NVIDIA Products Bolster Graphics Capabilities of Microsoft Windows Vista
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES)—LAS VEGAS, NV—JANUARY 06, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that it is aligning its products with Windows Vista’s ongoing development and that most of its graphics processing units (GPUs) already are compatible with the latest test versions of Windows Vista.
Windows Vista, which Microsoft is scheduled to release in the second half of this year, will mark a dramatic improvement in the way the Windows operating system takes advantage of the PC’s GPU to provide a compelling user experience. Windows Vista will feature a new Desktop Compositing Engine that can leverage the PC’s GPU to ensure that greater clarity and focus are inherent in the look, feel, and functionality of the desktop experience.
The following products are supported in the latest Windows Vista Community Technology Preview:
- NVIDIA® GeForce® FX desktop and notebook GPUs
- NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series desktop and notebook GPUs
- NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series desktop and notebook GPUs
- NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series motherboard GPUs
This list encompasses hardware and software support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing environments and industry leading technologies such as NVIDIA SLI™. In addition, the NVIDIA UDA driver architecture will be extended to Windows Vista to provide world class drivers and software.
"NVIDIA is working closely with Microsoft to identify and develop the key hardware components necessary for an optimal Windows Vista experience across a range of platforms," said Lew Wagman, strategic marketing director, NVIDIA. "We believe the GPU will become the focal point of a variety of new technologies in the Windows Vista timeframe, including HD-DVD, high-definition TV playback, and video processing."
"Windows Vista will provide consumers with an unprecedented digital entertainment and personal computing experience," said Dave Wascha, director of the Windows Vista Partner Program at Microsoft Corp. "NVIDIA products will help enable that great experience by giving consumers the means to harness the new graphics capabilities of the operating system."
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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to the benefits, capabilities, performance and features of NVIDIA graphics and multimedia technology, use of the GPU by Windows Vista to deliver a compelling experience, extension of and the purpose of the extension of the NVIDIA UDA driver architecture, the GPU as the focal point of new technologies in Windows Vista, date of launch and availability of Windows Vista, and the benefits, capabilities and future performance of Windows Vista and 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, unexpected changes in the final Windows Vista operating system prior to its launch, developments of new products and technologies by competitors prior to the launch of Windows Vista, software bugs, installation errors, delays in the launch of the new operating system, unexpected incompatibility of products and technologies, defects in partners’ products, market acceptance of a new operating system, manufacturing defects, unpredictable costs associated with the development of new products, continued acceptance and use of new technologies and products, the development and impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, 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 October 30, 2005. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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