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NVIDIA Broadens Market Reach with Vanta 3D Processor


Vanta Design Wins Highlight CeBit '99 
CEBIT – HANNOVER, GERMANY – MARCH 22, 1999 – At CeBit today, NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) officially launched the NVIDIA Vanta graphics processor designed specifically for value-conscious users. This low-cost, highly integrated graphics processor will allow add-in-card vendors and OEM's to provide a graphic processor, complete with breakthrough 3D and industry leading 2D performance, for their entry-level add-in-card and motherboard solutions. Combined with the previously announced Detonator drivers, NVIDIA provides software compatibility across its entire product line.
"Vanta brings NVIDIA's award-winning architecture to the mass market," said Jeff Fisher, vice-president of sales at NVIDIA. "Vanta's unique combination of high-performance graphics and extremely aggressive pricing allows our OEM's and system builders to deliver NVIDIA's industry-leading graphics processors to two markets not currently being addressed by our RIVA-based family."

NVIDIA Vanta has already been met with immediate success. 10 companies, including A-Open, Asustek, ELSA, Diamond Multimedia, Gainward, Gigabyte, Guillemot, Leadtek, Mirostar, Prolink and Yuan Yuan will be demonstrating their new Vanta-based products for the first time at Cebit '99 in Hannover, Germany. These companies are estimated to deliver over one-third of the graphics products to the worldwide systems builder market.
"Vanta's advanced graphics engine packed in a compact package provides a great solution to the integrated graphics on the motherboard," said Jason Cheng, vice president of engineering at Asustek. "Vanta is unique in that it meets our cost requirements for a entry-level graphics solution but doesn't compromise on features, quality or performance."

In addition to the above manufacturers, look for future announcements based on NVIDIA's Vanta from additional add-in-card vendors and OEM's through out the coming months.

This latest addition to the NVIDIA family is a low-cost, 128-bit TwiN Texel, highly integrated 2D/3D graphics processor, designed specifically for the value-conscious users. Leveraging the RIVA TNT2 core architecture, NVIDIAVanta delivers breakthrough 3D and industry leading 2D graphics performance, making it the ideal solution for 1999 value desktops. In addition to its outstanding graphics capabilities, the NVIDIA Vanta provides complete support for video, software and hardware DVD playback as well as the latest system technologies such as AGP4X and flat panel displays.

The NVIDIA Vanta graphics processor is perfect for small and medium business users who require a high-performance 2D platform and for corporate users who also have data-intensive visualization demands. NVIDIA Vanta will be WHQL certified for Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.5, Windows 98 and Windows 95. The drivers for Vanta are forward and backward compatible with the Detonator Driver family. Reliability, compatibility, performance and quality at a low-cost are the reasons why NVIDIA Vanta is the product of choice for leading OEMs and system builders.

Pricing and Availability
The NVIDIA Vanta graphics processor will be priced at $19.00 in 10,000 unit quantities. The NVIDIA Vanta is sampling now and in will be in full production this quarter.
NVIDIA Processors
The RIVA family of 3D/2D processors, the RIVA TNT2(TM), RIVA TNT(TM), RIVA 128ZX(TM) and the RIVA 128(TM) is the first family of high performance processors for the performance mainstream PC market. The RIVA processors utilize a 128-bit pipeline to support the computational throughput required for current and future graphically intense applications. The NVIDIA Vanta(TM) 3D/2D processor is the first in a family of 3D processors designed for the enterprise PC market. Based on the award winning RIVA TNT architecture, the NVIDIA Vanta processor is designed for Windows 2000 and the burgeoning market for enterprise visualization applications. By leveraging its graphics technology and massive gate counts, all NVIDIA processors are able to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration in single chip solutions. NVIDIA processors are optimized for both Direct3D(TM) and OpenGL(TM).
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) designs, markets and sells a complete family of award-winning 3D processors that deliver industry-leading performance and visual quality for a broad range of PC applications, including: enterprise visualization, e-commerce, e-business, entertainment and education. Corporate headquarters are located in California: 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, California 95051. For more information visit the Company's web site at //
Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially. Factors that may effect NVIDIA's actual results include the impact of competitive products and pricing, technological changes in products and components, the ability to timely and successfully develop and produce in volume new products and modifications to existing products, market acceptance of new products and modifications to existing products and conditions in the PC market. Further information on factors that could affect the financial results of NVIDIA is included in the Registration Statement on Form S-1, dated January 22, 1999, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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