IDEAL FORM ALLIANCE WITH NVIDIA Wednesday 14 March 2001 PDF Print Ideal Hardware today announces the signing of a unique alliance with NVIDIA, worldwide leader in 3D-based graphics chip sets. The partnership will make Ideal the only UK distributor to have a direct relationship with NVIDIA. The partnership will allow Ideal Hardware Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts Inc., to offer its customers the range of NVIDIA products and services. This will include marketing programmes that will allow Ideal's customers to plan for and anticipate future business. NVIDIA?s award-winning products offer superior graphics processing solutions for PC-based applications. As part of NVIDIA?s Select Solutions Programme, Ideal will distribute NVIDIA GPU solutions to its customers with fully approved reference designs from authorised vendors. Through this programme, integrators will have access to marketing funds for promoting NVIDIA GPUs in their systems. Only NVIDIA authorised vendors can offer this service. The recent buyout of 3dfx by NVIDIA left a gap in Ideal?s product offering. Ideal's commitment to offering a comprehensive portfolio, coupled with its understanding that 3D graphics has become crucial in the differentiation of PCs, makes this a natural distribution partnership. Adrian Thompson, NVIDIA's marketing manager for northern Europe, comments: "As the global leader in 3D graphics technology, we are delighted to be working with such an exciting and highly respected distributor as Ideal. Our goal is to make NVIDIA's superior 3D graphics available to everyone, everywhere, and our partnership with Ideal will provide us with the necessary expertise to achieve this." Eddie Moore, Ideal?s business development manager, comments: "This partnership presents Ideal with the opportunity to become the pre-eminent UK distributor of NVIDIA based solutions, allowing us to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of NVIDIA products to meet our customers' requirements. We have a dedicated and highly knowledgeable sales force with a proven track record in graphics products, shown through our success with the 3dfx portfolio. NVIDIA has a road map that will continue to lead the market, and its alliance with Ideal will ensure that the sales of NVIDIA solutions continue to soar." Roy Taylor, NVIDIA's European sales director, concludes: "NVIDIA looks forward to working with a leading distributor like Ideal. Ideal?s innovative marketing and customer service strategies will provide a greater number of PC manufacturers with access to NVIDIA GPUs." For further information please contact: Eddie Moore Ideal Hardware 020 8286 5411 email@example.com Mellissa Dorrell Ideal Press Office 020 7375 3633 firstname.lastname@example.org Editor's Note: Ideal Hardware Limited www.ideal.co.uk, the wholly owned subsidiary of US based Bell Microproducts Inc., is a leading UK based value-added, storage-centric distributor focusing on the high end of the storage market. Ideal is also a leading distributor of Compaq servers, PCs and storage products and is one of only 12 Compaq distributors worldwide to be awarded the prestigious CIP accreditation for high-end products. Ideal has strategic relationships with approximately 80 suppliers of Enterprise storage, computer systems, software and media products. These strategic products are packaged with Ideal's value-added programmes and services to provide complete NAS, SAS and SAN solutions. Bell Microproducts Inc is an international value-added provider of a wide range of high technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial marketplace. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems and back-up products. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors. The company's products are available at any level of integration from components, to subsystem assemblies, to fully integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 150 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor storage and Trademark(R) computer brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at http://www.bellmicro.com Note: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand, competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets, changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and the other risks and information described from time to time in the company's reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Current Reports on Form 8-K regarding this and other transactions). Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements. About NVIDIA NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), based in Santa Clara, California, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. 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