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NVIDIA Establishes Industry's First Workstation-Class Mobile GPU

NVIDIA’s Quadro2 Go Enables Professional Graphics on a Notebook Computer and Expands Market Opportunity

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SIGGRAPH 2001 – LOS ANGELES, CA — AUGUST 14, 2001 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) introduced today Quadro2™ Go, the industry’s first graphics processing unit (GPU) that allows engineers, animators and technical professionals to achieve higher-levels of real-time interactivity on a mobile platform.  NVIDIA’s Quadro2 Go sets a new standard for 2D and 3D performance in professional applications, and offers the features, rendering precision, and certifications critical to workstation customers – bringing desktop workstation performance and quality to the mobile computing market. 

“There is a clear need for mobile 3D workstations,” stated Jensen Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA.  “Quadro2 Go-enabled laptops will transform the way design professionals work.  Armed with a powerful mobile workstation, design engineers and artists are now able to create whenever and wherever they are inspired.  And be able to demonstrate their work to customers and collaborators wherever they may be.”

“By introducing a mobile GPU with the power, features and certifications required for professional applications, NVIDIA is essentially creating a new market category in the workstation segment,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates, a leading market research firm.  “The ability to take professional applications on the road will be a jump start to a workstation market.”

NVIDIA’s Quadro2 Go is the first mobile GPU with graphics powerful enough to run resource-intensive workstation applications.  Quadro2 Go has been optimized for stability and performance for all major OpenGL and DirectX professional applications, allowing them to run smoothly on a mobile computer without sacrificing battery life.  In addition, these applications also benefit from Quadro2 Go’s second-generation transform and lighting engine, accelerated antialiased lines, accelerated two-sided lighting, OpenGL overlay support, and optimized window memory management.  Quadro2 Go also utilizes NVIDIA’s series of custom application drivers with feature and performance enhancements vital to graphics professionals, including the ELSA® MAXtremeTM driver for 3ds maxTM, the ELSA POWERdraftTM driver for AutoCADTM ,NVIDIA’s QuadroViewTM driver for professional 3D visualization, and PowerMizer for dynamic power management.

Quadro2 Go offers full certification support for an extensive list of professional applications, including 3ds max, AutoCAD, Catia™, I-DEAS™, Lightwave™, Maya™, Mechanical Desktop™, MicroStation™, Pro/Engineer™, Softimage™, Solid Edge™, Solidworks™, Unigraphics™ and many more. 

“Quadro2 Go offers a no compromise solution for Maya users working away from their traditional workstation desktop,” said Bill Buxton, chief scientist at Alias|Wavefront.  “Quadro2 Go’s advanced feature set and desktop class performance, uniquely provides artists with a distinct advantage regardless of their creative environment.”

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has chosen the new Quadro2 Go for their Celsius line of notebook PCs.  Fujitsu Siemens and other OEMs will be offering the Quadro2 Go in the fall of 2001.

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), based in Santa Clara, CA., is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education.

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