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NVIDIA Quadro AGP 8X Graphics Solutions Chosen for IBM IntelliStation Workstations


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Susan Austin 
NVIDIA Corporation  


SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 19, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that its new NVIDIA Quadro®4 980 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL and NVIDIA Quadro4 280 NVS AGP 8X graphics solutions will be featured in IBM’s new IntelliStation M Pro 6219 and IntelliStation Z Pro 6221 professional workstation lines.  The new IBM IntelliStation workstations with NVIDIA Quadro4 8X graphics solutions take advantage of the faster AGP 8X data bus based on the Intel® AGP 3.0 specification. By moving to AGP 8X, IBM and NVIDIA are providing customers with twice the bandwidth from the graphics to the host interface over AGP 4X.

“Our customers need extreme 3D graphics,” said Rick Rudd, director of IntelliStation Strategy for IBM.  “With NVIDIA’s new high-end graphics hardware combined with IBM’s robust workstation architecture, we’ll be providing high-availability, industry standard workstation solutions for our graphic intensive customers.”

“Like NVIDIA, IBM has always placed great importance on delivering exceptional application-focused performance and price/performance to its professional customers,” said Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of worldwide sales at NVIDIA.  “These new IntelliStation workstations with NVIDIA Quadro4-based AGP 8X graphics will no doubt continue the company’s long legacy of value, performance and mission-critical reliability.”

IBM’s new IntelliStation workstations featuring NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL and NVIDIA Quadro4 280 NVS graphics solutions are powered by the latest Intel Pentium® 4 and Xeon processors, and incorporate proven technologies derived from the IBM eServer xSeries.  These technologies—which are designed to optimize performance, system reliability and availability—are available on select models and include:

  • Diagnostic LEDs to direct the system administrator to a compromised component, helping to ensure uptime;
  • Integrated RAID mirroring storage solutions for continuous backup of vital information;
  • ECC memory (Error Checking and Correcting) to ensure data precision;
  • S.M.A.R.T. hard disk drives to predict the risk of failure before trouble occurs; and
  • Robust power supplies to support rich configurations and provide long
    system life.

The IntelliStation workstations will be available starting in December.  For more information, visit

The NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL, NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL, and the NVIDIA Quadro4 280 NVS graphics solutions are new members of the NVIDIA Quadro4 professional workstation graphics family.  Delivering industry-leading performance and innovative features, the NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL series of graphics solutions have set the standard for professional 3D graphics performance for mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) and digital content creation (DCC) applications.  NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL solutions support advanced shader operations and are designed to accelerate OpenGL® and DirectX® professional applications by implementing workstation-specific functionality, including hardware overlay planes, hardware-accelerated antialiased points and lines, advanced memory management, and other features critical to professional applications.

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 such as financial services and Non-Linear Video Editing (NLE).

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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