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NVIDIA Extends Graphics Leadership to Linux Platform

Company’s Continued Commitment to Linux Provides Customers with the Fastest, Most Feature Rich and Compatible Products for Corporate, Professional and Home Platforms

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NVIDIA Corporation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 12, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced a series of new corporate initiatives that will extend the Company’s leadership position in the Linux market and ensure that NVIDIA graphics and multimedia processors continue to be the highest performing in the industry.  As part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to the Linux community, NVIDIA today revealed details of a technical support program for end users and professional customers; a new software driver package that includes performance enhancements and new features for NVIDIA’s advanced graphics features, including NVIDIA’s CineFX™ architecture delivered by NVIDIA’s Unified Driver Architecture (UDA); and support for the latest PC technologies, including AGP 8X and OpenGL® 1.4.

“Given their rapid acceptance in corporate environments, operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD provide tremendous opportunities to extend NVIDIA’s graphics leadership, from both a hardware and software perspective,” said Lewis Wagman, director of software product marketing at NVIDIA.  “We have built dedicated development teams to ensure that our products deliver the industry’s best features and performance under Linux, and we have taken special steps to deliver unmatched technical support and deployment assistance for OEMs and other companies interested in migrating to a PC platform utilizing both Linux and an NVIDIA graphics or platform solutions.”

All NVIDIA products, including the GeForce™, GeForce Go, and NVIDIA Quadro® family of graphics solutions, as well as the NVIDIA nForce™ platform processors, have been fully optimized for the Linux operating system for all major PC platforms, including those based on the Intel® Pentium®, Intel Itanium®, and AMD Athlon™ CPUs.  Today’s software release also marks the first time a graphics manufacturer has publicly released Linux drivers for AMD’s upcoming Hammer platform, providing developers and OEMs an early ability to take advantage of AMD’s eagerly anticipated Athlon 64 processors before they are officially released to the market. 

“We applaud NVIDIA for recognizing the importance of delivering stable, high-performing software solutions, and taking the initiative to deliver a solid graphics and multimedia platform for users of the Linux operating system,” said Tim Sweeney of Epic Games, makers of the renowned Unreal Engine.  “Together with NVIDIA, we look forward to giving consumers a chance to experience games built on Unreal Technology on a variety of operating systems and PC platforms—including those built around the upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor technology.”

With NVIDIA’s latest software release, users of NVIDIA Quadro-based graphics solutions can look forward to performance improvements by up to 30%, compared to previous driver versions .  Additionally, professional users will appreciate the performance parity on Linux versus traditional operating systems, support for multi-monitor configurations, and certifications for Maya and Softimage|XSI, Shake, oil industry visual interpretive technologies, and other applications used in today’s post production, special effects houses and other professional markets.

“As the leading supplier of volume visualization and interpretation technology for the upstream oil and gas industry, it is imperative that we carefully select the underlying graphics hardware technologies to deliver the power, performance and reliability required for accurate and detailed geologic analysis,” said Yin Cheung, vice president and director of technology at Magic Earth. “NVIDIA’s Quadro4 XGL professional graphics solutions deliver the performance, compatibility and feature set for our desktop/Linux offering that enables Magic Earth’s GeoProbe to keep our customers at the leading edge in finding and producing oil and gas.”

“Our major OEM partners, including Dell, IBM, and HP, turn to NVIDIA for a one-stop solution for hardware, software and dedicated support for Linux solutions,” continued Wagman.  “It is the success of our valued customers such as Magic Earth that propel us to continue to deliver unparalleled support and hardware for all platforms and operating systems, including Linux, and we recognize what the importance of delivering this full turnkey solution means to our overall business success.”

Other driver enhancements delivered by NVIDIA UDA include:

  • Full support for pixel and vertex shaders for NVIDIA desktop and workstation GPUs
  • Full support for OpenGL 1.4 with CineFX architecture and emulation mode for NVIDIA desktop and workstation GPUs
  • Multi-monitor support for NVIDIA desktop, workstation and mobile GPUs
  • Power management for hibernate and resume modes for NVIDIA mobile GPUs
  • Full hot key support for NVIDIA mobile GPUs
  • Full support for platform technologies provided by NVIDIA nForce platform processors, including FireWire®, audio, and networking capabilities

Additionally, end users who have technical support issues using NVIDIA processors under Linux can send e-mail directly to NVIDIA at: linux-bugs@nvidia.com, or receive assistance by visiting a public forum at: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=14.

“Since its debut in August 2002, our Linux support forum has been bustling with activity.  In only four months, Linux forum members have posted close to 7,000 support messages,” commented Mike Chambers, manager of nV News, a popular technology Web site.  “The forum is a gold mine of information with many experienced members willing to lend a hand.  In fact, the most popular threads are instructions on getting NVIDIA-based graphics cards optimized for various distributions of Linux, including Red Hat, Mandrake Linux™, and FreeBSD.” 

NVIDIA Linux drivers can be downloaded for free by visiting: www.nvidia.com.

About Magic Earth Inc.
Magic Earth, Inc., a Halliburton company, specializes in high-performance volume visualization and interpretation solutions including GeoProbe software, consultation services for interpretation 
projects, training and large-screen immersive visualization centers.  For more information about Magic Earth, visit the company’s Web site at www.magicearth.com.
 
About Halliburton
Halliburton, founded in 1919, is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries.  The company serves its customers with a broad range of products and services through its Energy Services Group and Engineering and Construction Group business segments.  The company’s World Wide Web site can be accessed at www.halliburton.com.

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.

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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