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NVIDIA Starts Shipping NVIDIA nForce® Professional 3000 Series MCPs to Server and Workstation Customers


NVIDIA nForce 3000 Series Supports New AMD Opteron Processors with Support for DDR2 Memory

SANTA CLARA, CA—AUGUST 15, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced new additions to the Company’s family of NVIDIA® nForce® Professional core-logic solutions designed to offer enterprise customers a high-performance, scalable platform solution for professional servers and workstations. To date, NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs have been selected to power a variety of server and workstation platforms from leading companies such as HP, IBM, Sun, Fujitsu-Siemens, and others, helping NVIDIA to achieve phenomenal market success over the last two years. Today’s announcement of the Company’s NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 series—already shipping to NVIDIA enterprise customers—helps solidify the Company’s position in the professional computing space and will help NVIDIA customers to develop and design cutting-edge blade servers, computing farms, computer-aided design (CAD), digital content creation (DCC), and advanced visualization platforms.

Designed as a scalable platform solution for AMD Opteron-based servers and workstations, including next-generation Opteron processors with support for DDR2 memory, the new series of NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 MCPs include:

The NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 MCP: Engineered for the enterprise with advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability features, 1P to 8P+ servers based on the NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 platform lower total cost of ownership through sophisticated power management techniques and simplified driver management. The NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 MCP integrates a feature-rich architecture with support for PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA 3Gb/sec., and legacy I/O on a single chip. The high-performance Gigabit Ethernet with TCP/IP acceleration supports demanding server environments with load balancing and fail over capability, and extensive support for key Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

The NVIDIA nForce Professional 3050 MCP for additional scalability and I/O: NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 Series MCPs integrate an advanced PCI Express architecture that can be configured to support the latest PCI Express cards. Each MCP includes 28 PCI Express lanes that can be mapped to 6 controllers in a number of different ways. This gives the system designer the flexibility to support x16, x8, x4 and x1 PCI Express links in the platform. In addition, the NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 and 3050 chips can be combined to scale to 56 or more PCI Express lanes for systems with industry leading I/O connectivity. The NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs also support Virtual Channels (VC) on all the PCI Express links, thus providing guaranteed bandwidth and latency for time-sensitive traffic.

The NVIDIA nForce Professional 3400 MCP: Designed specifically for high-performance, 1P servers and workstations, the NVIDIA nForce Professional 3400 MCP features support for NVIDIA® SLI™ multi-graphics technology, advanced networking capabilities, outstanding PCI Express performance, and support for up to six SATA 3Gb/sec. hard drives.

“Our NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs are the preferred server and workstation platform solution as evidenced by the adoption by the world’s leading OEMs,” said Manoj Gujral, general manager of the professional MCP business at NVIDIA. “We are seeing increased demand for our new NVIDIA nForce Professional products in the enterprise, and we look forward to making additional announcements with our server and workstation partners over the next few months.”

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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the performance, capabilities, benefits and features of the NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 series and possible announcements with server and workstation partners are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include difficulties in the development of new and enhanced products; delays in ramping new products into production; market or customer acceptance of a competitor’s product instead of ours; manufacturing and other delays; defects in our products or the components of a product; the impact of technological development and competition; general industry trends; the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives; changes in industry standards and interfaces as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2006. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.


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