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NVIDIA Partners and Customers "Get Ready" for Microsoft Windows Vista

 
 

Three generations of NVIDIA® GPUs to be Windows Vista Premium Certified offer customers a high-quality computing experience with Microsoft's upcoming operating system

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NVIDIA Corporation
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SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 12, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced support for the Microsoft "Certified for Windows Vista" logo program and the certification of an extensive line of graphics processing units (GPUs). The program, the latest in a series of milestones leading up to the launch of Windows Vista, identifies the industry partners working closely with Microsoft to help educate consumers so they make the best choices when buying or upgrading their PC.

"We offer the broadest range of products, from low-priced mainstream GeForce® solutions to those found in the ultimate gaming PCs, that are now available and certified as ready for Windows Vista," said Lew Wagman, strategic marketing director at NVIDIA. "Our customers can purchase these graphics cards and know that they will be equipped to handle all the amazing new 3D visual aspects of Windows Vista, as well as an ever increasing list of GPU accelerated mainstream applications now available."

"The Certified for Windows Vista logo program helps people identify hardware that works optimally with Windows Vista-based PCs," said Dave Wascha, director of partner marketing for Windows Vista at Microsoft Corp. "NVIDIA GPU products help bring to life the 3-D graphics possible with Windows Vista, typifying customers with the great experiences that the Certified for Windows Vista logo promises."

NVIDIA will offer broad support for Windows Vista, certifying three generations of GPUs, from the latest GeForce 7 series to the GeForce FX series, launched back in 2002. Additionally, partners including BFG, EVGA and XFX will offer NVIDIA products Certified for Windows Vista at major retailers like Best Buy, Circuit City and Fry's Electronics. This level of support is key as it helps both consumers looking to buy a new PC as well as those looking to either upgrade a current PC or confirm that the PC they have is ready for Windows Vista.

"NVIDIA provides Alienware with a broad toolbox of powerful graphics solutions that are perfectly suited to take advantage of the breathtaking graphics capability that Windows Vista will offer consumers, particularly in the gaming and high performance PC space," said Frank Azor, Senior Vice President of Alienware's Product Group. "As one of the early leaders in promoting the performance virtues of the SLI™ technology architecture, the strong partnership between Alienware and NVIDIA is one of the core reasons why Alienware continues to be a brand of choice for those consumers seeking the most powerful graphics solutions available."

Microsoft is providing a host of resources to help consumers "Get Ready" for Windows Vista. The Certified for Windows Vista logo is the latest in a series of programs and tools designed to help consumers learn more about their options when planning for the move to Windows Vista. For more details and to see how to configure a new PC or upgrade a current PC for Vista, visit www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/.

"NVIDIA provides us with all the tools and support to bring consumers the broadest selection of graphics cards for their Windows Vista-based PCs," said Andrew Han, President at EVGA. "Windows Vista is the first operating system that requires a GPU to get the best end user experience and in offering three generations of NVIDIA products, we are able to provide our customers the right product for their PC."

NVIDIA products and software drivers are part of the ecosystem for computers running the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and have been designed and tested in common configurations. Customers recognize that the Windows Logo and Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)-certified graphics driver identify products that are easy to install and work well with Microsoft Windows operating systems.

For a complete list of NVIDIA solutions for Windows Vista, please visit http://www.nvidia.com/windowsvista.

About NVIDIA
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 features, benefits, capabilities and performance of NVIDIA GPUs, the performance of NVIDIA GPUs when running Windows Vista, NVIDIA support for Windows Vista and Windows Vista are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: difficulties in the development of new and enhanced products; loss in performance when products are integrated; slower than anticipated adoption of Windows Vista; market or customer acceptance of a competitor's product instead of ours; software or hardware defects; our reliance on third-party manufacturers; the impact of technological development and competition; changes in industry standards and interfaces as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2006. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.




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