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NVIDIA Launches High I.Q. Program

Graphics Company Showcases Hottest New Software Titles for Award Winning RIVA TNT Processor 

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 2, 1998 - NVIDIA(TM) Corporation announced today its High I.Q. program to identify, market and sell leading-edge software titles that take advantage of the advanced 3D capabilities of the RIVA TNT(TM). The new program, which is co-sponsored by PC Gamer, STB Systems and Diamond Multimedia, is the result of the "Raise Your I.Q." developer program launched in the first half of the year to assist developers with improving the image quality of their latest software titles. The High I.Q. titles are identified and sold via the NVIDIA software store found on NVIDIA's homepage (see separate release). In addition to providing users with access to the hottest titles, the High I.Q. program rewards and promotes software developers that provide the best examples of the improved image quality now possible with today's RIVA TNT-based platforms.

"The High I.Q. program is a culmination of the efforts from leading software developers to utilize 3D processing to create a stunning visual experience for PC consumers," said Mike Hara, director of strategic marketing at NVIDIA. "The new program is a vehicle for NVIDIA to recognize the developers that have continued to embrace leading-edge technology, such as the new RIVA TNT, and to provide our end-users with access to these titles and our hardware."

Each quarter, a new list of the hottest High I.Q. titles will be identified by NVIDIA. All of these titles will use standard API's and will take advantage of NVIDIA's key product features, such as support for AGP Texturing, 32-bit color mode and the ability to achieve screen resolutions up to 1600x1200. This program is designed to recognize the efforts of the industries best 3D software companies and will promote their products to the end-users.

Shogo from Monolith was chosen as the premiere High I.Q. feature title for the winter 1998-1999. Other titles featured on the Winter 98/99 High I.Q. list, includes: Sin from Ritual and Activision; Motorhead from Digital Illusions and Gremlin Interactive; Motorcross Madness from Rainbow Studios and Microsoft; Half Life from Valve and Sierra; Myth 2 from Bungie; and Fremont from Portola. The High I.Q. list and demos will be distributed to end-users through pack-ins when a participating RIVA TNT-based add-in board is purchased. Software titles can be purchased and value added information on the High I.Q. program and the titles on it can all be found at www.nvidia.com/highiq, a Chumbo.com hosted site.

NVIDIA RIVA Family
NVIDIA's RIVA family of 3D processors, the RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX and the RIVA TNT are 128-bit 3D processors which deliver a new level of performance to the mainstream PC market. By leveraging NVIDIA's graphics technology and massive gate counts, the RIVA processor family is designed to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration all in single chip iterations. The RIVA processors are optimized for both Direct3D and OpenGL.

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation, rated the most influential 3D processor company by PC Magazine, designs, develops, markets and sells high-performance 3D processors for personal computers. New corporate headquarters are in California: NVIDIA Corporation, 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, CA 95051. (408) 615-2500. http://www.nvidia.com.
     
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