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NVIDIA Supports Itanium-Based, High-Performance Workstations; Quadro2 GPUs Optimized for New Itanium-based Workstation Solutions.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 13, 2001

NVIDIA(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced today that its Quadro2 family of workstation solutions has been optimized to deliver high-performance graphics on the new Intel(R) Itanium(TM) processor. NVIDIA has added several optimizations to NVIDIA's unified driver architecture (UDA) to exploit the 64-bit addressing, floating-point performance and the Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing(TM) (EPIC) features introduced in the Intel Itanium architecture.

"The raw performance of the Intel Itanium processor provides the horsepower needed by workstation professionals," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "With the addition of a Quadro2, OEMs and end-users can expect a one-two punch of excellent performance."

"The NVIDIA Quadro2 family offers Itanium-based workstation customers a high-performance video option," said Lisa Hambrick, Director, Intel Itanium Processor Family Marketing. "We are pleased that NVIDIA has ported its Quadro solutions to the Intel Itanium-based platform to enable workstation users to benefit from both performance and stability while running demanding technical workstation applications."

Quadro2 graphics solutions feature 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. With UDA technology, NVIDIA's optimizations for the Intel Itanium processor also benefit NVIDIA's popular Quadro family of workstation solutions. UDA is found only in NVIDIA technologies. The Quadro2'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. 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.

For more information on the Intel Itanium processor visit http://www.intel.com/itanium.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), based 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.

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.

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