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NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors Now in Production

 
 

NVIDIA Corporation:  
  
Andrew Humber
European PR Manager
NVIDIA Ltd
ahumber@nvidia.com

Press Relations:  
  
Ciarán Brennan or Clive Gorman
Bastion (NVIDIA PR)
Tel: +44 (20) 7490 1323
clive@bastion.co.uk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors Now in Production

Motherboards Featuring Company's Core Logic Solutions Available This Month

LONDON – OCTOBER 1st, 2002 – NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that its NVIDIA(r) nForce TM 2 platform processors are now in production and that final silicon has been delivered to the company's extensive list of motherboard partners in preparation for the introduction of nForce2-based solutions into the channel and retail markets later this month.

"NVIDIA's new nForce2 AMD AthlonXP-based platforms with advanced 333FSB support outperforms any platform available in the market today," said Oscar Wu, Head AMD Board Designer at ABIT. "We are excited about introducing our NV7-8X and NV7-8XE motherboards into the channel and we are confident that gamers and enthusiasts will appreciate the innovative features and leading performance that our products will offer."

Designed to bring new levels of functionality and performance to business, gaming and digital media PC platforms, nForce2 offers a broad range of configuration options based on two architectures: graphics motherboards and performance motherboards. nForce2-based graphics motherboards harness the power of NVIDIA's award-winning GeForce4 MX external add-in cards and incorporate them with the system, memory and digital media features found only in nForce2-based advanced motherboard solutions. Performance motherboards offer the same awesome system and memory performance and allow system builders to offer customised configurations harnessing the power of fast 8X AGP bus technology and today's fastest memory technologies, including DDR400 and DDR333 modules.

To ensure nForce2-based motherboards and PCs are paired with the industry's fastest memory modules, NVIDIA has selected Advanced Validation Labs (AVL) and Computer Memory Test Labs (CMTL) to perform validation and compatibility tests on the widest possible selection of DDR memories, including DDR333, for use with the nForce2 platform. Compatibility testing is designed to enable the widespread availability of cost-effective and reliable DDR modules to customers worldwide. For more information on the AVL and CMTL compatibility programs, please visit www.validationlabs.com and www.cmtlabs.com, respectively.

"The pairing of Kingston DDR SDRAM technology with NVIDIA's innovative nForce2 core logic solutions is a perfect match, said NAME, TITLE at Kingston. "System builders, major OEMs and enthusiast users who enjoy customising their own PCs will discover that the nForce2's innovative DualDDR memory architecture reduces overall system latency and memory bottlenecks, while delivering the fastest performance."

To ensure nForce2-based motherboards and PCs are paired with the industry's fastest memory modules, NVIDIA has selected Advanced Validation Labs (AVL) and Computer Memory Test Labs (CMTL) to perform validation and compatibility tests on the widest possible selection of DDR memories, including DDR333, for use with the nForce2 platform. Compatibility testing is designed to enable the widespread availability of cost-effective and reliable DDR modules to customers worldwide. For more information on the AVL and CMTL compatibility programs, please visit www.validationlabs.com and www.cmtlabs.com, respectively.

"The pairing of Kingston DDR SDRAM technology with NVIDIA's innovative nForce2 core logic solutions is a perfect match, said NAME, TITLE at Kingston. "System builders, major OEMs and enthusiast users who enjoy customising their own PCs will discover that the nForce2's innovative DualDDR memory architecture reduces overall system latency and memory bottlenecks, while delivering the fastest performance possible."

NVIDIA has also augmented its external testing programs with its own internal DDR400 and DDR333 validation and compatibility program and is testing memory from leading memory manufacturers and module suppliers including, but not limited to: Micron Technology, Samsung Semiconductor, Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, Kingston Technology, Smart Modular Technologies, Crucial Technology and PNY Technologies. nForce2-compatible memory modules will be listed on the NVIDIA, CMTL and AVL Web sites to allow customers easy access to the list of DDR memory modules tested specifically on the nForce2 platform.

The NVIDIA nForce2 platform processors are currently in the labs of NVIDIA's extensive list of motherboard and system builder partners, including: Abit, ABS, Alienware, Aopen, ASUSTeK, Atlas Micro, Chaintech, Epox, Falcon Northwest, HyperSonic, Leadtek, MSI, Shuttle Computer, Soltech, Totally Awesome and Vicious PC. Retail products based on the nForce2 platform processors will commence later this month.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located 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.

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