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NVIDIA Demonstrates Microsoft Windows Vista-Ready Products at WINHEC 2006


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NVIDIA Demonstrates Microsoft Windows Vista-Ready Products at WINHEC 2006

NVIDIA® GeForce® GPUs and NVIDIA nForce® MCPs Among a Full Range of Products Essential for Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2

WINHEC—SEATTLE, WA—MAY 24, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced it is demonstrating a variety of technologies and products at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) for Microsoft Corp’s next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, being held this week in Seattle, Washington, USA.

“Microsoft is excited about the strides that NVIDIA has made to get ready for the first public display of Microsoft Windows Vista,” stated Matt Ployhar, technology evangelist, Graphics Platform Unit at Microsoft. “By working closely together, we feel confident that the entire suite of NVIDIA GeForce and NVIDIA nForce products, along with NVIDIA high-performance software, will continue to provide users of Windows Vista with the stability and compatibility they’ve come to expect.”

In conjunction with the pending release of Windows Vista Beta 2, NVIDIA has posted a new version of the NVIDIA ForceWare® graphics driver, offering a host of performance improvements and features that include an all new control panel, top-to-bottom support for all NVIDIA DirectX® 9 GPUs, and OpenGL® support. More information on Windows Vista and the Beta 2 release can be found at:

“Microsoft Windows Vista is the first Windows operating system that fully exploits the power of a graphics processing unit,” stated Ned Finkle, vice president of strategic marketing at NVIDIA. “Windows Vista validates the major investment we have made in our Vista product development and we believe this will truly be a landmark event not only for PCs, but for GPUs as well.”

NVIDIA, a WinHEC 2006 Bronze Sponsor, will feature the following demonstrations:

  • NVIDIA GeForce consumer graphics processing units (GPUs), designed to deliver unmatched image and video clarity when using Windows Vista-based PCs for entertainment such as watching TV, viewing photos, or playing the latest video games
  • NVIDIA nForce media and communication processors (MCPs), motherboard solutions that offer increased performance, advanced security, and storage capabilities required in Windows Vista-based PCs
  • NVIDIA Business Platform PCs, a comprehensive PC solution—targeted at IT professionals and small-to-medium-sized businesses—that has passed a rigorous certification and testing program with component manufacturers and system builders to help lower the total cost of ownership
  • NVIDIA PureVideo™ technology that combines a dedicated video processor and software to deliver ultra-smooth, high-definition video playback with minimal power consumption and full support for next generation HDDVD and Blu-Ray DVDs.

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

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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