(NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, www.nvidia.com) A leading designer of graphics processors for personal computers. Founded in 1993 by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem, NVIDIA launched its first multimedia processor, the NV1, in 1995. NVIDIA is a fabless company (chips are made elsewhere) that is known worldwide for its advanced graphics technologies. NVIDIA chips with brand names such as GeForce, Quadro, Vanta and RIVA are built into the display adapters of dozens of peripheral product companies as well as in PDAs and cellphones.|
NVIDIA's nForce line is a family of chipsets for AMD-based motherboards that come with and without graphics display. Custom NVIDIA chips also power Microsoft's Xbox game console.