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NVIDIA Graphics Now Standard in a Range of Avid Video Editing Systems

HD Finishing Accelerates with Combination of NVIDIA Quadro® Graphics Products and Avid Symphony Nitris

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David Higham
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-8287
dhigham@nvidia.com

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NAB2005—LAS VEGAS—April 18, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that Avid Technology, Inc., the world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, will integrate NVIDIA technology into a range of its nonlinear editing and finishing systems, starting with its new Avid® Symphony™ Nitris® system. Professional content creators who use the Avid Symphony Nitris system will be able to harness the power of fully integrated NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 professional graphics solutions, which deliver real-time rendering and leading edge 3D effects.

"The new Avid Symphony Nitris system brings together the unmatched real-time performance of the Nitris DNA hardware with the powerful creative and editing tools of the Avid Symphony software. It’s the perfect choice for film and television postproduction professionals working in high-definition finishing environments," said Jeff Brown, general manager of professional solutions at NVIDIA. "By integrating NVIDIA digital media technology in this new finishing system, Avid will enable its customers to produce results faster and allow more time for creative exploration."

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 is the industry-leading high-end workstation graphics solution for editing and finishing video applications, outperforming competitive products in standard OpenGL workstation benchmarks. Featuring outstanding performance and precision, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 delivers 256MB frame buffer memory, up to 28.8GB/s memory bandwidth, 256-bit memory interface and support for ultra high-resolution panels up to 3840x2400.

"Avid’s customers are always searching for new ways to accomplish a greater number of creative tasks in less time. As a result, they need tools that are top-notch and that deliver fast, reliable performance," said Alan Hoff, director of product management for Post Solutions at Avid. "With the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 under the hood of both our new Avid Symphony Nitris system and the latest version of Avid DS Nitris, we’re ensuring that our customers have access to leading-edge graphics and real-time rendering capabilities. We’re excited to integrate NVIDIA technology across our nonlinear editing and finishing product line and to continue offering media professionals the most robust content creation tools in the industry."

Avid has integrated NVIDIA Quadro solutions into other products as well:

Media Composer® Adrenaline™ HD systems support:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400, 1400, and 1300 for PCI Express systems
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100 and NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL for AGP systems

NewsCutter® Adrenaline systems support:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1400 and 1300 for PCI Express systems
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100 and NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL for AGP systems

The Avid Xpress® Studio HD, Avid Xpress Pro HD, and NewsCutter XP systems support:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1400 and 1300 for PCI Express systems
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100 and 500 and the NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL for AGP systems

Both the Avid Symphony Nitris and Avid DS Nitris systems will be supported by:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 for PCI Express systems

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company’s products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of our products and use of the NVIDIA Quadro FX products in film and television postproduction applications 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, delays in ramping new products into production, manufacturing defects, incompatibility of technologies, reliance on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the semiconductor industry, delays in integration of our products, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2005. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid Technology, Inc. is the world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast professionals to work more efficiently, productively, and creatively. For more information about the company’s award-winning products and services, please visit: www.avid.com.

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Copyright © 2005 NVIDIA Corporation. Avid, Adrenaline, Avid Xpress, Media Composer, NewsCutter, Nitris, and Symphony are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.  All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.  Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.