NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA nForce Professional media and communications processors (MCPs), the industry’s only PCI-Express core-logic solutions for AMD Opteron™ processor-based server and workstation platforms. Designed for cost-effective server and workstation environments — including blade servers, computing farms, computer-aided design (CAD), digital content creation (DCC), and visualisation platforms — the NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs are the first and only solutions to offer support for PCI-Express and other advanced technology solutions, including integrated client-based security features, TCP/IP offload, fault tolerant storage designs, and optimisations for NVIDIA Quadro® workstation graphics solutions, including multi-display and NVIDIA® scalable link interface (SLI™) environments. Professional products utilizing the NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs are available now from leading providers of workstations, servers, and motherboards, including Alienware, Boxx Technologies, Colfax, IWILL, Panta Systems, Tyan, and @XI® Computer, with more announcements expected to follow.

Following the successful introduction of its line of PCI-Express products in
the consumer desktop PC market, NVIDIA Corporation today introduced NVIDIA nForce
Professional media and communications processors (MCPs), the industry’s only
PCI-Express core-logic solutions for AMD Opteron™ processor-based server and
workstation platforms.

Designed for cost-effective server and workstation environments — including
blade servers, computing farms, computer-aided design (CAD), digital content
creation (DCC), and visualisation platforms — the NVIDIA nForce Professional
MCPs are the first and only solutions to offer support for PCI-Express and other
advanced technology solutions, including integrated client-based security
features, TCP/IP offload, fault tolerant storage designs, and optimisations for
NVIDIA Quadro® workstation graphics solutions, including multi-display and
NVIDIA® scalable link interface (SLI™) environments.

“The NVIDIA nForce Professional platform offers an unmatched feature set for
server customers in a wide variety of business computing environments,” said
Phil Hester, CEO of Newisys.

“NVIDIA has long demonstrated its success in platform design, and the new
feature-rich NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs continue that tradition,” said
Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor
Business Unit, AMD’s Computation Products Group. “The combination of our AMD
Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture and NVIDIA nForce
Professional provides the performance, scalability, and features to handle
today’s most demanding professional graphic accelerators as well as server I/O
cards in both 32-bit and 64-bit computing environments.”

nForcePro 1 NVIDIA Launched nForce Professional 2200/2050 MCP

nForcePro 2 NVIDIA Launched nForce Professional 2200/2050 MCP

nForcePro 3 NVIDIA Launched nForce Professional 2200/2050 MCP

The NVIDIA nForce Professional MCP family, which today includes the NVIDIA
nForce Professional 2200 and the 2050 MCP, an I/O companion chip, offers a host
of technological capabilities that make it an ideal platform for
industrial-level computing, including:
• Scalable, innovative, single-chip architecture that takes advantage of the AMD
Opteron processor’s Direct Connect Architecture™
• Full support for PCI-Express, with up to 80 lanes using a single 2200 MCP and
multiple 2050 MCPs, Advanced Error Reporting (AER), hot-plug, Message Signal
Interrupts (MSI), and other server-specific requirements
• Native Gigabit Ethernet with TCP/IP hardware offload for enhanced networking
and data processing (up to 4Gb/sec. of bandwidth total)
• Native support for next-generation SATA 3Gb/s hard drives (up to 16 SATA
drives total)
• Complete suite of RAID functionality, including RAID 5
• Microsoft® Windows® and Linux support
• NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture for simplified IT management and overall
lower cost of ownership

“We are pleased that NVIDIA is launching the first PCI Express product for AMD
Opteron platforms. IBM and NVIDIA have a long relationship in workstation
graphics and we expect that the NVIDIA nForce Professional products will have
the same high quality and reliability as the NVIDIA Quadro products,” said Bob
Lenard, Worldwide Director of IBM IntelliStation Workstations and Linux
clusters.

“Sun and NVIDIA have a strong relationship, and we’ve partnered to deliver
leading graphics solutions on the AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java™
Workstations,” said Rajesh Shakkarwar, senior director of workstation marketing
at Sun Microsystems, Inc. “NVIDIA products have a solid history of performance
and reliability, and we expect that the new NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs will
carry on this tradition.”

Professional products utilizing the NVIDIA nForce Professional MCPs are
available now from leading providers of workstations, servers, and motherboards,
including Alienware, Boxx Technologies, Colfax, IWILL, Panta Systems, Tyan, and
@XI® Computer, with more announcements expected to follow.

“For the transition to PCI-Express, NVIDIA is ready with the technology that
computing professionals require,” said Drew Henry, general manager of platform
business at NVIDIA. “This new technology greatly positions NVIDIA to become a
preeminent supplier of server and workstation platforms. We are pleased to be
working with a number of leading suppliers for their upcoming Opteron
processor-based platforms.”