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NVIDIA NVDVD Now Playing on a PC Near You

Now Available from eVGA.com and MicronPC, NVIDIA NVDVD Delivers Highest-Quality DVD Playback on Desktop and Notebook PCs

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Carrie Cowan
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-7330
ccowan@nvidia.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—SEPTEMBER 10, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that NVIDIA® NVDVD™, a software-based DVD player, is now shipping with all retail GeForce™4 add-in card products from eVGA.com, a leading supplier of video graphics cards.  In addition, MicronPC will also offer NVDVD with its GeForce4-powered Millennia® TS2 desktop PCs.  Optimized specifically for NVIDIA’s family of graphics and multimedia processors, NVDVD is a complete software DVD solution designed to power crisp DVD playback and deliver a Dolby® Digital audio-based, home theater-like experience on mobile and desktop PCs.

DVD is the most rapidly growing product in the history of the consumer electronics and home entertainment market with sales expected to hit 20 million in the U.S. this year, according to Jon Peddie Research, the leading multimedia and graphics research firm.  With the majority of new PCs shipping with DVD drives, NVDVD enhances consumer computing experiences by delivering high-quality playback of DVD movies—on par with expensive set-top players—from their desktop or notebook PC.

“Unlike a home DVD player that only has one job, a PC DVD hardware and software player has to cope with the business of the CPU and all the other functions competing for memory and processor time—and the PC DVD solution has to compete in price with the home players,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research.  “NVIDIA’s NVDVD is an excellent software application that not only takes advantage of the video acceleration features of NVIDIA’s graphics processing units (GPUs) to deliver a smooth playing experience on par with dedicated players, but is compatible with almost any other graphics controller.”

Developed entirely by NVIDIA’s in-house engineering team, NVDVD utilizes an enhanced, state-of-the-art video decoding engine to deliver a crisp, more true-to-life video image.  For the highest quality display output, NVDVD supports the proprietary adaptive de-interlacing and scaling algorithms already integrated on NVIDIA GPUs to deliver DVD playback that can outperform expensive set-top players.  NVDVD’s integrated Dolby Digital support delivers the benefits of Dolby Surround® technology for users with multi-channel sound cards or home theater speaker systems.  Other NVDVD features include:

  • Multi-display support. NVDVD takes full advantage of NVIDIA’s nView™ multi-display functionality, providing support for video mirroring—allowing for full-screen DVD playback on one screen, with full Microsoft® Windows® access on the other.
  • Advanced frame capture.  NVDVD allows end users to capture high-quality snapshot images from video playback and incorporate them into their Windows desktop theme.
  • Audio sample.  NVDVD allows users to capture their favorite movie quotes and add them to their desktop sound schemes.

“With its advanced features and intuitive controls, NVDVD delivers the best DVD experience on the PC platform,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “Because NVDVD is designed to take advantage of NVIDIA’s own GPUs, it is able to deliver unmatched visual quality and a level of customization never before seen in a software-based DVD solution.”

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About NVIDIA
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 www.nvidia.com.

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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