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Sahara Computers Becomes India’s First Certified NVIDIA Business Platform System Builder


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Sahara Computers Becomes India’s First Certified NVIDIA Business Platform System Builder

Sahara Computers and Electronics Ltd establishes manufacturing unit producing NVIDIA Business Platform™ certified systems

BANGALORE, INDIA — JULY 12 2006 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, announces that Sahara Computers and Electronics Ltd. (SCEL) is the first system builder in India to become certified under the NVIDIA Business Platform programme.

“The NVIDIA Business Platform was developed to provide IT managers of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) with a certified, commercial stable platform based on NVIDIA nForce® motherboards and NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics technologies,” explains Drew Henry, General Manager of Platform Products for NVIDIA. “By guaranteeing quality and enhancing manageability, the scheme helps to deliver reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) for the SMB sector.”

South Africa based global technology giant SCEL has launched its latest desktop DT 71520-MC20, powered by the NVIDIA business Platform Certified motherboard combining the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics processing unit (GPU) with the NVIDIA nForce 430 media communications processor (MCP).

The DT 71520-MC20 also includes:

  • AMD Athlon 64 Bit 3800+ processor
  • 80 GB HDD
  • 1.44 MB Floppy Drive
  • DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • 1 Year On Site H/W Warranty
  • 512 MB DDR RAM
  • 56K Data Fax Modem
  • Sahara 43.1cm (17) TFT
  • Sahara Internet/Office Keyboard and Sahara Optical Mouse

George Van Der Merwe, Chief Operating Officer of SCEL, said: “Today the business environment in India has become very dynamic and a proven, reliable and stable business platform is a vital requirement of every organisation, whether big or small. By offering India’s first NVIDIA Business Platform certified machines, Sahara Computers is proud to be addressing this need. The NVIDIA programme not only reduces support costs and gives improved competitive advantage, but also lowers the TCO substantially.”

NVIDIA Business Platform Certified desktop PCs are available from Sahara Computers authorized dealers nationwide. For more information, please visit or (

About SCEL
Sahara Computers and Electronics Ltd. (SCEL) is a joint venture between Sahara India Pariwar (SIP) and Sahara Computers (Pty) Limited, South Africa (SSA). It is setting up a manufacturing unit of computers, laptops and peripherals, the largest of its kind in India. This pools in the expertise of the two leaders on a global scale, adding depth to India’s current information and Communication Technology (ICT) offerings. It will also strengthen the country's existing portfolio of products and reinforce its reputation for cutting edge technology, skilled ICT personnel and innovation.

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of the NVIDIA Business Platform solution, reduced total cost of ownership, the period for which the configuration will remain unchanged, potential customers, and customers’ performance demands 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, loss in performance when our products and technologies are paired with our partners’ products, changes in customer preferences or performance demands, unanticipated product costs, development of new products that outperform our products, manufacturing or software defects, market acceptance of a competitor’s product instead of our product or technology, unanticipated changes in industry standards and interfaces, the impact of competitive products, and other risks detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its periodic report on Form 10-Qfor the quarter ended April 30, 2006. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.