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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 12, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that the Company has expanded its AGP 8X offerings with a range of new graphics solutions certified for professional workstation applications. Based on Intel’s AGP 3.0 specification, the new 8X graphics solutions—the NVIDIA Quadro®4 980 XGL, the NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL, the NVIDIA Quadro4 380 XGL, and the NVIDIA Quadro4 280 NVS—all deliver breakthrough application performance, graphics programmability, and multi-display productivity to further solidify NVIDIA’s professional graphics leadership.
The NVIDIA Quadro4 8X solutions extend the current NVIDIA Quadro4 family and deliver significant performance improvements. The NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL, for example, achieves up to 40% improvements in OpenGL workstation application performance as measured on the industry standard SPECviewperf 7 tests1.
“NVIDIA’s introduction of AGP 8X-based Quadro4 boards further attests to its commitment to the professional graphics market,” said Kara Yokley, manager of IDC’s Workstations and High Performance Systems research group. “The new boards offer increased price/performance and greater bandwidth, which will benefit professional users by helping to prevent bottlenecks for vertex and texture transfers from the host to the graphics processor.”
Today’s professional workstation applications achieve significant improvements due to the increased bandwidth of the AGP 8X graphics to host interface, improving from 1.0 to 2.1 gigabytes per second (GB/sec.). The increased data throughput between the processor and the graphics board keeps data hungry graphics processing units (GPUs) fed with the data necessary to render high frame rate, high fidelity, real-time graphics.
“NVIDIA is architecting graphics processors to satisfy the performance and scalability needs of today and tomorrow,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “By making available greater AGP bandwidth and increasingly advanced hardware, NVIDIA is breaking through all the barriers to allow application developers and creative professionals to innovate freely.”
About NVIDIA Quadro4 Workstation Graphics Solutions
The NVIDIA Quadro4 family includes the NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL series and the NVIDIA Quadro4 NVS series. The NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL series sets the standard for professional 3D graphics performance for mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) and digital content creation (DCC) applications. With its new AGP 8X-based products, the series now consists of the NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 900 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 750 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 550 XGL and NVIDIA Quadro4 380 XGL graphics solutions.
The NVIDIA Quadro4 NVS series of multi-display professional graphics solutions offers industry-leading acceleration, crystal clear image quality, and ultimate stability for professional 2D applications popular in the financial services and Non-Linear Video Editing (NLE) markets. With its new AGP 8X-based models, the NVIDIA Quadro4 NVS product series now consists of: the NVIDIA Quadro4 200 NVS (AGP and PCI versions), NVIDIA Quadro4 280 NVS and NVIDIA Quadro4 400 NVS graphics solutions.
The complete family of NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics solutions—including the new NVIDIA Quadro4 8X-enabled products—will be available from Leadtek, PNY Technologies, Inc. and Technology Joint Corporation/ELSA Japan—in their respective geographies.
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 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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