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Nvidia Announces 'AGP 8X GPU & Core Logic Solutions'

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2002 @ 7:19 p.m. PDT

NVIDIA Corporation today introduced the industry’s first and only comprehensive family of AGP 8X-based products. Based on Intel’s AGP 3.0 specification, NVIDIA now offers an extensive range of top-to-bottom graphics processing units (GPUs) and platform processors for next-generation digital media, gaming, and business PC platforms. NVIDIA’s AGP 8X product line-up, which includes the NVIDIA® GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP 8X and the GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP 8X desktop GPUs, as well as the new nForce2TM platform processors, forms the technology foundation for the world’s most advanced PCs.

“AGP 8X is the foundation of the new world of PC computing,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “By offering the industry’s only top-to-bottom AGP 8X product family, we are able to provide robust AGP 8X solutions delivering increased graphics performance. Our GPUs are the most complete implementation of the AGP 8X specification and are used as the reference hardware for AGP 8X.”

AGP 8X doubles the graphics bandwidth of the AGP interface to 2.1 gigabytes per second (GB/sec.). This keeps data hungry GPUs fed with the information necessary to render high frame rate, high fidelity and real-time graphics.

“NVIDIA has been a defining force in graphics technology for many years, and the input we incorporated from NVIDIA ensures that this new industry standard specification meets the needs of their future graphics architectures,” said Jason Ziller, Technology Initiatives Manager at Intel Corporation. “As graphics technology continues to progress at a rapid pace, we will soon see an influx of workstation-class applications and 3D games with stunning visuals. AGP 8X is the next big step to make sure Workstations and PCs can handle the massive amount of data that those applications will transmit.”

Today’s fast-paced ‘fly-through’ applications and games will see significant improvements in overall performance due to the doubled AGP 8X speed. By combining the performance and scalability of AGP 8X GPU and a high performance 128Mb DDR frame buffer; the GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP 8X GPU delivers more than two times the graphics performance of competitive products.

Support for AGP 8X extends beyond the GeForce4 family of desktop GPUs and into all the motherboard designs based on NVIDIA’s highly anticipated nForce2 core logic products. By featuring AGP 8X, NVIDIA’s nForce2 platform processors help reduce system bottlenecks, allowing for increased system performance and stability.

A variety of new platforms featuring NVIDIA’s AGP 8X products will be introduced from the following PC OEMs:

· 4MBO International Electronics AG
· Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC)
· HP
· Shuttle Computer

Add-in cards and motherboards based on NVIDIA’s AGP 8X product line-up will be introduced from the following NVIDIA partners:

· ABit
· Albatron
· AOpen
· Asustek
· Chaintech
· Creative Labs
· Gainward
· Leadtek
· Palit
· Pine
· Prolink
· Sparkle

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