The American NVIDIA Corporation is a multinational company (has branches in many countries), specialized in the production of graphics processors technologies for computers and small mobile devices (for example smartphones). The company, based in Santa Clara, California, is main company supplying electronic chips for motherboard chipsets, smartphones’ graphic controller, graphics processing units (GPUs), and game-consoles. The NVIDIA is mostly famous for its product lines: GeForce, Quadro, and nForce (chipsets).
For more than two decades, NVIDIA has pioneered visual computing, the art, eventful and science of computer graphics.
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The NVIDIA GPU is a popular graphical chipset. It can be used with either open-source driver or proprietary driver. The proprietary driver is often seen as a must-have for the more computationally intensive 3D applications and games.
- 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
- Xbox GeForce 3 – class GPU (on an Intel Pentium III/Celeron platform)
- PlayStation 3 – RSX ‘Reality Synthesizer’On December 14, 2005, NVIDIA took control over ULI (then supplied 30% Southbridge parts for chipsets to ATI), NVIDIA’s competitor. In March 2006, NVIDIA bought companyHybrid Graphics and on January 5, 2007, it announced that it had completed the acquisition of PortalPlayer, Inc.In December 2006 NVIDIA, along with its main rival in the graphics industry AMD (which bought ATI), received subpoenas from the Justice Department 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.