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Nvidia

Nvidia is a Santa Clara, California-based graphics processor and artificial intelligence company founded in 1993 by Jensen Huang, Curtis Priem and Chris Malachowsky.

Overview

Nvidia (Nvidia Corporation) is a Santa Clara, California-based company founded in 1993 by Jensen Huang, Curtis Priem, and Chris Malachowsky. Nvidia employs nearly 12,000 people worldwide and 5,000 in Silicon Valley. Nvidia began as a computer graphics company and has since expanded into a full-stack computing company with data-center-scale offerings.

Nvidia manufactures graphic processing units (GPUs) for gaming and professional markets, along with laptops and drivers. The company's main products are GeForce, the world's largest gaming platform, and NVIDIA DRIVE™, Nvidia's scalable AI car platform. Nvidia also designs GameWorks software for photorealistic gaming.

Nvidia also designs systems on a chip (SOCs) for the automotive and computing markets, for high-end gaming computers, data centers, and automotive infotainment systems. Nvidia offers a series of computing technologies, including the Quadro series of video cards for professional graphics, the Tegra series of chips for cellular phones and lightweight computing, the nForce series for multimedia functions, and the Tesla series for high-end business and scientific computers.

Technology

Nvidia develops a variety of technologies across various markets, including consumer, gaming, and enterprise. Much of this technology is centered around the company's GPUs, including digital twin technologies and simulations to help enterprises increase efficiencies and developers build robotic systems. The company offers data centers and cloud-based artificial intelligence engines built on its chip manufacturing and software manufacturing, including developing technologies to power computer vision, conversational AI, recommender systems, AI avatars, robotics, and autonomous vehicles. These technologies and AI are also being developed by Nvidia for healthcare, for AI and compute engines for software-defined medical devices.

Nvidia has developed AI and compute systems to address big data and solve new problems. The company offers machine learning and neural networks for specific feature detection amidst massive amounts of data and based on Nvidia GPU parallel processing power and deep learning capabilities for learning in the neural networks on many layers of abstraction. The company developed the DirectX 12 API, which is used to develop games with ray tracing support to introduce new levels of realism. It has developed the Universal Scene Description (USD), an open-source 3D scene description and file format developed with Pixar for content creation. Other technologies include visual computing technologies, virtual reality capabilities, TXAA anti-aliasing, and 3D vision and surround.

Timeline

October 24, 2022
Nvidia working on holographic virtual reality display technology.
October 23, 2022
Despite high demand, NVIDIA allegedly prioritizes Hopper H100 AI GPUs over GeForce RTX 4090s.
October 19, 2022
Nvidia fashions an industrial-strength metaverse-as-a-service.
August 2022
Nvidia raises a $65,000,000 initial public offering from ARK Investment Management.
March 2, 2022
Nvidia says its "proprietary information" is being leaked by hackers.
January 10, 2022
Nvidia buys HPC cluster management company Bright Computing.
June 15, 2021
Nvidia releases a new batch of RTX 3080 cards.
June 1, 2021
Nvidia launches its GeForce RTX 3080 Ti "gaming flagship."
April 19, 2021
The UK government intervenes to trigger public interest scrutiny of chipmaker's Nvidia's planned to buy Arm Holdings.

Nvidia's $40BN acquisition of UK-based Arm was announced September 2020 but remains to be cleared by regulators.

November 16, 2020
Nvidia announces that GeForce Now is scheduled to land on iPhones & iPad and will beam games directly to Google's Chrome browser.

Funding Rounds

Acquisitions

Patents

Further Resources

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Author
Link
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Date

Nvidia Defends Arm Acquisition Deal: a 'Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity'

Web

January 13, 2022

NVIDIA DRIVE Dispatch (February 2022, S2E1)

Web

February 10, 2022

Nvidia hackers selling software unlock for graphics card crypto mining limiters

Martin Young

Web

March 2, 2022

Nvidia says its 'proprietary information' is being leaked by hackers

Mitchell Clark

Web

March 2, 2022

Optimize Route Planning with NVIDIA ReOpt

Web

November 10, 2021

News

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Author
Date
Publisher
Description
By TALI ARBEL
December 2, 2021
AP NEWS
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block graphics chip maker Nvidia's $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm, saying the deal would create a powerful company that could hurt the growth of new technologies.
November 16, 2021
AP NEWS
LONDON (AP) -- American technology company NVIDIA's planned $40 billion takeover of British chip designer Arm Ltd. faces months of delays after the U.K. government asked competition regulators Tuesday to investigate the national security implications of the deal.
By KELVIN CHAN
October 27, 2021
AP NEWS
LONDON (AP) -- European Union regulators opened an investigation Wednesday into graphics chipmaker Nvidia's $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm over concerns it would limit competition, adding to global scrutiny of the deal.
Dominic Nutt
October 13, 2021
go.theregister.com
You want my medical records? Good, take them - now find me a cure
Phil Booth
October 12, 2021
go.theregister.com
Who really benefits from 'secondary use' of your medical data?
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