NVIDIA Joins Palm OS Ready Program

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    <p align="center">PalmSource and NVIDIA Partner to Advance Graphics on Palm Powered Mobile Devices
    NVIDIA Joins Palm OS Ready Program
    </p>LONDON — FEBRUARY 11th, 2004 —
    PalmSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSRC) provider of Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced plans to enhance the graphics acceleration in Palm Powered® smart mobile devices running Palm OS® Cobalt and Palm OS® Garnet. NVIDIA joins existing Palm OS Ready Partners Intel, ATI, M-Systems, Motorola, Samsung Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.

    As a member of the Palm OS Ready Program, PalmSource will provide NVIDIA with Palm OS Garnet and Cobalt tools and components designed to enable the creation of software drivers for the NVIDIA® GoForce™ family of media processors and make them available to Palm OS licensees. The NVIDIA GoForce media processors offers advanced features for smart mobile devices, including support for multi-megapixel image capture, accelerated graphics for gaming and video capture and playback. Using dedicated hardware accelerator engines, the GoForce processors deliver high performance for multimedia applications and drive high-resolution displays, while minimising battery life consumption on the device.

    "Partnering with one of the leading mobile platform providers, PalmSource, supports our business strategy of extending our graphics solutions to deepen our penetration in the market for smart mobile devices," said Phil Carmack, general manager and vice president of handheld group at NVIDIA. "We believe Palm OS licensees will benefit from NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technology, manufacturing leadership and global support infrastructure to create successful mobile solutions tailored to the multimedia and entertainment markets."

    "We believe that combining NVIDIA’s technological expertise in the mobile device market with the flexibility and ease-of-use of Palm OS, licensees can leverage the tools and resources to build new products for the multimedia market that feature higher display resolutions, video capture and playback features," said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource, Inc.

    Palm OS Ready Program
    Launched in July 2001, the Palm OS Ready program allows industry-leading component providers to drive faster innovation of Palm Powered Devices and foster growth throughout the Palm Economy. Combining access to key components of Palm OS technology with in-depth technical training and resources, the Palm OS Ready Program allows silicon providers to deliver more complete solutions to the Palm OS licensee community enabling Palm OS licensees to bring innovative and differentiated Palm Powered mobile devices to market faster and more efficiently.

    About NVIDIA
    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 game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.co.uk.
     
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