NVIDIA HISTORY

                  A Timeline of Innovation

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                  1993

                  NVIDIA FOUNDED BY JENSEN HUANG,
                  CHRIS MALACHOWSKY, AND CURTIS PRIEM

                  With the belief that the PC one day would become a consumer device for enjoying games and multimedia, NVIDIA is founded by Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem. At the time, there were more than two dozen graphics chips companies, a number that would soar to 70 three years later. By 2006, NVIDIA was the only independent still operating.

                  1994

                  FIRST STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FORGED
                  WITH SGS-THOMPSON

                  NVIDIA's reaches its first strategic partnership with SGS-Thomson Microelectronics to manufacture the company's single-chip graphical-user interface accelerator. Diamond Multimedia Systems is selected to install the chips in multimedia accelerator boards.

                  1995

                  NVIDIA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST PRODUCT, NV1

                  Sega, the leader in arcade games, ports Virtual Fighter to be the first 3D game to run on NVIDIA graphics.
                  NVIDIA NV1, the company's first product, is launched. The PCI card was sold as the Diamond Edge 3D, featuring a 2D/3D graphics core based on quadratic texture mapping.

                  1996

                  FIRST MICROSOFT DIRECTX DRIVERS UNVEILED

                  NVIDIA unveils its first Microsoft DirectX drivers with support for Direct3D, an API used to render 3D graphics where performance is critical.

                  1997

                  RIVA 128 LAUNCHES, 1 MILLION UNITS SOLD
                  IN FIRST FOUR MONTHS

                  The company introduces RIVA 128, the world's first 128-bit 3D processor. It receives OEM acceptance, and more than one million units are shipped within its first four months.

                  1998

                  PARTNERSHIP SIGNED WITH TSMC