NVIDIA and TSMC Celebrates Volume Production of 0.13 Micron Process and 200 Millionth GPUs

(TAIPEI—December 16, 2002)—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced its celebration of the 200 millionth shipment of graphics processing units (GPUs) with the support of its long-time strategic partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) (TAIEX: 2330, NYSE: TSM). TSMC and NVIDIA are also celebrating the mass production of the world’s first 0.13um GPU, and ushering in the dawn of Cinematic Computing.

The close partnership between NVIDIA and TSMC started in 1998 with the launch of the RIVA family of graphics processors built using 0.35 micron process technology. NVIDIA shipped its one millionth GPU by the end of 1998. By the end of 1999, NVIDIA’s TSMC partnership resulted in the shipment of its 10 millionth GPU. And by 2001, NVIDIA shipped is 100 millionth TSMC built GPU; an exponential growth of 100 times over a period of more than 2 years. Today, NVIDIA is the 25th largest semiconductor company in the world and one of the fastest growing. Its breakthrough graphics processors have transformed the computing experience of engineers, scientists, researchers, digital content designers, and consumers all over the world.

"NVIDIA was founded to advance the digital media platform and transform our computing experience," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "With TSMC, we have a partner whose corporate values are perfectly aligned with ours – commitment to technology leadership, intense focus on execution, a spirit of partnership, and a passion to make a difference in the industry. I am proud of our combined achievements. Together, TSMC and NVIDIA have built products that have touched the lives of millions.”

“TSMC’s current vision is to be the most advanced and largest technology and foundry services provider to our customers, and in partnership with them, to forge a powerful competitive force in the semiconductor industry. To realize this vision, we must be: (1) a technology leader, and (2) the most reputable, service-oriented, and for the customers, the maximum-total-benefits silicon foundry,” said Dr. Morris Chang, Chairman and CEO of TSMC. “The partnership with NVIDIA is one of the best realizations of this vision. In the face of the fierce competition in the global semiconductor industry, TSMC will continually team up with NVIDIA and other partners to seek long-term win-win solutions.”

The partnership between NVIDIA, an advanced IC design company, and TSMC, a leading foundry service provider, signifies the success of a new business model for the semiconductor industry.


NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video games consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,400 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.