NVIDIA Pioneers New Hybrid Graphics in Notebooks From Sony, Fujitsu Siemens, and BenQ

New Notebooks with NVIDIA GPUs Deliver Increased Visual Computing Performance and Longer Battery Life

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Notebook PC makers and users desire the realism and performance of a discrete graphics processing unit (GPU), but they still demand maximum battery life. Now Sony, Fujitsu Siemens, and BenQ have announced the availability of notebooks that let users dynamically switch between a discrete NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GPU and Intel Centrino 2 integrated graphics without rebooting, giving users the choice of more visual computing performance or reducing power demands to extend battery life.

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All GeForce 9M Series GPUs support the hybrid graphics feature, but the notebook must be designed to support the technology. The hybrid graphics feature is currently available in the following new notebook models:

-- Sony VAIO Z series ultra-light laptops with GeForce 9300M GS GPUs

-- Fujitsu Siemens Amilo XI 3650 entertainment laptops with GeForce 9600M GT GPUs

-- BenQ Joybook S42 ultra-light laptops with GeForce 9600M GT GPUs

To boost battery life, the hybrid graphics equipped notebooks allow users to select between the NVIDIA GeForce GPU and the integrated graphics in the Intel chipset. Users can choose between the lightning-fast 3D performance delivered by the NVIDIA GeForce GPU for visually intensive applications or improved stamina using the integrated Intel graphics. For applications like word processing and email, which don't require performance graphics, battery life can last more than five hours on the Sony Z series. And, most importantly, the switch can be made without rebooting the machine.

Enabling the seamless dynamic switching between the different hardware architectures of the GeForce GPU and Intel Centrino 2 in laptops was a collaborative effort between NVIDIA, Intel and notebook makers. "Engineering hybrid graphics was a significant effort between all involved, but the end result was worth it," said Rene Haas, general manager of the notebook business at NVIDIA. "Now consumers can experience a new breed of laptops that eliminates the compromise between battery life and visual computing performance."

For more information about NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, please visit http://www.nvidia.com.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce graphics products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro(R) graphics products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla(TM) computing solutions products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the benefits, impact, performance, capabilities of NVIDIA GeForce 9M Series GPUs and hybrid graphics; and users' preferences and demands are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into notebook systems; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble and test our products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences and demands; the impact of technological development and competition; consumer adoption of competitor's products; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended July 27, 2008. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

Copyright(R) 2008 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce, Quadro, Tesla, and SLI are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Web site: http://www.nvidia.com/




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