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  • Nvidia Corporation
  • Legal Name: Nvidia Corporation
  • Website: nvidia.com
  • Founded: 1993
  • Founder(s): Jensen Huang, Curtis Priem, Chris Malachowsky
  • Wikipedia: wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia
  • Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: NVDA

What is Nvidia?

NVIDIA is an American technology company, based in Santa Clara, California. The company is known for its popular GPU product line, GeForce. NVIDIA also released its cloud gaming service, GeForce Now. Additionally, NVIDIA provides parallel processing capabilities that are deployed in supercomputing sites allowing running high-performance applications.

NVIDIA is founded by Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky, and Curtis Priem in 1993. Prior to his role at NVIDIA, Jensen Huang, current CEO of the company, was director of CoreWare at LSI Logic and a microprocessor designer at AMD. Chris Malachowsky was working at Sun Microsystems as an electrical engineer and Curtis Priem was also working at Sun Microsystems as a senior staff engineer and graphics chip designer.

The three co-founders noticed the computationally challenging problems at video games and focused on graphics-based computing. For a long period of time, the company had no name, and the co-founders were naming their files NV, short for “next version”. These two letters lead the co-founders to the word “invidia”, which is Latin for “envy” and NVIDIA wen public in January of 1999. Later that year, the company released GeForce 256, running at 120 MHz. Shortly after, the company won a contract to develop hardware for Microsoft’s game console Xbox and earned a $200 million advance.

After its accomplishments in the early 2000s, the company was named as the Company of the Year by Forbes in 2007.  During that period of time, the company made various acquisitions to improve its products, and in 2011, the company introduced the world’s first quad-core mobile CPU, and the Tegra product line targets smartphones and tablets. In 2013, NVIDIA introduced the Tegra 4 and its Android-based handheld game console, NVIDIA Shield.

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