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NVIDIA Introduces Groundbreaking New Mobile Workstation Solution


Quadro4 500 Go GL Graphics Processing Unit Capitalizes on Company’s Technological Leadership to Deliver Innovative, High-Performance Mobile Workstation Solution

Susan Austin 
NVIDIA Corporation  


SANTA CLARA, CA — APRIL 23, 2002 — Coming on the heels of the worldwide rollout of the Quadro™ 4 family of professional graphics solutions, NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today introduced the mobile version of its high-performance Quadro4 XGL series, the Quadro4 500 Go GL Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).  NVIDIA’s Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU is the fastest mobile workstation solution available today for the professional digital content creator, MCAD engineer, or financial visualization professional looking to work on the go. 

In addition to blazing performance, the Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU (// delivers workstation-specific features such as hardware accelerated antialiased lines, OpenGL® hardware overlay planes, two-sided lighting and more. NVIDIA’s Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU also delivers new and innovative features, including NVIDIA’s PowerMizer™ power saving technology, Accuview™ Antialiasing and nView™ multi-display technologies.  To round out the industry’s most complete and robust mobile workstation solution, Quadro4 500 Go GL combines an ultra-efficient memory architecture--the Lightspeed Memory Architecture II (LMA II)--with a 64MB 128-bit memory interface to provide the performance needed to drive the most robust workstation applications.  In addition, NVIDIA’s Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU features certification support for an extensive list of CAD, DCC, Non-Linear Video Editing and financial services applications.  The Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU is available immediately in the Dell™ Precision™ M50 mobile workstation (//
“NVIDIA changed the dynamics of the workstation market with the introduction of true workstation-class mobile solutions,” stated Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “By applying our economies of scale to the Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU, we continue to make high-performance, pioneering features and superior quality more accessible to design professionals on the go.”
The Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU features nView, NVIDIA’s multi-display technology that supports arrangements of analog monitors and digital flat panel displays to drastically increase a user’s working desktop.  nView’s smart and flexible interface has built-in usability features to minimize set-up and maximize productivity.  Features such as hot-key binding, smart Windows® management enhancements, and the ability to name and save up to 32 different desktop configurations make nView the most advanced, flexible and intuitive multi-display management system available.
PowerMizer, NVIDIA’s dynamic power-modulation hardware and software technology, employs a variety of power saving techniques to maximize battery life while providing optimal graphics performance.  This is achieved through dynamic voltage and frequency management to minimize power consumption, and by exposing an extensive range of customizable power management parameters to the end user.  Dedicated hardware including the integrated Video Processing Engine and the powerful graphics engine greatly reduces CPU utilization for 3D applications and DVD playback, ensuring an optimal balance between application performance and battery life is achieved.  Combined with the industry’s lowest operating voltage, the Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU delivers workstation productivity without sacrificing battery life.
Like all members of the Quadro4 family, the Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU utilizes NVIDIA’s patented Unified Driver Architecture™ (UDA), as well as its custom application drivers.  NVIDIA’s UDA provides a single driver for all of its products for forward and backward, top to bottom compatibility, and ease of installation and manageability.  The company’s custom drivers, called Quadro Applications Utilities, add even more features and performance to key applications. These utilities include NVIDIA’s MAXtremeTM driver for 3ds max™; POWERdraft™ driver for AutoCAD™; and QuadroView™ driver for professional 3D visualization.
“Discreet customers were excited to have a genuine mobile solution when NVIDIA’s Quadro2 Go GPU was released to the market,” said Phillip Miller, vice president of product management at Discreet.  “With a more powerful mobile solution chock-full of advanced workstation features, NVIDIA’s Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU will provide 3ds max artists working on a mobile computer power and performance on par with their traditional desktop workstation.”
“The entire 3D CAD industry is evolving to higher levels of sophistication in its digital product representations, whether in product modeling or in manufacturing shop floor simulation. Our initial testing reflects how NVIDIA is doing a good job of improving quality and migrating new techniques into its mobile graphics chips,” said Andrew Plescia, platform manager for EDS PLM Solutions. “The Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU will give our Solid Edge and Unigraphics users more of what they’re requesting, such as raw display performance, faster rendering techniques, and better overall display support than previous generations of these systems.  We are excited about their release to the marketplace.”
The Quadro4 500 Go GL GPU is expected to be available from additional OEMs later this year.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located 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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