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NVIDIA Corporation Expands OEM Business in Japan


Diamond's Viper V330 with RIVA 128 processor chosen for NEC's MateServer NX Servers

For Immediate Release

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 10, 1998 - NVIDIA™ Corporation announced today that NEC Corporation has chosen the AGP-based Diamond Multimedia Viper V330 accelerator, featuring the award-winning RIVA 128™ 3D processor, for use in its MateServer NX servers. This partnership expands NVIDIA's OEM business into the Japanese market, which is where the servers will be sold.

"NVIDIA is extremely pleased that NEC has chosen to feature the RIVA 128-based Viper V330 in its new MateServer NX servers," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "RIVA 128's performance combined with Diamond's excellence in hardware and software engineering provides solutions with advanced features, performance and outstanding quality to NEC's customers."

"We are committed to providing our OEM partners outstanding price/performance 3D graphics solutions," said Scott Holt, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Diamond Multimedia. "Our strategic partnership with NEC Corporation is strengthened by the addition of the RIVA 128-based Viper V330 accelerator to their leading commercial systems."

The RIVA 128
The RIVA 128 3D processor is the first in a family of highly integrated graphics products that is targeted at the performance segment of the volume PC graphics market. By leveraging NVIDIA's graphics technology and the massive gate counts available with SGS-THOMSON's advanced 0.35 micron 5LM technology, RIVA 128 is able to deliver high resolution, high frame rate 3D, along with leadership 2D, VGA and video acceleration in a single chip.

Diamond Multimedia's Viper V330
Diamond Multimedia's Viper V330 media accelerator is a "true" 128-bit solution for accelerating 2D/3D graphics and MPEG-1 digital video playback. With 4MB of SGRAM, Diamond's Viper is capable of displaying resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 and color depths up to 32-bit true-color. A 230MHz RAMDAC provides flicker-free refresh rates of up to 120Hz. The new Viper features optimized drivers for running in Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 environments with support planned for Windows 98. This new accelerator is a high-quality 3D performer with a rich 3D feature set optimized for software titles developed using the Direct3D application programming interface (API). The Viper is also TV tuner and DVD (PCI) upgradeable.

Diamond Multimedia
Diamond Multimedia is driving the interactive multimedia market by providing advanced solutions for home, business and professional desktop computer users, enabling them to create, access and experience compelling new media content from their desktops and through the Internet. Diamond accelerates multimedia from the Internet to the hard drive with products that include the Stealth and ViperR series of media accelerators, the Monster series of entertainment 3D and sound accelerators, the Fire series of professional 3D and SCSI accelerators, and the SupraR series of modems. Diamond also markets DVD and video phone kits. Diamond's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol DIMD, and its web site address is

NVIDIA Company Information
NVIDIA Corporation designs, develops, markets and sells high-performance 3D processors for personal computers. NVIDIA has been recognized as one of the hottest semiconductor companies in Upside Magazine's December 1997 article titled "Mr. Hot Chips '97" and was honored as The Most Respected Private Fabless Company by the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) in November 1997. NVIDIA is a privately held company with venture financing. Corporate headquarters are in California: NVIDIA Corporation, 1226 Tiros Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. (408) 617-4000.

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