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NVIDIA and Discreet Partner To Power Next-Generation Game Development at GDC


Content Creators Experience NVIDIA’s Develop and Deploy Strategy with Discreet’s 3ds max Software in “gmax-ready room” at Game Developers Conference

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Susan Austin 
NVIDIA Corporation  
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE — SAN JOSE, CA — MARCH 21, 2002—NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that its new high-performance Quadro™ 4 professional graphics solutions are featured exclusively in Discreet’s “gmax-ready room” (room #C-2) and booth (#1426) at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), being held this week in San Jose, CA.  A division of Autodesk, Inc., Discreet’s gmax-ready room allows show attendees to experience gmax-ready game titles including Microsoft’s Dungeon Siege and EA Games’ Command and Conquer: RENEGADE by Westwood Studios which were developed using NVIDIA’s graphics solutions and Discreet’s 3ds max animation software tools. In the gmax-ready room, developers and game enthusiasts will also get hands-on time with NVIDIA’s new Quadro4 graphics performing with the latest arsenal of Discreet’s professional tools for game development and production.  In its booth (#616), NVIDIA will also feature Discreet’s 3ds max animation software.

“NVIDIA's Quadro4 and GeForce™ families of graphics solutions provide the required power that 3ds max game developers, artists and game players demand,” said Dave Campbell, product marketing manager for 3D at Discreet.  “Building amazing art requires a great deal of feedback at the system level.  NVIDIA’s continued commitment to Direct3D and the quality of their drivers provides a compelling solution at a great price.”

“Discreet’s interactive and photo-realistic ActiveShader rendering engine is the perfect complement to NVIDIA’s Quadro4 GPU,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “By exploiting NVIDIA’s programmable shading engine, Discreet gives users the tools to create more compelling designs with higher image quality and the most advanced effects.  The Quadro4 line also offers 50 percent faster pixel shader performance and dramatically improved texture performance to help developers win the time to market race.”
Located in the Special Session Room of the San Jose Convention Center and by invitation only, the Discreet gmax-ready room will show 3ds max, character studio, reactor and gmax-enabled games including Microsoft’s Dungeon Siege, Flight Simulator 2000 Professional Edition and Train Simulator along with EA Games’ Command and Conquer: RENEGADE by Westwood Studios, and Auran TRAIN. Guests of the gmax-ready room can participate in a drawing to win special prizes, including six NVIDIA Quadro4 750 XGL graphics boards.  Special presentations from developers of several different game titles will explain how their games were created.  There will also be open play and a chance to create and customize game content using gmax, Discreet’s consumer game design and content editing software. In the gmax-ready room, systems with NVIDIA’s Quadro4 graphics will be used to demonstrate Discreet’s 3ds max and gmax products
The NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL series of professional Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) support advanced shader operations and is designed to accelerate OpenGL® and DirectX® professional applications by implementing workstation specific functionality, such as hardware overlay planes, hardware-accelerated antialiased points and lines, advanced memory management, and other features critical to improving performance in professional applications.
All Quadro4 products feature nView™, NVIDIA’s Multi-display technology that supports arrangements of analog monitors and digital flat panel displays that can be combined to drastically increase the user’s working desktop. NVIDIA’s Quadro4 products also utilize the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture™ (UDA), a set of backward and forward, top to bottom compatible graphics drivers that optimize application performance, stability, and reliability.  NVIDIA Quadro4 products feature certification support for an extensive list of leading applications and come with a series of free custom application drivers¾ such as the ELSA® MAXtreme™ driver for 3ds max--that offer key enhancements vital to graphics professionals.
About Discreet
Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is a worldwide leader in digital content creation, management, and distribution tools. Discreet develops systems and software for visual effects, animation, non-linear editing, broadcast production, and integrated infrastructure and workflow solutions. Discreet serves a broad range of markets involved in content creation, delivery, and use, including film and television postproduction, broadcast production, games, animation multimedia for corporate, government, and education, and the rich media for the web.  More information about Discreet solutions, including gmax, is available at or by calling 800-869-3504 or 514-393-1616.

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), 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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