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NVIDIA GeForce FX Breaks the 1GHz Speed Barrier with Samsung DDR II Graphics Memory


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FALL COMDEX 2002—LAS VEGAS, NV—NOVEMBER 18, 2002—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today raised the performance bar in graphics performance by being the first graphics solution with one gigahertz (1GHz) double data rate (DDR) II synchronous RAM.  Working closely with Samsung Electronics Corporation, the leading DDR memory manufacturer, NVIDIA and the new NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing unit (GPU) uses 1GHz DDR II graphics memory devices—doubling the bandwidth, and providing the industry’s fastest frame rates at higher resolutions and higher color depths than ever before.  Furthering its track record of graphics technology leadership, the NVIDIA GeForce FX GPU will be the first graphics solution to ship with next generation high-speed DDR II memory.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide realistic, interactive, cinematic-quality graphics to the PC industry,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA.  “By combining Samsung’s advanced memory technology with the ground-breaking architecture of the GeForce FX GPU, we are a major step closer to achieving this goal.”

“Samsung is pleased to be working with NVIDIA to develop and bring to production next-generation memories that will enable cinematic computing,” said Tom Quinn, vice president of marketing at Samsung.  “The integration of Samsung’s advanced 1GHz DDR II memory technology into NVIDIA’s line of graphics processing units establishes a new milestone and is ideally suited for the high bandwidth requirements of 3D graphics.”

Samsung Electronics currently holds over 40% of the world graphics DRAM market. The company started mass production of its 128Mbit, 1GHz graphics DDR II DRAM in the fourth quarter of 2002.

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