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ⓘ Nvidia Corporation is an American multinational corporation. They make graphics processors technologies for computers and small mobile devices. The company, bas ..




Nvidia
                                     

ⓘ Nvidia

Nvidia Corporation is an American multinational corporation. They make graphics processors technologies for computers and small mobile devices. The company, based in Santa Clara, California, is supplies electronic chips for motherboard chipsets, smart phones graphic controller, graphics processing units, and game consoles. Nvidia product lines include: GeForce, Quadro, and nForce.

                                     

1. History

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), Nvidias 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 Advanced Micro Devices AMD, received subpoenas from the Justice Department. This was regarding possible antitrust violations in the graphics-card industry.

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

                                     

2.1. Products Graphics chipsets

  • PlayStation 3 - RSX Reality Synthesizer
  • Nvidia Quadro – High-quality workstation solutions
  • NV1 – Nvidias first product, based on quadratic surfaces
  • Nvidia GeForce - Desktop-graphics acceleration-solutions
  • Nvidia GoForce – Media processors for PDAs, Smartphones, and mobile phones featuring nPower technology
  • GPU for game consoles
  • RIVA 128 and RIVA 128ZX – DirectX 5 support, OpenGL 1 support, Nvidias first DirectX-compliant hardware
  • RIVA TNT, RIVA TNT2 – DirectX 6 support, OpenGL 1 support; the series that made Nvidia a market-leader
  • Nvidia Tesla - Dedicated GPGPU processing for High Performance Computing systems
  • Xbox GeForce 3 - class GPU on an Intel Pentium III/Celeron platform
                                     

2.2. Products Personal-computer platforms and chipsets

  • nForce 700 Intel Core 2 and AMD Phenom
  • nForce3 AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX/Opteron, MCP only
  • nForce2 AMD Athlon/Duron K7 line, SPP system platform processor or IGP Integrated Graphics Platform and MCP Media and Communications Processor, also features SoundStorm)
  • nForce 600 AMD Quad FX or Intel Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/Pentium 4/Celeron D/Pentium D
  • 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 IGP AMD Athlon/Duron K7 line
  • Nvidia nForce
  • nForce4