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FEBRUARY 20, 2007—NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world’s first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.
Microsoft DirectX 10 is included with Windows Vista and delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for games, all rendered in real-time on NVIDIA GeForce 8-series GPUs. GeForce 8-series GPUs are the first and only Microsoft DirectX 10-capable GPUs currently available.
The new ForceWare 100.65 drivers support GeForce 6-, 7-, and 8-series NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GPUs now meet the Vista Premium Device Logo requirements, in addition to GeForce 6- and 7-series GPUs which previously met the requirements.
The new drivers can be downloaded from: http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GPUs are the reference GPUs of DirectX 10 application developers as they create and test groundbreaking next-generation content. Several of the most anticipated titles for 2007—including Crysis (published by Electronic Arts), Hellgate London (EA/Namco), World in Conflict (Sierra Entertainment), and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Funcom)—are designed on NVIDIA hardware to exploit the new features of DirectX 10. Several other titles are being adapted to support DirectX10 features, including Company of Heroes, Eve Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
NVIDIA GeForce 8-series GPUs include all required hardware functionality defined in the Microsoft Direct3D® 10 specifications, with full support for the DirectX 10 unified shader instruction set and Shader Model 4 capabilities.
GeForce 8 Series GPUS include:
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 benefits, impact, performance, pricing and features of GeForce 8800 Series graphics cards; the benefits, capabilities and performance of Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft DirectX 10; and the most anticipated gaming titles for 2007 and expected release dates 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, delays in ramping new products into production; software bugs; manufacturing defects; delays in manufacturing or delivery of products; developments of new products and technologies by competitors; unexpected loss of performance when system builders integrate NVIDIA products and technologies; continued acceptance and use of new technologies and products; the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives; 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 October 29, 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.