NVIDIA Quadro(R) FX 4500 Delivers Fundamental Breakthrough in Advanced Graphics

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 graphics processing unit (GPU), a solution offering fifty percent more horsepower(1) than the previous generation high-end product. NVIDIA(R) SLI(TM) multi-GPU technology featured in the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 enables a number of unique capabilities:

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     --   Support for 32x full-scene antialiasing (FSAA) delivering superior
          image quality
     --   Support for up to four dual-link high-resolution displays with a
          single system
     --   Multiple GPUs matched with the NVIDIA Quadro G-Sync option board

"NVIDIA Quadro capabilities, like framelock, genlock, and multi-GPU, really set these solutions apart from anything else in the industry," said Mats W. Johansson, president of EON Reality. "For example, our EON design software is seeing a 100% performance increase with SLI running in Frame Rendering mode by combining the power of two NVIDIA Quadro boards and the NVIDIA Quadro G-Sync option board to drive large product display powerwalls."

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 offers a combination of features, including a unified 512MB frame buffer memory and SLI technology support, with a new architecture that increases raw performance for a solution that brings a new level of graphics computing power. The result is that a much broader range of customers now have access to advanced graphics systems that were previously only available in cost prohibitive and proprietary workstation solutions. A long list of standard features, such as a 128-bit floating point frame buffer and 12-bit sub-pixel precision, has made the NVIDIA Quadro the most widely deployed professional graphics solution in the industry(2).

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3450 GPU, also introduced today, offers an excellent mix of price and performance for customers looking to widely deploy a more cost-effective solution. This single slot card also supports SLI Frame Rendering mode, which allows the power of two of these cards to be combined in a single system to drive a single high resolution display. It supports SLI Multi View mode as well, which allows users to pair any two NVIDIA Quadro FX PCI Express boards in a workstation and drive up to four high resolution displays.

HP is offering both of the latest NVIDIA Quadro boards in the HP xw9300 and HP xw4300 Workstations. "HP is committed to providing customers with high-performance availability for their professional graphics needs, while delivering impressive scalability, performance and reliability," said Will Wade, workstations product manager at HP. "We work closely with the NVIDIA Professional Solutions Group to help ensure our customers have the most advanced graphics solutions available."

The NVIDIA Quadro boards are now available widely through leading OEMs, including HP, leading workstation system integrators, including Alienware and BOXX Technologies, and NVIDIA channel partners PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC), and Elsa (Japan). For more information on this and the full lineup of NVIDIA professional solutions, please visit www.nvidia.com/quadro.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company's products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,100 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including the features, capabilities, benefits and performance of our new products and technologies and availability to a larger number of potential customers 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, delays in ramping new products into production, software bugs, incompatibility of technologies, general industry trends, market acceptance of new technologies and products, increases in the price of our products or prohibitive pricing of products and technologies, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, our dependence on third-party developers publishers, OEMs and channel partners and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 1, 2005. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

NOTE: All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

(1) Based on a 50% increase in the number of shader processing pipelines compared to the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400

(2) Based on Q1'05 sales figures posted by IDC in April 2005

CONTACT: David Higham of NVIDIA Corporation, +1-408-486-8287, or
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