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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).
Company history[change | change source]
"NVIDIA", is a combination of two parts: n (usually used as a mathematical variable) and video (Latin: to "see"). 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. On January 5, 2007, the company announced their acquisition of PortalPlayer, Inc.
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.
Graphics chipsets[change | change source]
- NV1 – NVIDIA's first product, based on quadratic surfaces
- RIVA 128 and RIVA 128ZX – DirectX 5 support, OpenGL 1 support, NVIDIA's first DirectX-compliant hardware
- RIVA TNT, RIVA TNT2 – DirectX 6 support, OpenGL 1 support; the series that made NVIDIA a market-leader
- NVIDIA GeForce - Desktop-graphics acceleration-solutions
- NVIDIA Quadro – High-quality workstation solutions
- NVIDIA Tesla - Dedicated GPGPU processing for High Performance Computing systems
- NVIDIA GoForce – Media processors for PDAs, Smartphones, and mobile phones featuring nPower technology
- GPU for game consoles
Personal-computer platforms and chipsets[change | change source]
- NVIDIA nForce
- nForce IGP (AMD Athlon/Duron K7 line)
- nForce2 (AMD Athlon/Duron K7 line, SPP (system platform processor) or IGP (Integrated Graphics Platform) and MCP (Media and Communications Processor), also features SoundStorm)
- nForce3 (AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX/Opteron, MCP only)
- nForce4 (AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64 FX/Opteron, MCP only;Intel Pentium 4/Pentium D, SSP + MCP)
- nForce 500 (AMD Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64/Sempron or Intel Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium 4/Celeron D/Pentium D)
- nForce 600 (AMD Quad FX or Intel Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium 4/Celeron D/Pentium D)
- nForce 700 (Intel Core 2 and AMD Phenom)
References[change | change source]
- The Register Hardware news: Nvidia acquires Hybrid Graphics
- Press Release: NVIDIA acquires PortalPlayer, dated January 5, 2007.
- "Justice Dept. subpoenas AMD, Nvidia". New York Times. 01 December 2006. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6140041.html.
- Brian Caulfield (2008-01-07). "Shoot to Kill". Forbes.com. http://www.forbes.com/home/technology/forbes/2008/0107/092.html. Retrieved 2007-12-26.