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NVIDIA nForce® Professional Powers Sun Microsystems Servers and Workstations


Adoption of NVIDIA nForce Professional Core-Logic Solutions Extends Across Sun x64 Server and Workstation Products

SANTA CLARA, CA—AUGUST 15, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that the Company’s family of NVIDIA® nForce® Professional core-logic solutions has been selected to power new x64 platforms from Sun Microsystems, including servers such as the Sun Fire™ X2100 M2, Sun Fire X2200 M2, Sun Fire X4600, and the Sun Blade™ 8000, as well as the Sun Ultra™ 20 M2 Workstation.

Sun Fire X2200

“Sun continues to meet its enterprise customers’ demands by consistently delivering high-performance, scalable server and workstation solutions that combine the industry’s best application performance with robust functionality. The NVIDIA nForce Professional core-logic products have been critical building blocks in allowing us to provide our customers with best-in-class reliability and performance,” said Pradeep Parmar, product line business driver for x64 systems at Sun. “More importantly, NVIDIA has been a valued partner in all phases of product delivery and by working closely with them, we have been able to keep Sun’s AMD Opteron™-powered server and workstation line at the leading edge of connectivity and performance.”

Sun Fire X4600NVIDIA has taken great measures to provide enterprise customers with reliable, available, and serviceable machines. The NVIDIA nForce Professional series of media and communications processors (MCPs) offers enterprise customers a high-performance, scalable platform solution for next-generation AMD Opteron processors with support for DDR2 memory. NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs support PCI-Express, six SATA 3Gb/sec hard drives, and multiple RAID environments, including RAID 5 for high-speed, fault-tolerant storage capability. The new NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 series introduced today also integrates dual gigabit Ethernet with aggregate teaming functionality and TCP/IP acceleration to enable servers to handle large amounts of network traffic while freeing up precious CPU cycles to work on other important computing functions. NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 MCPs also support the IPMI 2.0 specification so that administrators can monitor system health and quickly diagnose and repair issues at the source, which means more uptime and less admin time.

“NVIDIA is excited to work with Sun end-to-end on their workstation and server products. Sun is unsurpassed in its ability to bring powerful and stable systems for the data center to market,” said Manoj Gujral, general manager of server business at NVIDIA. “We are proud to collaborate with Sun to deliver the next generation of these machines, providing customers with the highest performing, robust solutions in the market, by utilizing our NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs.”

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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the features, benefits, possible uses, performance and capabilities of NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs and NVIDIA MCPs powering new enterprise platforms from Sun Microsystems 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, manufacturing or software defects, reliance on third party manufacturers, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, unanticipated loss of performance or capabilities when products are integrated, changes in industry standards and interfaces 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 April 30, 2006. 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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