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NVIDIA Targets PC OEM and System Integrator Market With New Family of GPU Motherboard Solutions

 
 

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NVIDIA Corporation
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 SANTA CLARA, CA—SEPTEMBER 20, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today unveiled the Company’s latest core-logic motherboard solutions—targeted at the integrated computing markets—combining new NVIDIA nForce™ 400 media and communications processors (MCPs) with a new line of the Company’s GeForce™6 series graphics processing units (GPUs).

Developed for AMD64-based computing platforms, the family of NVIDIA nForce 400 MCPs and GeForce 6100 GPUs provide the world’s leading motherboard manufacturers, including ASUSTeK, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Epox, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Jetway, MSI, and Shuttle, with the first and only GPU motherboard solutions designed to:

  • Deliver high-definition video playback and output to high-definition televisions
  • Leverage the GeForce6 graphics core that supports both Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 and Shader Model 3 (SM3.0) and
  • Provide other important digital media functionality, including secure networking and secure storage, features important to today’s mainstream users

With the NVIDIA nForce 400 and GeForce 6100 products forming the technological foundation for the motherboard, global OEMs and system builders are now able to design affordable, flexible, and innovative solutions for a variety of PC platforms, including mainstream offerings for Microsoft Media Center, convergence digital media products in unique, small form-factors, and small office, home office solutions. In addition, system builders and OEMs can promote their systems as being “HD Ready” by integrating DVI and component outputs directly on the PC for hassle-free connection to a high definition display or television.

This is made possible by integration of NVIDIA® Pure Video™ technology, whose hardware acceleration engine enables smooth playback of HD video, including Windows Media 9- and MPEG 2-based footage, with minimal CPU overhead. NVIDIA PureVideo technology also delivers advanced video features to the PC—including advanced de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and high-quality scaling—rivaling that of high-end consumer electronics DVD players.

“Over the last few years, our discrete NVIDIA nForce products have completely redefined the high-end enthusiast space, allowing us to achieve a significant market share position, but with this new product introduction we are focused on an equally important segment—the integrated mainstream market serviced most commonly with PC OEMs and system integrators,” said Drew Henry, general manager of platform product at NVIDIA. “We are confident that our new NVIDIA nForce 400 series of MCPs combined with our new GeForce 6100 series of GPUs will provide the only viable foundation for powering today’s digital media and high-definition video-centric PC platforms.”

“NVIDIA’s chipset and graphics innovation coupled with AMD64 technology continues to set new standards of excellence,” said Emile Ianni, corporate vice president, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure Development, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. “Today’s announcement showcases NVIDIA’s commitment to extend to integrated solutions the leading-edge performance available until now only through discrete solutions. We are helping system integrators and OEMs offer their customers feature-rich AMD64 platforms for a variety of markets, including Media Center PCs, digital media PCs, small office/home office and home theater convergence products.”

NVIDIA nForce 400 and GeForce 6100-based systems will be available from worldwide system builders in October. Additional product information and specific partner availability will be made at that time.

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

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the features, benefits, performance and capabilities of the NVIDIA nForce 400 MCP and the GeForce 6100, anticipated cost and expected date of availability 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 or software defects, reliance on third party manufacturers, market acceptance of our technology, continued development of computer graphics and next generation computer games, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, development of other dual core technology, development of more effective or efficient graphics processing units, lack of demand for more advanced graphics processing units, 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-Q for the quarter ended May 1, 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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