-high-performance platform capable of delivering next-generation PC graphics that incorporate massive geometric complexity, complex physics, artificial intelligence and lifelike character animation. The GeForce 256 and Quadro GPUs are the only graphics processors to support both AGP 4X and Fast Writes.
"Working with Intel, we have made the PC the most powerful desktop graphics computer in the world," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing of NVIDIA. "AGP 4X and Fast Writes represent a major step ahead in the industry. We look forward to continued architectural innovation as we strive to deliver real-time Toy Story-type graphics."
"Intel has worked closely with companies such as NVIDIA to bring high-performance 3D graphics capabilities to the PC platform," said Pat Gelsinger, vice president and general manager of Intel Corporation's Desktop Products Group. "Supported by the Intel 820 Chipset, AGP 4X technology with Fast Writes provides the system bandwidth to balance the performance of the fastest Intel Pentium® III processors and deliver new levels of realism to the Internet and 3D gaming experience."
The Biggest Thing to Hit 3D Graphics
The GeForce 256 and Quadro GPUs are immensely complex devices with nearly 23 million transistors each. With 50 giga-FLOPS of processing power dedicated to 3D, equivalent to the performance of a maximum-configured 256-processor Cray T3D, NVIDIA's GPUs deliver an unprecedented 15 million sustained polygons per second and 480 million pixels per second. They support up to 128MB of frame buffer memory, AGP 4X with Fast Writes – a unique feature in NVIDIA's GPU – and a 350MHz RAMDAC to drive the most extreme resolutions and color depths, up to 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz. In addition to Microsoft® DirectX® support, the GeForce 256 and Quadro GPUs provide full support for an OpenGL® Installable Client Driver (ICD) for Windows® 2000 and Windows NT®.
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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