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Nvidia Corporation
FoundedApril 5, 1993; 30 years ago (1993-04-05)
Area served
Key people
RevenueIncrease US$11.7 billion (2019)[1]
Increase US$3.804 billion (2018)[1]
Increase US$4.141 billion (2018)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$13.292 billion (2018)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$9.342 billion (2018)[1]
Number of employees
18,100 (October 2020)[1]
SubsidiariesNvidia Advanced Rendering Center
Mellanox Technologies
After proposed acquisition: Arm Ltd. (90%)

Nvidia Corporation[a] (/ɛnˈvɪdiə/ en-VID-ee-ə) is an American multinational corporation. They make graphical processing technologies for computers and small mobile devices (for example: smartphones). The company, based in Santa Clara, California, 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").

History[change | change source]

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.[2] On January 5, 2007, the company announced their acquisition of PortalPlayer, Inc.[3]

In December 2006, Nvidia, along with its main rival in the graphics industry Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), received subpoenas from the Justice Department. This was regarding possible antitrust violations in the graphics-card industry.[4]

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

Products[change | change source]

Graphics chipsets[change | change source]

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

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019". nvidianews.nvidia.com. Nvidia. February 2016.
  2. The Register Hardware news: Nvidia acquires Hybrid Graphics Archived 2007-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Press Release: NVIDIA acquires PortalPlayer, dated January 5, 2007.
  4. "Justice Dept. subpoenas AMD, Nvidia". New York Times. December 1, 2006. Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  5. Brian Caulfield (January 7, 2008). "Shoot to Kill". Forbes.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2007.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Stylized in capital letters with a lowercase "n" in its logo.

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