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NVIDIA Unveils a New Open Standard Memory Specification Designed To Provide Higher Levels of System Performance


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NVIDIA Unveils a New Open Standard Memory Specification Designed To Provide Higher Levels of System Performance

Launch Partner Corsair Will Be the First to Bring Products with New Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) To Market

SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 15, 2006— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the results of a collaborative memory development effort called Enhanced Performance Profiles, or EPP, which allows consumers to easily expose new, advanced performance memory settings built into high performance memory DIMMs for even higher levels of overall PC system performance. In addition, NVIDIA also announced today that Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, is the first memory vendor to announce support for the new EPP specification, and is expected to have new EPP-based memory DIMMs available in the channel later this month.

“Enhanced Performance Profiles are a significant change in the way overclocking and performance hardware compatibility is defined and sold. The industry now has a new standard on how a performance memory SPD should be written and communicated with the motherboard BIOS,” said John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering at Corsair Memory. “Our expectation is that EPP will be adopted by major motherboard companies, core-logic manufacturers, and other memory companies.”

Developed as an extension to the traditional Serial Presence Detect (SPD) found on today’s high-performance DIMMS, Enhanced Performance Profiles allow memory manufacturers to integrate additional module performance data in the unused portion of the JEDEC standard SPD, allowing compatible motherboards to read and take advantage of added performance capabilities. Enhanced Performance Profiles were developed as an open standard, and immediate adoption is expected shortly from other motherboard partners and PC memory suppliers.

While memory modules with Enhanced Performance Profiles will work on any motherboard, only motherboards equipped with properly-designed BIOSes, such as those designed for NVIDIA nForce® 590 SLI media and communications processors (MCPs), will detect the presence of these new capabilities and prompt the user to set PC boot parameters for guaranteed optimised settings. End users will be able to measure the impact on benchmark performance and verify detailed parametric settings using common system utilities such as Lavalys EVEREST or Microsoft® Windows®-based performance tools such as NVIDIA nTune™.

The new EPP-based Corsair memory modules are part of the certified NVIDIA® SLI technology ecosystem that defines a set of interoperable components for enthusiasts, all of which raise the bar for performance and functionality when used together in the same PC platform. All products that are part of the SLI ecosystem can easily be identified at e-tail and retail by the ‘NVIDIA SLI-Ready’ logo prominently featured on the packaging. There are more than 250 SLI-Ready components currently active in the program.

“NVIDIA recognises Corsair’s significant contribution and passion in the enthusiast community, and we have selected them as our official memory partner for the launch of our upcoming NVIDIA nForce 500 family of MCPs,” said Drew Henry, general manager of MCP business at NVIDIA. “Corsair understands the overclocking mindset and has done a terrific job in being the first vendor to bring EPP-based memory products to market in record time. Together, we will showcase this winning combination at a variety of industry and community events over the next few months”.

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