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NVIDIA nForce Platform Processors Selected for NEC Desktop PCs

 
 

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United States:
Bryan Del Rizzo
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-2772
bdelrizzo@nvidia.com

Asia:
Hazel Heng
NVIDIA Corporation
(65) 6348 0330
hheng@nvidia.com

Europe:
Andrew Humber
NVIDIA Corporation
+44 (118) 903 3015 
ahumber@nvidia.com 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LONDON, ENGLAND AND TOKYO, JAPAN — JUNE 5, 2002 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that NEC Computer International (NEC CI) and NEC Corporation, the leading suppliers of mainstream PCs in Europe and Japan respectively, have chosen NVIDIA nForce™ Platform Processors as the core technology foundation for all of its AMD Athlon™ XP processor-based consumer desktop PC systems.

NVIDIA’s nForce Platform Processors, the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and the nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP), combine for the industry’s most innovative PC platform design, integrating core graphics, communications and audio technologies to deliver unmatched system performance for the mainstream desktop PC market.

The first systems based on the nForce Platform Processors include NEC Corporation’s VALUESTAR G Type A and NEC CI’s POWERMATE i-Select XL4.  The NEC CI POWERMATE i-Select XL4 will also feature the power and performance of NVIDIA’s latest graphics technology, the GeForce4™ Ti 4600 GPU.  The VALUESTAR G Type A will be sold primarily in Japan; the POWERMATE i-Select XL4 in Europe.

“NVIDIA nForce integrates high technology innovations for the direct benefits of NEC users,” said Fabrice Vincenty, desktop manager Europe for NEC CI.  “Offering GeForce4 in mainstream and in high-end solutions highlights NEC CI’s policy of offering the best of technology to its customers.”

“The nForce architecture’s combination of impressive performance and unbeatable value allows NEC Corporation and NEC CI to continue to do what it does best—offer innovative and cost-effective solutions to its customers, without compromising on performance,” says Alain Tiquet, marketing director EMEA for NVIDIA.  “We look forward to working with both companies to deliver the power of nForce to the widest possible range of European and Asian desktops.”

“By combining the strength of the AMD Athlon XP processor with NVIDIA’s nForce platform, NEC will bring a powerful multimedia computing experience to its customers,” said Sam Rogan, Director of Marketing, North Asia, Computation Products Group, at AMD.  “This is a great example of AMD’s commitment to work with industry-leading partners to deliver powerful solutions that meet the needs of today’s PC consumers on a global scale.” 

About NVIDIA nForce
Designed and optimized to take advantage of AMD’s latest CPUs, including the new Athlon XP processor 2100+, the nForce Platform Processors—the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP)—integrate a myriad of innovative features, all of which affirm NVIDIA’s technology leadership in the integrated core-logic market.  In addition to the award-winning GeForce™2 Graphics Processing Unit; the industry’s only dual 64-bit memory controller interface; and uniquely flexible architecture; the nForce Platform Processors also utilize the high-speed HyperTransport™ bus technology as the digital connection between the two platform processors, providing NEC corporate and consumer customers with substantially more bandwidth to allow for a truly media-rich, multi-tasking environment, perfect for digital video conferencing, Internet audio streaming, and networking file transfers.

About NEC
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) is a leading provider of Internet solutions, dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its customers in the key computer network and electron device fields through its three market-focused in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC Corporation, with its in-house companies, employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and saw net sales of approximately $39 billion in fiscal year 2001-2002.  For further information, visit the NEC home page at http://www.nec.com/.

About NEC CI
NEC Computers International (NEC CI) is Europe’s sixth largest manufacturer of personal computers, supplying the consumer market with the Packard Bell brand, Europe’s home PC leader (source: Dataquest, February 2002), and the professional market with the NEC brand. One of the major consolidated subsidiaries of the Japanese NEC Corporation—and part of the operation of NEC Solutions—NEC CI benefits from the group’s on-going commitment to Research and Development.  NEC CI supplies personal computers, servers and Internet solutions to individuals, corporations, government and other public sector agencies in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia (except Japan and China). For the past six years, NEC CI’s annual unit sales have recorded an average increase of 20%. The company employs 3,000 people worldwide. Its headquarters are located in Wijchen, The Netherlands.

About NVIDIA
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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