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NVIDIA Technology to Power Sony's First HDMI Home Theatre PC


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NVIDIA Technology to Power Sony's First HDMI Home Theatre PC

NVIDIA® HDMI-Ready Graphics Solutions and NVIDIA PureVideo™ Technology Provide Sony Flagship Home Theatre PCs with Pristine Image Quality and Easy Connections

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES)-LAS VEGAS, NV-JANUARY 5, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in programmable graphics technologies, today announced that the world's first HDMI PC from Sony Corporation, the VAIO VGX-XL1 Digital Living System, is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce® 6200 graphics processing unit (GPU) which features NVIDIA PureVideo technology.

Over the last couple of years, the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) has emerged as the connection standard for both HDTV and the consumer electronics market. HDMI is the first and only digital interface to combine uncompressed high-definition video and multi-channel audio, together with an intelligent format and command data in a single digital interface. This standard, previously used in consumer electronics, can now be utilised in PC products. The introduction of the VAIO type X Living System for the Japanese market represents the world's first HDMI PC to support the full digital broadcast tuner specification of 1080i.

"HDMI is the only interface that can carry both uncompressed high-definition video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i, and even the upcoming 1080p format," stated Scott Vouri, general manager of multimedia products for NVIDIA. "The combination of our PureVideo technology and this high-definition standard allows for a true high-definition PC experience."

Using a single cable, an HDMI interface can connect all high-definition devices, displays and components, dramatically simplifying home theatre system installation and reducing the mass of cables associated with home theatre system components. The combination of NVIDIA PureVideo technology and HDMI enables the transmission of crystal-clear high definition digital video and audio content from the PC to an HDTV. Consumers can now use their PCs to maximise their home theatre system and experience the digital content in the highest quality.

Featured in GeForce 6 and 7 series of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), NVIDIA PureVideo technology allows users to experience home theatre quality video from the PC with superb picture clarity and precise, vivid colours across all high-definition (HD) resolutions. NVIDIA PureVideo technology delivers this high quality HD-output through it's hardware acceleration engine which enables smooth playback of HD video, including H.264 / MPEG4-AVC, Windows Media 9 and MPEG 2 footage, with minimal CPU overhead. It also delivers advanced video post-processing features to the PC-including spatial-temporal de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and high-quality scaling-rivaling that of some high-end consumer electronics DVD players.

The VAIO® XL1 Digital Living System™ is the merger of Sony's industry-leading home theatre expertise with the power computing performance of a VAIO® PC. With its 200-disc mega-changer and optimised Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 interface, the VAIO® XL1 Digital Living System™ transforms content management, making CDs, DVDs, photos, high-definition video-recorder content, recorded TV shows and more, easily accessible and enjoyable at the touch of a button.

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 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to our relationships with customers and partners in the film industry and the features, benefits, performance and capability of the NVIDIA Quadro FX 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, adoption of other technologies or products by those in the film industry, manufacturing defects, incompatibility of technologies, reliance on third-party manufacturers, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, n changes in the film industry standards, our dependence on third-party developers 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 October 24, 2004. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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