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NVIDIA Drives Development of New PCI Express Graphics Interface

Optimized Architecture Provides Increased Bandwidth for Faster Graphics Processing

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SEATTLE, WA - WINHEC 2002 - APRIL 17, 2002 - In an ongoing effort to shape and define standards in the graphics industry, NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it is working with the Arapahoe Work Group to help develop the graphics bandwidth capabilities of PCI Express™, the new Intel® Corporation third-generation Input/Output (I/O) specification that connects computing subsystems and peripheral components at high-bandwidth speeds.  A key contributor to the development of the PCI Express specification, NVIDIA has developed a high-speed graphics interconnect designed to evolve current PCI technology and address the increasing bandwidth demands of emerging graphic applications for multiple markets, including desktop PCs, mobile, workstations, servers and embedded communications systems.

“The GPU has the largest bandwidth appetite of all PC subsystems,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “From the start, NVIDIA has been a key contributor to the PCI Express architecture, as both a developer and supporter.  We are excited to help shape this next-generation specification to ensure that our GPUs get the necessary throughput required to push the visual envelope.”
 
The PCI Express architecture significantly increases bandwidth between the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) through a Low Voltage Differential Signal (LVOS), enabling the balanced distribution of bandwidth to those applications that require it the most.  For end-users, this results in a seamless multimedia experience with cinematic-quality graphics at its core.
 
“We applaud NVIDIA’s involvement in the development of the PCI Express specification,” said Bob Gregory, Arapahoe Work Group Spokesperson.  “PCI Express is the next step in delivering the bandwidth and features required for exciting, new graphics applications.”
 
Products based on PCI Express architecture are expected to become available in the second half of 2003.  Additional information on PCI Express can be found at http://developer.intel.com/technology/3GIO/.
 
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