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NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6 GPUs Receive Industry Acclaim

 
 

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NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6 GPUs Receive Industry Acclaim

Latest Market Share Numbers from Mercury Research and Jon Peddie Research Show NVIDIA GPU Market Share on the Rise

BANGALORE, INDIA — February 2nd, 2005 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that its GeForce™ 6 graphics processing units (GPUs) for desktop and mobile PCs have won over 150 editorial awards and have achieved a marked increase in unit sales. This momentum is the result of technology innovations, performance and compatibility with today’s hottest games.

According to Mercury Research, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of calendar year 2004, NVIDIA achieved a quarter-to-quarter unit growth increase of over 20% for total GPU unit shipments, which included an increase of 25.9% in mobile GPU sales. According to the report, NVIDIA holds 67% of the Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 performance GPU market share and 53% of the overall DirectX 9.0 GPU market share.

An additional report released Monday by leading research firm Jon Peddie Research is consistent with the Mercury Research results, stating that NVIDIA’s desktop GPU shipments increased 21.6% from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of calendar year 2004. The report also noted that NVIDIA grew its shipments of mobile GPUs more than 25% during the same period and increased its segment share more than three points, to 25.7%

“NVIDIA had a solid foundation to build on after the introduction of the GeForce 6 family and our strategy of delivering the industry’s most advanced feature set in a top-to-bottom product line-up for both the desktop and mobile markets is paying off,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “The quarterly market share data, the awards, and product of the year honours, along with the incredible support from our partners are all clear indicators of broad market acceptance of this product family.”

GeForce 6 GPUs deliver the most comprehensive feature set combined with technical innovations, including:

  • NVIDIA SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface) multi-GPU technology
  • Support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
  • NVIDIA PureVideo™ high-definition video processing technology
  • NVIDIA TurboCache™ technology for rendering direct to system memory
  • Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) to lower the time to market for new mobile GPUs

The NVIDIA GeForce 6 GPUs have been hailed by industry experts all over the world, taking “Best of Year for 2004” honours from an unprecedented number of publications and websites, including: PC World Computer (www.pcworld.pl), Computer Review (www.itcpublishing.com/ko), CustomPC (www.custompc.co.uk) EDN Magazine (www.edn.com), Gamers Depot (www.GamersDepot.com), HWZone (www.hwzone.co.il), Maximum PC (www.futuremediaitaly.it), Microcomputer Magazine China, OCModShop (www.ocmodshop.com), PC Format (www.pcformat.co.uk), PC Games (www.pcgames.de), Popular Week Computer China, Tech Report (www.techreport.com), TechTree.com (www.techtree.com), Tom’s Hardware Guide (www.tomshardware.com) and ViperLair (www.viperlair.com).

Most recently, PC World magazine awarded GeForce 6 GPUs the prestigious PC World Best Buy Award for both the performance and value categories in a round up that appear in the January 2005 issue.

NVIDIA SLI technology is also winning prestigious awards, including the Maximum PC Gear of the Year Award and the Popular Science Best of What’s New Award. Desktop PCs powered by NVIDIA SLI have also earned major awards, including the CNET Next Big Thing Award, Computer Gaming World’s Ultimate Gaming System, PC Magazine Editor’s Choice, Maximum PC Kick Ass Product Award and many more.

For more information on NVIDIA GeForce 6 products, please visit http://www.nvidia.co.in.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at http://www.nvidia.co.in.

Certain statements in this press release, including any 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 "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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