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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SANTA CLARA, CA - March 13, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) reported today that NVIDIA GPUs enabled users to get a sneak peek of the new Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Aero interface during Intel’s Developer Forum 2006 in San Francisco last week. Early preview versions of the new operating system were running on Dell™ XPS™ notebooks powered by NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) used on all of the 24 IDF Connect Internet kiosks. NVIDIA graphics solutions were also exclusively featured in more than a dozen desktop PCs running Windows Vista at the Microsoft booth.Windows Vista is the next-generation version of Microsoft Windows that is expected to ship later this year. While computers with inadequate 3D graphics capabilities will experience a plain user interface similar to the current Windows XP, PCs equipped with advanced 3D GPUs, like those from NVIDIA, will experience a visually-enhanced environment referred to as Windows Aero. This improved interface is said to have a more aesthetically-pleasing and productivity-enhancing user interface complete with glass-like transparency effects. The entire Windows Vista user experience is enhanced when it is run on a computer equipped with a dedicated GPU.
Modern NVIDIA GPUs from the GeForce® 7, GeForce 6, and GeForce FX series for desktop and notebooks PCs are all designed with Windows Vista in mind, to provide users with a premium Windows Vista experience.
Even though Windows Vista is not expected to ship until the second half of 2006, Microsoft is already providing users with early versions of the operating system for testing to ensure that Windows Vista is solid and reliable. NVIDIA is working closely with Microsoft during development and testing of Windows Vista to reach this goal. For more information on what NVIDIA is doing with Windows Vista, please visit www.nvidia.com/windowsvista.
NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the expected release and shipment of Windows Vista, the benefit and performance of running Windows Vista on a PC with a dedicated GPU, the performance of Windows Vista on PCs powered by NVIDIA GPUs, and the benefits of NVIDIA working with Microsoft, 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, changes to the Windows Vista operating system before it is released, delays in ramping new products into production, loss of performance when products are used together, acceptance of new products and technologies by the market, development of new technologies, manufacturing or software defects, incompatibility of technologies, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the semiconductor industry, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, and other risks detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal year ended October 30, 2005. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.