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NVIDIA Technology Demonstrated at WinHEC 2004


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(WINHEC)—SEATTLE, WA—MAY 5, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect, Microsoft Corp., demonstrated cutting-edge NVIDIA-based technology in his keynote address yesterday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC).
Gates’ speech was titled “Seamless Computing: Hardware Advances for a New Generation of Software.” During his address, Gates demonstrated the concept of “Personal Supercomputing.” The demonstration featured a real-time fluid dynamics simulation running on a cluster of 64-bit servers. NVIDIA Quadro®-based workstations then drove a stereoscopic display with high-powered DLP (digital light processing) projectors.
The 2,500+ attendees, wearing 3D glasses supplied by NVIDIA, were able to observe the real-time analysis of water flowing through a turbine as it was calculated and then displayed in 3D on a thirty-foot screen.  In real life, such an application can provide scientists with a better representation of their research and convey complex data in new and innovative ways.
Also at WinHEC, Jim Allchin, vice president, Platforms Group, Microsoft, showcased “Always Ready,” a technology demo developed by Microsoft with NVIDIA and First International Computer, Inc. (FIC).

“Always Ready” technology allows a PC-based system to appear as if it is “shut down” — with fans turned off and chip components slowed down.  Computers in this state consume approximately 30 – 40% less power.

An “Always Ready” system delivers three important features required to bring the PC into the living room:

  • It is silent
  • It is instantly responsive
  • It is designed to complement other components of the home entertainment system.

Additionally, Brad Carpenter, director, Windows Hardware and Driver Quality, Microsoft, discussed high-definition audio and Universal Audio Architecture (UAA), a Microsoft-led initiative to provide a transparent "it just works" consumer experience and to improve the quality of audio on Windows-based PCs. In his demo, Carpenter played for the audience a song in a standard two-channel system followed by the same song in a surround-sound, seven-channel system – illustrating a dramatic difference in quality. NVIDIA is a backer of the UAA initiative.

NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at

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