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NVIDIA® Announces Industry’s Premiere High Definition Live-To-Air Broadcast Solution


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NVIDIA® Announces Industry's Premiere High Definition Live-To-Air Broadcast Solution

CNBC Selects NVIDIA Quadro® SDI Graphics-to-Video technology for real time 3D Broadcast Content

THEALE, ENGLAND -JANUARY 30, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the availability of NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 Serial Digital Interface (SDI), the latest in a line of fully integrated graphics-to-video solutions offering uncompressed SDI output from programmable graphics. Chosen by NBC Universal for use on its worldwide financial news channel CNBC, NVIDIA Quadro SDI standardised solutions have enabled the creation of real time, 3D broadcast graphics that enhance live-to-air programming with dynamic content and visuals.

"NVIDIA and integration partner Brainstorm worked closely with our team to introduce NVIDIA Quadro SDI technology to our CNBC live broadcast," said Chris Halton, VP of NBC Universal Digital News Solutions. "The power and flexibility of this truly off-the-shelf hardware is impressive, and the installation of the systems flawless - everything just worked. We are now broadcasting 12 hours of live-to-air programmes using this industry-proven technology."

NVIDIA Quadro SDI technology allows broadcasters to enrich their programming with a broad range of high definition content, from real-time 3D effects to full blown virtual sets for news, sports, weather, and almost any other genre desired. The powerful and programmable graphics processing unit (GPU) incorporated in these products can generate and output both standard and high definition television content in real time, which is perfect for use in a live broadcast environment.

The functions of the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI including non-linear editing, content creation and colour grading, deliver up to a 50% performance improvement on the previous generation SDI solution . In addition, the support for 2K formats enables next generation film and video post-production, while the digital cinema as a 512MB frame buffer facilitates the delivery of the highest quality images.

Brainstorm, an on air graphics and virtual set solution company with over 15 years experience in 3D graphics and presentation in the broadcast television and multimedia industries, has installed a number of SDI based solutions, including the NBC solution. With customers throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, the NVIDIA Quadro SDI products have enabled the development of turnkey SDI solutions for some of the world's largest television companies who are helping speed the transition to HD broadcast around the globe.

NVIDIA Quadro SDI solutions have been certified, qualified, or integrated by a number of independent software vendors serving the broadcast industry. These companies include Adobe, ASSIMILATE, Autodesk, Avid, DaVinci, IRIDAS, Nucoda, PVI, Sonic Solutions, Sportvision, and Weather Central. The ability to customise NVIDIA Quadro SDI products to a particular workflow makes them an ideal solution for platforms creation, including video creation, editing, and delivery.

"The flexibility of our SDI solutions and the fact that they can be easily integrated within a broadcast or post production environment is very important to our customers," said Jeff Brown, general manager for NVIDIA professional products. "Support for output of uncompressed SDI in 2K, HD or SD formats on both Windows and Linux allows users to render stunning video content in real time and deliver material in final form more quickly, with stunning visual quality."

NVIDIA Quadro SDI products are available now through PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC), and ELSA Japan (Japan). For more information on these and other NVIDIA Quadro products, please visit

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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