NVIDIA Demonstrates Technology Alignment with Microsoft at WinHEC

NVIDIA® Graphics Processors Support “Longhorn,” Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, and Windows XP Media Center PC Edition

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WINHEC 2005—SEATTLE, WA—APRIL 25, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that it is a sponsor of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), an event that brings the PC industry together each year to explore the future for the Windows platform.

“NVIDIA’s participation in WinHEC is important to Microsoft because of the growing role of powerful graphics and 64-bit platforms to support key initiatives including ‘Longhorn’ and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition,” said Brian Marr, senior product manager of Windows at Microsoft Corp. “We value our relationship with NVIDIA and look forward to continued collaboration.”

Through its strategic relationship with Microsoft, NVIDIA is developing products that help provide a platform for the latest Microsoft technology including: 

  • “Longhorn”: The NVIDIA GeForce™ 6 Series of graphics processing units (GPUs) is a key component for maximizing Longhorn’s graphics-intensive, 3D user interface.
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition: NVIDIA 64-bit unified driver architecture and PureVideo™ technology give application developers the tools they need to create applications such as HD Video Editors and Digital Video Recorders that leverage 64-bit Windows technology. 
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition: NVIDIA nForce™ media and communications processors (MCPs), GeForce 6 GPUs, NVTV™ PC Tuner Cards, PureVideo technology, and system optimization software provide the foundation for OEMs and system builders to create silent high-definition Media Center PCs in unique form factors at compelling price points.

“NVIDIA and Microsoft are working closely together to drive innovation on the Windows platform and provide new functionality that enhances the overall customer experience,” said Lew Wagman, strategic marketing manager at NVIDIA. “This positions NVIDIA technology as an integral part of Microsoft’s key platforms, including ‘Longhorn,’ Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, and Windows XP Media Center PC Edition.”

NVIDIA Activities at WinHEC

  • Internet Café: The NVIDIA and AMD-sponsored Internet Café provides attendees access to 200 systems powered by NVIDIA nForce MCPs and GeForce 6600 GPUs with TurboCache technology, running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
  • Gaming Zone: The NVIDIA, AMD, Alienware, and Microsoft-sponsored Gaming Zone showcases top-of-the-line 64-bit gaming PCs powered by award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 6800 SLI GPUs. NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra cards will be among the prizes for the Gaming Tournament. 

NVIDIA Speaking Events at WinHEC
NVIDIA technical experts will lead a series of tutorials and discussions for Windows engineers. Topics include: 

  • “Evolving the PC Platform: Chipset Directions for 2005 and Beyond,” presented by Mark Overby (Tuesday, April 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.)
  • “Designing Next-Generation Media Center PCs,” presented by Scott Vouri (Tuesday, April 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • “PCI Express: Spurring New Directions in Graphics,” presented by Barry Wagner (Wednesday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

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 2,100 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at http://www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the benefits and results of the strategic relationship between NVIDIA and Microsoft and the benefits and performance of the use of certain NVIDIA technology with Microsoft technology, including new functionality, 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, continuation of the strategic relationship between the companies, delays in ramping new products into production, demand for new functionality, acceptance of new products by the market, manufacturing defects, incompatibility of technologies, general industry trends, delays in integration of 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.

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