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NVIDIA Graphics Processors Now Shipping in 100% of Compaq Prosignia PCs


NVIDIA's Vanta Graphics Processor Standard Across Compaq Prosignia Family of PCs

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA - November 23, 1999 - NVIDIA™ Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced today that the NVIDIA Vanta™ graphics processor has been selected as the standard graphics solution for Compaq Computer Corporation's complete line of Prosignia® desktop PCs. In addition, NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2™ and RIVA TNT2 Ultra have also been selected as the only upgrade options to the standard NVIDIA Vanta offering. Compaq's Prosignia family of products are specifically designed to give small- and medium-sized business better choices for integrated technology solutions. The NVIDIA Vanta, RIVA TNT2 and RIVA TNT2 Ultra allow Compaq to deliver unmatched graphics performance, compatibility and quality at every price point, from the sub-$1000 Prosignia 320 to the top-of-the line Prosignia 330.

Based on the award-winning RIVA TNT2 architecture, the NVIDIA Vanta graphics processor is a low-cost graphics processor for entry-level add-in-card and motherboard solutions. NVIDIA is the first and only company to simultaneously offer products suited for the low-cost PC to the workstation PC. In addition, the NVIDIA family of graphics processors works with a single software driver, minimizing PC OEMs' design and test cycles and reducing time-to-market.

"Compaq Prosignia customers now have access to the PC industry's best graphics performance and quality at any price point and any configuration," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of sales at NVIDIA. "We are very pleased to be working with Compaq to deliver leading-edge solutions for the fast growing small and medium business desktop market."

RIVA TNT2 Offers Industry-Leading Performance
Targeting the performance PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards feature: 300MHz RAMDAC, 32MB of RAM, 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 TNT2 provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 95, 98 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

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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