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NVIDIA Chosen as the Standard Graphics Processor for Entire Packard Bell Platinum Line


For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that Packard-Bell has chosen NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2™ Pro 3D graphics processor as the standard graphics solution of their Platinum line of desktop. The new RIVA TNT2 Pro-based, Platinum PC range extends the appeal of Packard Bell's high-end home computing range.

"The RIVA TNT2 Pro provides end-users with a visual experience that is a quantum leap forward," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA. "Packard-Bell is a proven leader in providing multimedia solutions for the home user throughout Europe. Utilizing the RIVA TNT2 Pro truly exemplifies its leadership position."

Packard Bell customers purchasing the new Pentium® III machines will benefit from high quality graphics, crisp video,state-of-the-art 3D, vivid sound and better voice recognition. The key benefit of this latest processor technology is its enhancement of the total Internet experience, as more and more PC users are now using the web to shop, communicate and learn. The Pentium III processor's new design boosts download performance and lets users, for example, enjoy interactive shopping in virtual stores.

The Packard Bell Platinum line of desktop PC's, with Intel's® Pentium III, will provide advanced PC users with the power they need to work on demanding applications like video editing and imaging. In addition to the added processing power, the Platinum range will utilize the latest in graphics and sound technologies, including NVIDIA's RIVA TNT2 Pro graphics processor.

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 286 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 and 7.0 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
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