NVIDIA has pioneered accelerated computing to tackle challenges that otherwise can’t be solved. Our work in AI and computer graphics is transforming industries valued at more than $100 trillion, from gaming to healthcare to transportation, and profoundly impacting society.
Nvidia Corporation, commonly known as Nvidia, is an American multinational technology company incorporated in Delaware and based in Santa Clara, California. It is a software and fabless company which designs graphics processing units (GPUs), application programming interface (APIs) for data science and high-performance computing as well as system on a chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market. Nvidia is a global leader in artificial intelligence hardware and software. Its professional line of GPUs are used in workstations for applications in such fields as architecture, engineering and construction, media and entertainment, automotive, scientific research, and manufacturing design.
In addition to GPU manufacturing, Nvidia provides an API called CUDA that allows the creation of massively parallel programs which utilize GPUs. They are deployed in supercomputing sites around the world. More recently, it has moved into the mobile computing market, where it produces Tegra mobile processors for smartphones and tablets as well as vehicle navigation and entertainment systems. In addition to AMD, its competitors include Intel, Qualcomm and AI-accelerator companies such as Graphcore.
With the belief that the PC one day would become a consumer device for enjoying games and multimedia, NVIDIA is founded by Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem. At the time, there were more than two dozen graphics chips companies, a number that would soar to 70 three years later. By 2006, NVIDIA was the only independent still operating.
NVIDIA's reaches its first strategic partnership with SGS-Thomson Microelectronics to manufacture the company's single-chip graphical-user interface accelerator. Diamond Multimedia Systems is selected to install the chips in multimedia accelerator boards.