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NVIDIA nForce Continues Momentum in Commercial PC Market


Asus A7N266-VM/AA Motherboard Featuring Company’s nForce Core Logic Solution Approved for AMD’s Assured Commercial Customer Program

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 2, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that the ASUS A7N266-VM/AA motherboard, based on the Company’s NVIDIA nForce™ core logic solutions, has now been certified for the AMD Assured™ Program.  As a result, both the ASUS A7N266-VM/AA motherboard and NVIDIA nForce platform processors are now being recommended by AMD for use in small business and commercial PC systems.

“Our NVIDIA nForce platform processors were always designed with the commercial customer in mind,” said Drew Henry, senior director of platform business at NVIDIA.  “The inclusion in AMD’s Assured Program is a testament to the performance, stability, and manageability that NVIDIA and ASUS have brought to the commercial computing environment.”

Designed to provide a scaleable, high performing foundation for all of today's business, consumer and enthusiast PCs, NVIDIA nForce platform processors offer myriad cost-effective, performance-enhancing features-including award-winning GeForce™ MX graphics and new networking, audio, and multimedia processing capabilities.  NVIDIA’s GeForce MX GPU, one of the key attributes of the nForce platform, provides businesses with a solid hardware foundation that has been tested and qualified for a variety of corporate applications including video conferencing, 3D presentations and digital video manipulation.  In addition, NVIDIA nForce platform processors utilize NVIDIA’s Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), a single software driver solution that makes it easy to manage and maintain NVIDIA-based hardware in business computing environments, and helps minimize the overhead normally associated with business IT hardware deployment strategies.  Commercial customers using NVIDIA® hardware solutions can also take advantage of NVIDIA’s extensive software applications, which provide additional desktop functionality to enhance the business computing experience.

“We are ecstatic that our A7N266-VM/AA motherboard has been qualified for the AMD Assured Program,” said Cathy Yu, Marketing Director at ASUS.  “NVIDIA’s nForce platform processors combine cutting-edge technology with the stability that IT and business professionals crave.  ASUS always stands at the forefront with key partners to deliver a whole new breed of value-driven commercial PC systems.”

The AMD Assured Program helps system builders, businesses, and IT buyers identify motherboards that have passed AMD’s rigid criteria, including extensive electrical and compatibility testing.  In addition, boards qualified for the AMD Assured Program must be readily available for purchase, and provide a manageable, stable platform for use in commercial PC systems.

“AMD, ASUS, and NVIDIA are providing a compelling PC solution to commercial customers,” said Ed Gasiorowski, director of AMD developer relations, Computations Product Group.  “With its enterprise-class performance, innovative features, and advanced networking support, the A7N266-VM motherboard should form the foundation for many new commercial PC systems.”

PCs and motherboards featuring NVIDIA nForce platform processors are currently available from hundreds of system motherboard manufacturers, PC OEMs and system builders worldwide, including: Abit, ABS Computer, Alienware, Aopen, ASUSTeK, Atlas Micro, Chaintech, Compaq, Epox, Falcon Northwest, HP, HyperSonic, Leadtek, MicronPC, MSI, Shuttle Computer, Soltech, Sony, Totally Awesome, and Vicious PC. 

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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