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NVIDIA Sets New Price/Performance Standard With New Quadro2 EX Workstation GPU.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2001

NVIDIA Quadro2 EX Delivers Unrivaled Performance and Support for

Entry-Level 3D OpenGL Applications and Business Graphics

Broadening the accessibility to its award-winning family of workstation products, NVIDIA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) announced today the Quadro2(TM) EX, a high-value, entry-level workstation graphics solution. The new Quadro2 EX complements the Quadro2 family of workstation solutions by combining NVIDIA's professional-strength 2D and 3D performance, comprehensive application support and industry-leading quality at unprecedented price points.

"NVIDIA is broadening its product range to provide the right solutions for anyone using or delivering professional graphics," said Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "The Quadro2 EX is a potent combination of our latest graphics technology at an aggressive price point, offering a compelling entry-level workstation graphics solution for end-users looking for true professional-quality and performance."

The Quadro2 EX is powered by NVIDIA's award-winning, second-generation workstation graphics technology with horsepower to drive up to 350 million pixels per second or 700 million texels per second-making it the fastest workstation solution in its category. NVIDIA Quadro2 EX's 350MHz RAMDAC enables vibrant images at resolutions up to 2048x1536. With 32MB of 128-bit DDR memory and 2.7 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth, the Quadro2 EX delivers real-time frame rates with 32-bit color at high resolutions.

The Quadro2 EX offers many advanced features for professionals, including NVIDIA's Digital Vibrance Control(TM) (DVC) for fine-tuned workspace color adjustment, and the NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer(TM) (NSR) that enables single-pass advanced per-pixel shading operations. With industry-leading 2D performance, the Quadro2 EX is the ideal solution for corporate users and financial industry professionals looking for no-compromise stability and performance. The Quadro2 EX ships with NVIDIA's unified driver architecture (UDA), which allows forward-and-backward as well as top-to-bottom compatibility, greatly reducing support costs by simplifying system maintenance. UDA is found only in NVIDIA technology. The Quadro EX's power is unleashed by NVIDIA's series of custom application drivers featuring key enhancements vital to graphics professionals, including the ELSA(R) MAXtreme(TM) driver for 3ds max(TM), the ELSA POWERdraft(TM) driver for AutoCAD(TM) and the QuadroView(TM) driver for professional MCAD 3D visualization.

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

NVIDIA's Quadro2 solutions not only support Windows(R) 98 and Windows 2000 operating systems, but are also binary-compatible with NVIDIA's consumer products. As such, Quadro2 solutions provide a single "develop and deploy" platform for workstation professionals, ensuring content developed using a Quadro2 solution will also run on other popular consumer graphics solutions utilizing NVIDIA chipsets. Quadro2 EX is expected to be available at retail and in systems from leading PC OEMs in May 2001.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA), based in Santa Clara, 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.

Certain statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Note to Editors: Registered trademark NVIDIA(R) Corporation, 2001. All company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

If you are interested in viewing additional information on NVIDIA, please visit the NVIDIA Web page at http://www.nvidia.com/News.nsf on NVIDIA's corporate information pages.
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