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NVIDIA Quadro4 Professional Graphics Selected as the Standard at Digital Domain

Award-Winning Production Studio Integrates NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL Solutions and NVIDIA Linux Drivers Throughout its Production Pipeline


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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that its NVIDIA Quadro®4 graphics solutions and Linux drivers are now the standard at Digital Domain.  One of the largest digital studios in the world, Digital Domain hosts an integrated production studio that includes divisions for feature film visual effects, commercial production, music videos, location-based entertainment and feature film development.

“Like Digital Domain, we’ve founded our company with a mission to create world class visual imagery through the use of technology,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “To consistently produce great work, Digital Domain has to arm the best creative and technical teams with the best tools in the industry.  NVIDIA provides them with the complete package—graphics technology that exemplifies the standard of excellence Digital Domain embodies, and the level of technical and customer support they expect from a strategic technology partner.”

Digital Domain is transitioning all of its 2D and 3D production workstations to include NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL professional graphics solutions, NVIDIA’s Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), and the Linux operating system.  The company is also deploying NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics hardware and Linux software drivers in its software development, digital content creation studio and systems administration departments.  NVIDIA’s graphics solutions will be used to support every phase of commercial and feature film digital content creation—from the creation of 3D animation and effects to 2D compositing, painting and rotoscoping.  In fact, NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics solutions are currently being applied to Digital Domain’s visual effects work on two feature film projects, The Day After Tomorrow and Daredevil, as well as a multitude of commercials.

In addition to standardizing on NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics solutions, Digital Domain and NVIDIA have completed extensive testing of Digital Domain’s proprietary NUKE software on NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics hardware.  NUKE is Digital Domain’s Academy Award®-winning compositing software for the Microsoft® Windows®, Linux and IRIX® operating systems, and it has been used on every feature film Digital Domain has worked on, including True Lies, Titanic and xXx.  Digital Domain’s new software subsidiary, D2 Software, Inc., will soon begin making NUKE commercially available, and when it does, the digital artist community can be assured that extensive testing has been done to ensure that it will operate flawlessly with NVIDIA Quadro4 professional graphics solutions.

“What has distinguished NVIDIA most for us has been their customer service and their commitment to helping Digital Domain experience a smooth transition to Linux,” said Michael Taylor, Vice President of the Digital Studio at Digital Domain.  “We’re also impressed with the quality of their Linux drivers and the level of cooperation we received to make sure that NUKE runs impeccably with their professional graphics hardware.  We don’t give praise lightly and we pick our technology partners with great care.  NVIDIA has earned our business by providing outstanding graphics hardware, software and support that we can rely on.”

About Digital Domain
With its cutting-edge production pipeline, Digital Domain has established a world-class reputation for innovation and artistry, having received two Academy Awards® for What Dreams May Come and Titanic (the highest-grossing film in motion picture history), as well as two Technical Achievement Academy Awards® for proprietary software.  Over the last nine years, the company’s feature film division has produced visual effects for films that have generated over $4 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts.  In addition, the company’s commercial division is widely considered the premiere visual effects studio in the advertising industry and has been awarded fourteen CLIO Awards, including a “Hall Of Fame” Award in 2001 for its Jeep Snow Covered spot.  The company has also been honored with BAFTA Awards, numerous Gold Lions and a Grand Prix award from the Cannes International Advertising Festival, MTV Music Video Awards and a Grammy for Best Music Video.

About NVIDIA
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 <http://www.nvidia.com>.

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