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NVIDIA nForce Platform Processors Bring Power to Sony VAIO Desktop PCs


The Leading Manufacturer of Audio, Visual, Communications and Information Technologies Leverages the Power of NVIDIA’s Digital Media Processors for New PCs

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NVIDIA Corporation 
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SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 30, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that its NVIDIA nForce™ platform processors were chosen by Sony Electronics Inc. for inclusion in Sony’s new VAIO® desktop digital media PCs.  One of the fastest growing PC companies in the world, Sony—a world leader in product innovation for digital media applications, devices and platforms—saw its computer shipments grow faster than those of any other major brand in 2001, increasing to 23.7 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to research firm Gartner Dataquest.

“Sony is widely recognized as one of the world’s most valuable brands worldwide, and with VAIO’s astounding growth in retail over the last year, it is clear that they are primed for continued success,” said Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA.  “With their tight integration of multimedia features, including audio, networking, and digital device connectivity, our NVIDIA nForce platform processors are the perfect complement to Sony’s phenomenally popular VAIO line of highly integrated, digital media-focused, desktop PCs.”

The NVIDIA nForce platform processors provide the new Sony® VAIO PCV-RXA842 digital media PC, available now from major retailers nationwide, with a host of innovative and performance-enhancing features, including award-winning GeForce™2 MX graphics, a revolutionary DDR 266MHz memory subsystem for reducing overall system latency, and a supercharged networking subsystem that delivers smooth video and crystal clear audio playback when streaming data over a typical broadband connection. 

In addition to the NVIDIA nForce platform processors, the new Sony VAIO PCV-RXA842 PC features an AMD Athlon™ XP Processor 2400+, 512MB of PC-2100 (266MHz) memory, CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives, FireWire® and USB 2.0 ports for digital connectivity, and a Memory Stick® Media Slot for quick file transfers from digital cameras and other common digital media devices.

Today’s announcement marks the continued success of the Company’s NVIDIA nForce product family, which has now been adopted by the majority of the industry-leading OEMs selling AMD-based systems to the consumer and corporate desktop PC markets.  In addition to Sony, PCs and motherboards featuring the NVIDIA nForce family of platform processors are currently available from hundreds of system motherboard manufacturers, PC OEMs and system builders worldwide, including: Abit, ABS, Alienware, Aopen, ASUStek, Atlas Micro, Chaintech, Compaq, Falcon Northwest, Hewlett-Packard, Hypersonic, Fujitsu-Siemens, Leadtek, MicronPC, MSI, NEC, Shuttle Computer, Soltech, Totally Awesome, Vicious PC and more.

NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology 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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