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NVIDIA Announces Design Wins for Industry-Leading GeForce 256 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)


Retail Partners Creative Labs, ELSA, Guillemot, Canopus, ASUSTeK, and Leadtek to Add New Products Based on Industry's First GPU
PALM SPRINGS, CA – AUGUST 31, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that six of the top independent graphic accelerator manufacturers have selected the recently announced GeForce 256™ graphics processing unit (GPU) for their add-in-card product lines. Creative Technology, Ltd., ELSA Inc., Guillemot Corporation, Canopus Co. Ltd., ASUSTeK Computer Inc. and Leadtek Research Inc. have all announced their intention to ship new, highly anticipated graphics boards based on NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU. The first graphics cards will be available on retail shelves beginning in late September.

"The enthusiasm that the GeForce 256 GPU has received has been overwhelming as evidenced by the incredibly positive response that our board partners have shown," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA president and CEO. "Having boards available on retail shelves so soon after announcing the GeForce 256 GPU is a testament to the ability of our partners ability to deliver new solutions ahead of market expectations. These GeForce 256-based boards are the highest performing, most feature-rich graphics products ever."

By adding the GeForce 256 GPU to NVIDIA's already successful product line, the industry's top add-in-card manufacturers will be able to deliver more complex, lifelike images; rich, realistic environments; enhanced artificial intelligence; and physics than ever before possible on a desktop PC. With the ability to deliver an unprecedented 15 million triangles per second and 480 million pixels per second, users experience a whole new level of visual realism.

The GeForce 256 GPU takes full advantage of all of the breakthrough features of Microsoft's® new DirectX® 7.0 application programming interface (API), and provides full support for OpenGL®. The combination of GeForce 256 and feature-rich APIs delivers the best quality graphics for entertainment, education, business and e-commerce applications and guarantees a new level of performance.

The GeForce 256 GPU supports up to 128MB of frame buffer memory and AGP 4X with Fast Writes to support the storage of high-quality 3D textures and a 350MHz RAMDAC, to drive the most extreme resolutions, color depths and ergonomic refresh rates, up to 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz. In addition to DirectX support, the GeForce 256 GPU provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 2000 and Windows NT®.

"With the announcement of the GeForce 256 GPU, NVIDIA continues to extend its leadership in innovative graphics technology," said Steve Mosher, vice president of Graphics Business, Creative Labs. "The combination of NVIDIA's technology leadership and Creative's market leadership, will result in a compelling new graphics card for hard core gamers this holiday season." 
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world's leading supplier of performance 3D graphics processors, is the only independent top-to-bottom supplier of 3D graphics solutions for mainstream PCs. NVIDIA designs, markets and sells an award-winning family of 3D processors, delivering industry-leading performance and visual quality for a broad range of PC-based applications, including enterprise visualization, e-commerce, e-business, education and entertainment. Used by the top PC OEMs in the world, NVIDIA's products are distributed through a worldwide channel that includes PC OEM, add-in card and motherboard partners in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at //
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