NVIDIA Unveils DVD Player/Decoder for the Ultimate PC Home Theater

Designed for NVIDIA Products, NVIDIA’s new NVDVD Multimedia Software Delivers Video and Audio Playback

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Derek Perez
NVIDIA Corporation

For Immediate Release:

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM – SAN FRANCISCO, CA  — FEBRUARY 25, 2002  — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today introduced NVDVD™, a new software-based DVD player/decoder architected specifically for NVIDIA’s family of graphics and multimedia processors.  NVIDIA NVDVD, to be demonstrated this week at the Intel® Developer Forum, is designed to power DVD playback for a new generation of NVIDIA-based mobile and desktop PCs.
“NVDVD represents yet another step into the world of consumer electronics devices,” stated Jen-sun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA.  “NVIDIA’s new NVDVD multimedia software combines the ultimate video and audio playback with advanced features and intuitive controls to enable a home theater experience on any desktop or notebook PC.”

A complete software DVD solution, developed entirely by NVIDIA, NVDVD utilizes an enhanced, state-of-the-art video decoding engine to deliver users a sharper, more true to life video image.  NVDVD’s integrated Dolby™ Digital® support delivers the benefits of Dolby Surround® technology for users with multi-channel sound cards.  For consumers who want to utilize external audio processors such as a home theater receiver, NVDVD can output direct digital audio via an S/PDIF connector for external processing of Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG audio, or LPCM formats.  

Other NVDVD features include:
NVIDIA nView™ Support – NVIDIA NVDVD takes full advantage of NVIDIA’s nView™ multi-display functionality, providing support for video mirroring – allowing for full-screen DVD playback on one screen, with full Windows® access on the other.

Digital Vibrance Control™ (DVC) – NVIDIA DVC allows end users to select and control the color settings of their display’s entire visual output, via a simple control panel, delivering a dynamic DVD experience on any type of display.

Advanced Frame Capture –  NVIDIA NVDVD allows end users to capture high-quality snapshot images from video in the original or adjusted size.

Auto-Resume – Allows end users to automatically resume playback of a video if playback was stopped prematurely or closed temporarily.

NVDVD supports all of the industry standard DVD APIs, including DirectShowTM, DirectDrawTM, DirectSoundTM, and DirectX® Video Acceleration. The NVDVD architecture is uniquely scalable and tightly tailored to the DVD specification and the intricacies of the PC system environment, providing the most seamless navigation experience available.  NVDVD will be available for distribution to and by OEMs and system integrators immediately.

About NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation, located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment and education.

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 "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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