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Firms: NVIDIA Corporation

Updated on August 14, 2014
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NVIDIA?

NVIDIA – the inventors of the GPU, and the leading pioneer of visual computing. This tech giant has yet to reach its peak. Found in 1993 by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky, and Curtis Priem, NVIDIA has experienced a super-burst growth rate, from having just three people to an impressive 8,800 employees in just two decades. And no doubt, the company will certainly continue to grow exponentially as long as their creativity and inspiration are expanding. NVIDIA is regarded second in number of employees among related companies of Semiconductor – Specialized industry (Source: Macroaxis).

NVIDIAN History

  • 1995: NVIDIA launches the NV1, its first product.
  • 1997: 1 million units of RIVA 128 are sold within first four months
  • 1999: Invention of GPU
  • 2001: NVIDIA enters integrated graphics market with NForce
  • 2002: Named America’s fastest-growing company
  • 2004: Launch of SLI, a systems turbocharger
  • 2005: Development of processor for Playstation 3
  • 2007: Named Company of the Year by Forbes
  • 2008: TEGRA, a mobile processor, is launched
  • 2009: FERMI architecture released at Inaugural GPU Technology Conference
  • 2010: World’s fastest supercomputers are powered by NVIDIA
  • 2012: Launch of Kepler Architecture-based GPUs
  • 2013: Tegra 4 Family is introduced

The timeline is shown in NVIDIA's official website.

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Executives

Founders:

Jen-Hsun Huang: Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

  • NVIDIA invented the GPU in 1999, under Huang’s leadership. His leadership since, has constantly exceeded the norm, setting new standards for visual computing. Huang holds a BSEE degree from Oregon State University and an MSEE degree from Stanford University. He has received several prominent awards and recognitions – Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from Global Semiconductor Association, Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California, an honorary doctorate from OSU, and induction to the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2012. Huang was employed at LSI Logic and Advanced Micro Devices before founding NVIDIA.

Chris A. Malachowsky: Co-Founder and SVP

  • Together with Jen-Hsun Huang, Malachowsky co-founded NVIDIA in 1993. Malachowsky has led the company through countless operations and managements. Before founding NVIDIA, he was working at HP and Sun Microsystems as an engineering and technical leadership position. Malachowsky holds a BSEE degree from University of Florida, as well as MSCS degree from Santa Clara University. He was given Distinguished Alumnus awards by both schools.

Full list of the executive officers, as well as the information above can be found in NVIDIA’s official website.

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Tegra K1
Tegra K1 | Source
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Products

NVIDIA offers an extensive selection of products. 3D Vision, Servers, Automotive, Handheld Devices, Home Entertainment, Graphics Cards, GPU Applications, and Software are just some of NVIDIA’s product categories.

  • GeForce GTX Titan Z: the fastest and the most powerful gaming graphics card that NVIDIA can offer. Built to run 99%, if not 100%, of all the computer games on maximum graphics settings, the powerhouse boasts 5760 cores and 12 GB of memory.
  • Quadro 6000: World’s best workstation graphics card, for the FX (Special Effects and Visual Effects) Professionals who work with heavy rendering and video editing.
  • Tegra K1: This mobile processor includes Kepler-based GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA Cores, which powers the most powerful computers. Imagine the computer-like graphics in a mobile device. Tegra K1 is capable of revolutionizing the gaming experiences of the mobile game manias.
  • Tesla GPUs: Extremely powerful series of Scientific/Mathematical Application GPU. If you’re a scientist, engineer, mathematician, or anyone who uses applications/software that require heavy duty processors, the Tesla GPUs would be the perfect choice.
  • CUDA: A parallel computing platform and programming model that allows for phenomenal boosts in graphic performance. There are several real-life applications for this neat invention: Identification of hidden plaques in arteries, and Analysis of air traffic flow, Visualization of molecules.
  • PhysX: Computer game graphics performance enhancer. PhysX allows for realistic/exaggerated physics simulation to allow for smooth, realistic, and dynamic gaming environment. This enhancement option is widely available for games such as Borderlands 2, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Metro: Last Light.
  • SHIELD Project: Consisted of three devices: SHIELD Portable, SHIELD Controller, and SHIELD Tablet, these three offers console-like gaming experience anywhere. The devices use Tegra 4 mobile processors, and play Android Games (and applications from Android Marketplace) & streamed PC games.

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Did you know?

  • In order to reveal the 192-core Tegra K1 processor, NVIDIA went as far as to utilize a crop circle specialist team to create a crop circle in a barley field near Salinas, California. To describe the supernatural capability of the processor, which packs unbelievable amount of power into such a tiny unit, NVIDIA created the circle in clandestine. This “mysterious” crop circle was deemed as the definite creation of the aliens, for its complexity and scale, by the people around the globe. (Especially because the crop circle appeared overnight). Because people thought such crop circle was the work of a civilization other than human beings, NVIDIA’s point was flawlessly proven – that the new processor is similar to the crop circle in its superb alien-like technology.
  • NVIDIA made $4.13 billion in revenue for the fiscal year of 2013.
  • NVIDIA has shipped more than 1 billion GPU to date.

Internship & Coop

NVIDIA’s internship looks very solid. Offering multiple premium benefits, interns would feel privileged working for the company.

NVIDIA is looking for students who are passionate, hard-working, and creative. Interns work on real projects with employees of various positions. Following intern positions are available:

Software, Hardware, Architecture, Systems and Applications, Technical Marketing, Information Technology

Some benefits for interns include:

  • Hassle Free transportation
  • Housing and Relocation stipend
  • Help with shipping
  • Intern events (invitations to exclusive events)
  • Health benefits
  • Orientation and Mentoring
  • Compensation (Paid Internship)
  • Car rental policy

Career

These are only some job positions available at NVIDIA out of many. Use this list to get an idea of what kind of jobs are available in NVIDIA.

  • Developer tools engineer (LINUX)
  • Senior Memory Controller Verification Engineer
  • Senior Systems/Administrator/Engineer (Perforce)
  • Sr. Graphics systems software engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Corporate marketing events specialist
  • Software Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Hardware Engineer
  • Senior Technologist
  • Computer & Operating System Engineer
  • Many more

Credits

Most information is obtained from NVIDIA's website: www.nvidia.com

Macroaxis for the employee statistics.

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