SANTA CLARA, CA, AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – May 31, 2005 – NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced that NVIDIA has licensed the ARM11™ MPCore™ processor. The licensing of this ARM® technology will enable NVIDIA to add application processing functionality to its outstanding graphics and digital media processing capabilities in new system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
“Rich media applications are an essential part of next-generation consumer products,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “By embedding ARM technology in our next-generation products, we can leverage the strength of ARM technology as the application processor and deliver exciting new devices and media rich applications to consumers.”
“NVIDIA has made a strategic decision by selecting ARM processor technology for use in their next-generation digital media products,” said Warren East, CEO, ARM. “The ARM11 MPCore processor, combined with NVIDIA industry-leading graphics and media technology, will deliver new levels of entertainment and innovation to the consumer market, and represents further support for the award-winning ARM11 family of processors.”
The ARM11 MPCore processor includes the ARM SIMD media extensions, IEM (Intelligent Energy Manager) technology for efficient energy management, and Jazelle® technology for Java acceleration. The processor runs at up to 550MHz, uses less than 2.7mm2 of silicon excluding RAM, and consumes as little as 0.30mW/MHz using ARM IEM technology, (130nm foundry process). The processor features a high-performance memory system delivering more than 1.3 GBytes/sec and scalability to over 2,600 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS of aggregate performance in a cache coherent, four way configuration
“Multicore processors are gaining momentum in both the embedded and desktop worlds because they combine scalable high performance and lower power,” said Tom R. Halfhill, a senior analyst for In-Stat’s Microprocessor Report. “The trend is clearly toward flexible processor cores, like the ARM11 MPCore processor, which can be used in a uniprocessor, symmetric or asymmetric multiprocessor configurations.”
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company’s products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,100 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.NVIDIA.com.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the benefits of the license to NVIDIA and the benefits, capabilities and performance of new products utilizing ARM technology 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, manufacturing defects, incompatibility of technologies, delays in integration of our products, market acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, 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-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2005. 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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