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NVIDIA Platform Processors and New AMD Athlon™ XP Processor 2200+ Combine for the Industry’s Most Cost-Effective, High-Performance PC Platform
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Bryan Del Rizzo
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SANTA CLARA, CA — JUNE 10, 2002 — Furthering its commitment to the development of innovative, integrated platform technologies, NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that its entire family of nForce™ Platform Processors, as well as its Detonator™ series of Unified Drivers for the Company’s extensive line of GeForce™ Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), have been optimized to take advantage of the new high-performing, .13 micron-process-manufactured AMD Athlon™ XP processor 2200+, announced earlier today.
“Through our deep working relationship with AMD, we have transitioned the PC from a rudimentary device into a platform that is capable of performing the most complex tasks requested by today’s most demanding users,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “The combination of our nForce Platform Processors and AMD’s new Athlon processors manufactured on 0.13 micron process technology offers radical levels of performance and functionality at extremely competitive price points, and we look forward to continued architectural innovation as we deliver unprecedented real-time graphics, audio, networking and streaming experiences to the PC desktop.”
“NVIDIA’s powerful nForce Platform Processors are a perfect complement to our high-performing AMD Athlon XP processors,” said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD’s Computation Products Group. "The collaboration between AMD and NVIDIA has provided innovative solutions for our shared customers seeking the ultimate PC platform.”
PCs and motherboards featuring NVIDIA’s nForce Platform Processors are currently available from hundreds of system motherboard manufacturers, PC OEMs and system builders worldwide, including: Alienware, ASUStek, Compaq, Falcon Northwest, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu-Siemens, MicronPC, MSI, NEC and more.
Add-in card companies manufacturing products based on GeForce4 GPUs include: 3Dpower, ABIT, Anextek, AOpen, AsusTEK, Chaintech, Creative Labs, ELSA, eVGA.com, Gainward Co. Ltd., Leadtek Research, Inc., MSI, Palit, Pine Technologies, PNY Technologies, Prolink, Sparkle and Visiontek, Inc.
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About NVIDIA nForce
Designed and optimized to take advantage of AMD’s latest CPUs, the nForce platform processors—the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP), the nForce System Platform Processor (SPP) and nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP)—integrate a myriad of innovative features, all of which reaffirm NVIDIA’s technology leadership in the integrated core-logic market. In addition to the award-winning GeForce-based Graphics Processing Unit, dual 64-bit memory controllers, and uniquely flexible architecture, the nForce platform processors also feature the industry’s only integrated Audio Processing Unit (APU), the same audio technology found in the Microsoft® Xbox® game console. Through its use of a multi-DSP engine, the NVIDIA-designed APU provides hardware processing for up to 256 simultaneous voices and special effects; encodes Dolby® Digital 5.1 audio streams in real-time; and consumes the smallest amount of CPU overhead—when measured against all other add-in card PC audio solutions available today. And, by using the high-speed HyperTransport bus technology as the digital connection between the two platform processors, NVIDIA’s nForce architecture provides substantially more bandwidth to allow for a truly media-rich, multi-tasking environment, perfect for digital video editing, Internet audio streaming, 3D gaming and photo manipulation.
About the AMD Athlon XP Processor
The AMD Athlon XP processor features QuantiSpeed architecture, 384KB of on-chip, full-speed cache, and support for AMD’s 3DNow!™ Professional instructions for enhanced multimedia capabilities. The AMD Athlon XP processor is compatible with AMD’s Socket A infrastructure, and supports the advanced 266MHz front-side bus. AMD Athlon XP processors are manufactured using AMD’s 0.13-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
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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