32 Facts About Nvidia


Nvidia is a global leader in artificial intelligence hardware and software.

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NVIDIA's GPUs are used for edge to cloud computing, and supercomputers and Nvidia expanded its presence in the gaming industry with its handheld game consoles Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, and Shield Android TV and its cloud gaming service GeForce Now.

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On February 7, 2022, facing increased regulatory hurdles, Nvidia signaled that it was dropping its acquisition of Arm.

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Nvidia subsequently received $20 million of venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital and others.

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Nvidia initially had no name and the co-founders named all their files NV, as in "next version".

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In December 2000, Nvidia reached an agreement to acquire the intellectual assets of its one-time rival 3dfx, a pioneer in consumer 3D graphics technology leading the field from mid 1990s until 2000.

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In December 2004, it was announced that Nvidia would assist Sony with the design of the graphics processor in the PlayStation 3 game console.

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On December 14, 2005, Nvidia acquired ULI Electronics, which at the time supplied third-party southbridge parts for chipsets to ATI, Nvidia's competitor.

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Nvidia announced that it planned to integrate the PhysX technology into its future GPU products.

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In September 2008, Nvidia became the subject of a class action lawsuit over the defects, claiming that the faulty GPUs had been incorporated into certain laptop models manufactured by Apple Inc, Dell, and HP.

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In September 2010, Nvidia reached a settlement, in which it would reimburse owners of the affected laptops for repairs or, in some cases, replacement.

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Nvidia claimed that the chip featured the first-ever quad-core mobile CPU.

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On July 29, 2013, Nvidia announced that they acquired PGI from STMicroelectronics.

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In May 2017, NVIDIA announced a partnership with Toyota which will use Nvidia's Drive PX-series artificial intelligence platform for its autonomous vehicles.

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Baidu unveiled that Nvidia's Drive PX 2 AI will be the foundation of its autonomous-vehicle platform.

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The following month, Apple Insider followed this up with another claim that Nvidia support was abandoned because of "relational issues in the past", and that Apple was developing its own GPU technology.

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Nvidia's shares traded at over $531 per share, and its market capitalization was valued at over US$328.

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Nvidia provided but stopped supporting an obfuscated open-source driver that only supports two-dimensional hardware acceleration and ships with the X Org distribution.

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In 2009, Nvidia was involved in what was called the "big bang" of deep learning, "as deep-learning neural networks were combined with Nvidia graphics processing units".

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That month Nvidia partnered with IBM to create a software kit that boosts the AI capabilities of Watson, called IBM PowerAI.

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Nvidia offers its own NVIDIA Deep Learning software development kit.

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Nvidia's deep learning technology led to a boost in its 2017 earnings.

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In May 2018, researchers at the artificial intelligence department of Nvidia realized the possibility that a robot can learn to perform a job simply by observing the person doing the same job.

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Nvidia then went on to promise a specific driver modification in order to alleviate the performance issues produced by the cutbacks suffered by the card.

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However, Nvidia later clarified that the promise had been a miscommunication and there would be no specific driver update for the GTX 970.

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Nvidia claimed that it would assist customers who wanted refunds in obtaining them.

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On July 27, 2016, Nvidia agreed to a preliminary settlement of the U S class action lawsuit, offering a $30 refund on GTX 970 purchases.

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Unlike AMD's competing GCN-based graphics cards which include a full implementation of hardware-based asynchronous compute, Nvidia planned to rely on the driver to implement a software queue and a software distributor to forward asynchronous tasks to the hardware schedulers, capable of distributing the workload to the correct units.

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Nvidia GeForce Partner Program was a marketing program designed to provide partnering companies with benefits such as public relations support, video game bundling, and marketing development funds.

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On December 10, 2020, Nvidia told popular YouTube tech reviewer Steven Walton of Hardware Unboxed that it would no longer supply him with GeForce Founders Edition graphics card review units.

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In 2018, Nvidia's chips became popular for cryptomining, the process of obtaining crypto rewards in exchange for verifying transactions on distributed ledgers, the SEC said.

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Nvidia, which did not admit or deny the findings, has agreed to pay $5.

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