SANTA CLARA, CA—JANUARY 17, 2006—NVIDIA
Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable
graphics processor technologies, today announced the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
XE and NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra media and communications processors (MCPs).
Together with the award-winning NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP already
available, NVIDIA is now providing its system builder and
do-it-yourself (DIY) communities with two, new, lower cost, discrete
motherboard solutions for Intel PC platforms. All three are compatible
with all currently available Intel dual-core CPUs, including the new
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955.
In addition to providing cutting-edge features—including advanced
storage and security capabilities and support for high-definition
audio—the Company has also dramatically lowered the entry point for
those interested in building multi-GPU PC platforms using Intel CPUs.
With an expected retail price of less than $100 USD for NVIDIA nForce4
SLI XE-based motherboards, consumers can now take advantage of the
acclaimed NVIDIA SLI technology and install two graphics cards
immediately for scalable gaming performance, or use the second PCIe
slot for other PCIe devices or future expansion. Targeted for
single-GPU configurations is the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP, offering
users a solid platform with more features and performance than
alternative motherboard products that also have a retail price of
around or less than $89 USD.
"Our core-logic business is a strategic growth driver for NVIDIA,
and these new products allow us to capitalize on these high-volume
Intel segments," said Drew Henry, general manager of MCP business at
NVIDIA. "With a top-to-bottom product family including NVIDIA nForce4
SLI X16 for the high-end enthusiast, NVIDIA nForce4 SLI XE for those
interested in performance, and the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra for more
general PC usage, we are excited about our opportunities and the
potential growth for our MCP business group."
Together, the advanced architecture of the NVIDIA nForce4 MCPs and
the dual-core capabilities of the latest Intel Pentium processors
provide a compelling technological foundation for driving today’s
hottest games and demanding digital media applications, including the
playback of high-definition video.
PC OEMs, system builders and motherboard manufacturers, including
Biostar, ECS, Epox, Foxconn, Jetway, J&W, MSI, and others, are
expected to have retail products based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI XE and
NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCPs available starting in late January 2006.
Source: nVIDIA Press Release