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NVIDIA(R) and ASUS Deliver New Levels of Graphics Performance to Thin-and- Light Notebooks

ASUS Selects New NVIDIA GeForce® Go 7700 GPU for the A8Js Entertainment Notebook

SANTA CLARA, Calif, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that ASUS has selected the new NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 graphics processing unit to create the graphically powerful, thin-and- light A8Js notebook. The new GeForce GPU delivers 50% more pixel bandwidth than the NVIDIA GPU used previously in the ASUS A8 series(1), ushering in new levels of graphics performance and video quality for small compact notebooks such as the new ASUS A8Js.

Fully utilizing the visual processing capabilities of the new GeForce GPU with 512MB memory and NVIDIA PureVideo(TM) technology, the new notebook delivers immersive, realistic 3D graphics for games and smooth, high-quality playback of DVD movies and HD video. In addition, the new notebook features a gorgeous 14-inch Color Shine glare-type widescreen display, a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, full wired and wireless connectivity, including Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, and Wi-Fi technologies, and a powerful multimedia system configuration based on the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

"The new A8Js notebook is designed to raise the performance and multimedia capabilities of thin and lightweight notebooks," said Tony Chen, General Manager of ASUS Notebook Business. "The GeForce Go 7700 GPU, with its powerful 3D, video, and power saving technologies, enables the A8Js to deliver a true- to-life digital entertainment experience."

The first notebook GPUs manufactured using 80-nanometer process technology, the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 GPU features advanced technologies that deliver cutting-edge 3D, high-definition (HD) video and advanced power management to the notebooks, enhancing the mobile computing experience. Features include:

  • Support for the latest games and applications with DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and film quality high dynamic range (HDR) lighting, enabling more realistic, real-time gaming.
  • H.264 hardware accelerated support through NVIDIA PureVideo technology- the combination of HD video processors and software delivers a HD home- theater quality video experience to the PC.
  • NVIDIA PowerMizer® technology, with advanced power management features that enable dramatic performance enhancements in the same power budget as the previous generation of NVIDIA mobile GPUs. The reduced power consumption and less heat generation result in cooler and smaller notebooks with increased battery life.
  • A high-performance 3D architecture built for Microsoft Windows Vista(TM) -- the industry's first operating system to require a dedicated GPU to realize its full potential.

"Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of high- quality video and fast 3D graphics on their PCs, yet most notebooks fall short on performance," said Jeff Fisher, Senior Vice President of the GPU Business Unit at NVIDIA. "The new ASUS notebook and GeForce GPU are designed to deliver levels of visual performance and quality that both movie fans and gamers can appreciate."

    A8Js Notebook Specification

    -- Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
           - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200/T7400/T7600/T5500/T5600
             (2/2.166/2.33/1.66/1.833 GHz)
           - Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset
           - Intel PRO/Wireless
    -- Microsoft Windows XP
           - Home
           - Professional
    -- Built-in 0.35 megapixel webcam
    -- 14.1" WXGA+ (1440x900) Color Shine LCD display
    -- NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 with 512MB graphics memory
    -- DDRII 667MHz, up to 2GB
    -- 80/100/120GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
    -- 802.11a/b/g, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Bluetooth V2.0
    -- 1x DVI, 1x IEEE1394, 1x Express Card, 1x VGA, 1x TV-Out, 5x USB, 1x
       Card Reader
    -- 2.39kg

Notebook Availability

The new ASUS notebook featuring the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 GPU will be available in select countries in Asia and Europe in September. See www.asus.com for more information.

(1) Based on GeForce Go 7700 GPU 12 pixel pipelines versus GeForce Go 7600 8 pixel pipelines.

About NVIDIA

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 www.nvidia.com .

About ASUS

Ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for the 9th straight year, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE: 2357) is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. Its product portfolio includes notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, information appliances, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. With strong engineering capability, ASUSTeK won 1706 awards in 2005, translating to more than 4 awards per day. The company is the perennial leader of the motherboard and graphics card industries and a top 4 maker globally for notebooks.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 GPU, NVIDIA PureVideo technology, NVIDIA PowerMizer technology and the new ASUS A8Js, GPUs manufactured using 80-nanometer process technology, statements about Microsoft Windows Vista, and availability of the ASUS notebook featuring the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7700 GPU 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; loss in performance when products are integrated, 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; development of more effective or efficient GPUs; our reliance on third-party manufacturers; the impact of technological development and competition; general industry trends; 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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or riallen@nvidia.com

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