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NVIDIA Unleashes Detonator 40


Unified Driver Architecture Delivers Innovative New Suite of Software Applications for all NVIDIA Products

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Carrie Cowan
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-7330


SANTA CLARA, CA—AUGUST 29, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced the availability of the NVIDIA® Detonator™ 40 unified drivers for the Company’s award-winning suite of desktop, mobile and workstation Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).  Detonator 40 delivers a robust suite of software applications designed to extend and enhance the visual computing experience, and gives users more control over their environment then ever before. 

“Detonator 40 is a member of NVIDIA’s renowned unified driver architecture family, the cornerstone for all of our graphics and multimedia products,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “Because all of our GPUs are binary compatible, we’re able to deliver new functionality, innovative features and unmatched performance, across our entire family of GPUs with a single driver.  No other vendor can offer this kind of flexibility.”

Free of charge, and available for download today at, the new Detonator 40 driver features:

  • nView™ 2.0 multi-display technology to increase productivity and provide the necessary tools to control the way users access and view applications.
  • NVRotate™, enabling image rotation on today’s advanced flat panel displays.
  • NVKeystone™, allowing for real-time image correction on portable projectors and heads-up displays
  • Digital Vibrance Control 2™ (DVC2) allowing users to adjust color controls to achieve accurate, bright colors under all conditions.

In addition to these new, exciting features Detonator 40 also provides up to 25% performance improvement in popular consumer and professional applications.

For applications vendors, Detonator 40 includes a CineFX™ Hardware Emulator that allows developers to create advanced cinematic effects for NVIDIA’s next-generation graphics technologies—but have them rendered on NVIDIA’s current family of GPUs.  CineFX is NVIDIA’s next-generation graphics processing architecture—a highly efficient and advanced rendering architecture featuring advanced programmability; high-precision color; dramatically improved performance; support for high-level shading languages; generalized vertex and pixel processing; and high bandwidth to system memory and CPU.  For more information on the CineFX architecture, and the hardware emulator, visit

Detonator 40 also supports OpenGL® and the Microsoft® DirectX® application program interface (API) —allowing developers to create content that fully exposes the hardware features of NVIDIA’s GPUs.

Detonator 40 supports the entire TNT2™, GeForce™, GeForce2, GeForce3, GeForce4 consumer line of GPUs, nForce™ and nForce2™ platform processors, as well as the NVIDIA Quadro™, Quadro2, Quadro4, and Quadro DCC solutions geared for professional workstation users.  Through UDA, NVIDIA’s software drivers are compatible with past, present and future NVIDIA GPUs, and are top-to-bottom compatible with all currently manufactured versions of NVIDIA’s GPUs.

NVIDIA Corporation is a visual computing technology and market leader dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms.  Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video games consoles.  NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,400 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

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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