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NVIDIA Unleashes New Detonator FX


Unified Driver Architecture Delivers Increased Performance and Improved Image Quality for all NVIDIA Graphics Products

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Brian Burke
NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 14, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today released the NVIDIA® Detonator™ FX unified drivers for the Company’s award-winning line of desktop, mobile, and workstation graphics processing units (GPUs). The NVIDIA Detonator FX is based on the Company’s world-renowned Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)—the industry’s only true binary-compatible software architecture. This architecture is built to ensure software compatibility and stability, enabling the industry’s most reliable graphics platform.

The NVIDIA Detonator FX drivers deliver significant performance increases and improved image quality, and provide a robust suite of software applications designed to extend and enhance the visual computing experience. Detonator FX provides up to a 30% increase  in 3D graphics performance in real-world gaming benchmarks, and works with the entire line of NVIDIA GPUs— from the brand new GeForce™ FX GPUs, all the way back to the five-year-old TNT™ GPUs.

“NVIDIA’s software advantage is the key driver of customer and developer loyalty,” stated Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “The GeForce FX series of GPUs has set the bar for performance, quality, and features, and with the new Detonator FX we are giving our customers a way to get even more performance and features from their existing graphics cards by simply downloading software from our Web site.”

Along with the increase in rendering performance, Detonator FX delivers improved anisotropic filtering, taking NVIDIA GPUs to new and unmatched levels of image quality.  Based on feedback received from industry pundits, NVIDIA’s driver software algorithms deliver crisper, sharper textures, and more vibrant pictures.

“Along with a considerable performance bump in key applications, NVIDIA takes great strides in the image quality department with Detonator FX,” said Kyle Bennett, editor in chief of HardOCP ( “In my opinion, the image quality NVIDIA delivers with Detonator FX is second to none.”

Included with the Detonator FX is a complete suite of NVIDIA software applications, including:

  • nView™ 2.0 multi-display technology – to increase productivity and provide the necessary tools to control the way users access and view applications.
  • NVRotate™ technology – enabling image rotation on today’s advanced flat panel displays.
  • NVKeystone™ technology – allowing for real-time image correction on portable projectors and heads-up displays
  • Digital Vibrance Control™ (DVC) 3.0 technology – allowing users to adjust color controls to achieve accurate, brighter colors under all conditions.

Detonator FX offers unmatched support for the OpenGL® and the Microsoft® DirectX® application program interfaces (APIs)—allowing developers to create content that fully leverages the hardware features of NVIDIA GPUs. Detonator FX supports the entire TNT, TNT2, GeForce, GeForce2, GeForce3, GeForce4, and GeForce FX consumer line of GPUs, NVIDIA nForce™ and NVIDIA nForce2 platform processors, as well as the NVIDIA Quadro®, NVIDIA Quadro2, NVIDIA Quadro4, NVIDIA Quadro DCC and NVIDIA Quadro FX solutions geared for professional workstation users. Through UDA, NVIDIA software drivers are compatible with past, present, and future NVIDIA GPUs, and are top-to-bottom compatible with all currently manufactured versions of NVIDIA GPUs.

The NVIDIA Detonator FX drivers are free of charge, and available for download today at

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 game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at

Certain statements in this press release, including any 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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