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NVIDIA Quadro FX Workstation Graphics Redefine Professional Application Performance

Groundbreaking Professional Graphics Solutions Deliver Revolutionary Workstation Graphics Power, Precision

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SOLIDWORKS WORLD CONFERENCE—ORLANDO, FL—JANUARY 21, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today introduced the NVIDIA Quadro® FX series of workstation graphics solutions aimed at the professional CAD/CAM and digital content creation markets.  The NVIDIA Quadro FX series includes the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 and NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000 graphics solutions, both of which combine the industry’s first true 128-bit floating point precision with an eight pipeline, fully programmable graphics engine to deliver unprecedented levels of realism and interactive sophisticated real-time effects for content development, visual processing and other professional applications.

“The design cycle has been a long, iterative process from concept, to modeling, and final production,” stated Jeff Brown, director of workstation product marketing at NVIDIA.  “The programmability and performance of the NVIDIA Quadro FX makes production rendering an integral part of real-time design, resulting in reduced design cycles, increased productivity, and ultimately accelerating time-to-market.”

The graphics horsepower of the NVIDIA Quadro FX takes application performance to unprecedented heights.  Featuring three parallel vertex engines with the industry’s first on-chip vertex cache, eight fully programmable pixel pipelines, and a radically new line engine coupled to a high speed DDR2 memory interface, the NVIDIA Quadro FX product family achieves unprecedented 3D graphics performance—five times faster line performance than the Company’s previous generation products.  The combination of high precision and full scene antialiasing (FSAA), with support for resolutions up to 3840x2400 QUXGA, results in visual quality unmatched by any solution previously seen in the industry.

In addition, the industry’s leading independent software vendors (ISVs) have designed their applications to take full advantage of the NVIDIA Quadro FX architecture by enabling sophisticated real-time shaders to simulate a virtually unlimited range of physical characteristics, including lighting effects and even physical surface properties—all of which can be combined and modified on-the-fly, making styling a part of the real-time design process.

“The joint introduction of the NVIDIA Quadro FX and GPU rendering within SolidWorks is revolutionary,” said Ilya Mirman, vice president of marketing at SolidWorks.  “There was a time when designers debated the value of 3D over 2D; then it was solids over wireframe; shaded images over black and white; then colored solids over grayscale.  And we have consistently seen that with visualization breakthroughs, the designers' productivity and satisfaction increase.  Partnering with NVIDIA allows SolidWorks users worldwide to take advantage of this joint breakthrough.”

Like all NVIDIA Quadro products, the NVIDIA Quadro FX products feature certification support for an extensive list of CAD, DCC, and visualization applications.  NVIDIA Quadro FX products also utilize the NVIDIA® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) a set of backward and forward, top to bottom compatible graphics drivers that optimize application performance, stability, and reliability.  All NVIDIA Quadro FX products feature NVIDIA’s nView™ multi-display and OpenGL® quad-buffered stereo capability additionally extending the productivity available to all users.

NVIDIA’s new workstation graphics solutions, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000, are in volume production now and will be available from channel OEMs and distributors in early February.  For more information on NVIDIA Quadro FX products, please visit www.nvidia.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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