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Strategic Partnership Delivers the Ultimate “Sky Cam” with EarthViewer 3D
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SANTA CLARA, CA — APRIL 18, 2002 — Inviting consumers to view the digital world from their desktops, NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership, including an investment commitment, with Keyhole Corporation, a rich mapping software and service provider. As a result of this agreement, NVIDIA will become the exclusive distribution partner for the consumer version of the EarthViewer 3D program, starting with an online promotion beginning next week at www.nvidia.com. The two companies are also working together to integrate new capabilities in the EarthViewer 3D product, including optimized support for NVIDIA’s next-generation Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), for both the consumer and professional markets.
Featured in today’s New York Times “Circuits” section, EarthViewer 3D transforms the way people receive and use geospatial information by delivering to PCs with an Internet broadband connection a three dimensional model of planet Earth. EarthViewer 3D takes full advantage of NVIDIA’s graphics processing power to deliver a seamless stream of high-resolution satellite images, aerial photographs, maps, point of interest databases and other location-critical data. EarthViewer 3D also allows users to pan, zoom and tilt the view of any location, from Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon, for the ultimate ‘birds eye’ view of the world.
“NVIDIA and Keyhole have partnered to deliver an excellent way for NVIDIA customers to explore the rich and expansive world of 3D,” stated Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “By presenting a unique and educational way to explore the world, EarthViewer 3D combines all of the pieces needed to deliver an easily accessible, compelling 3D experience, and represents the future of 3D applications for mainstream audiences.”
From April 22 to May 5, NVIDIA will host a limited online promotion, giving 10,000 consumers up to a two-week trial of the EarthViewer 3D program. In addition, those who download the trial version will have the chance to win a Toshiba notebook computer equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go GPU by participating in a global treasure hunt to find the NVIDIA logo hidden somewhere in the EarthViewer 3D world. NVIDIA also plans to make EarthViewer 3D available to its OEM partners as an optional software bundle for its GeForce4Ô family of GPUs.
“Keyhole and NVIDIA share the same vision - 3D as a medium,” said John Hanke, CEO at Keyhole Corp. “We are delighted to have NVIDIA as a partner in distributing this innovative application to millions of NVIDIA users.”
For additional information on EarthViewer 3D, please visit www.earthviewer.com. For additional details on the EarthViewer3D trial version and contest, log on to www.nvidia.com.
Based in Mountain View, CA, Keyhole Corporation provides a groundbreaking realistic 3D mapping infrastructure for location-based services and applications. The Company’s service revolves around the proprietary EarthSystem technology, which is transforming the way users interact with their world. Keyhole’s turn-key ASP solution and proprietary streaming technology provides instant access to terabytes of data and its flexible client architecture enables access for all classes of devices, ranging from cell phones to powerful 3D-enabled desktop PCs. Keyhole’s breakthrough solution delivers a new perspective on the world and on the enterprise for Fortune-500 customers and consumers.
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.
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