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NVIDIA Corporation is an American based multinational corporation (has branches in many countries). They make graphics processors technologies for computers and small mobile devices (for example: smartphones). The company, based in Santa Clara, California, is supplies electronic chips for motherboard chipsets, smart phones' graphic controller, graphics processing units (GPUs), and game consoles. NVIDIA product lines include: GeForce, Quadro, and nForce (chipsets).

Name[change | change source]

"NVIDIA", is a combination of two parts: n (usually used as a mathematical variable) and video (Latin: to "see").

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NVIDIA was established in 1993 by Jen-Hsun Huang, Curtis Priem, and Chris Malachowsky. In 2000 NVIDIA took intellectual possession of 3dfx, one of the biggest GPU producers in 1990s.

On December 14, 2005, NVIDIA purchased ULI. At that time ULI supplied 30% Southbridge parts for chipsets to ATI), NVIDIA's competitor. In March 2006, NVIDIA bought the company Hybrid Graphics.[1] On January 5, 2007, the company announced their acquisition of PortalPlayer, Inc.[2]

In December 2006 NVIDIA, along with its main rival in the graphics industry AMD, received subpoenas from the Justice Department. This was regarding possible antitrust violations in the graphics-card industry.[3]

Forbes magazine called NVIDIA "Company of the Year for 2007" for accomplishing company goals in last 5 years.[4]

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Graphics chipsets[change | change source]

Personal-computer platforms and chipsets[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. The Register Hardware news: Nvidia acquires Hybrid Graphics
  2. Press Release: NVIDIA acquires PortalPlayer, dated January 5, 2007.
  3. "Justice Dept. subpoenas AMD, Nvidia". New York Times. December 1 2006. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. Brian Caulfield (January 7, 2008). "Shoot to Kill". Forbes.com. Retrieved December 26, 2007.

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