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Nvidia Corporation

Nvidia is a multinational corporation which specializes in the development of graphics processing units and chipset technologies for workstations, personal computers, and mobile devices. Based in Santa Clara, California, the company has become a major supplier of integrated circuits (ICs), designing graphics processing units (GPUs) and chipsets used in graphics cards, in personal-computer motherboards, and in video game consoles. According to a survey conducted in the third quarter of 2007 by market watch firm Jon Peddie Research, Nvidia occupied the top slot in the desktop graphic devices market with a market share of 37.8%. However, in the mobile space, it remained third with 22.8% of the market. Overall Nvidia has maintained its position as the second-largest supplier of PC graphic shipments, which includes both integrated and discrete GPUs, with 33.9% market share, their highest in many years, which puts them just behind Intel (38%). According to the monthly Steam hardware survey conducted by the game developer Valve,[19] Nvidia has 61.88% of PC video card market share (as of February 2010), and ATI has 30.92% of the PC video card market share. Graphics chipsets 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, Nvidia's first marketleading[citation needed] product Nvidia GeForce: graphics processors for personal computers Nvidia Quadro: graphics processors for professional workstations Nvidia Tesla: dedicated GPGPU processors for high-performance computing systems Nvidia GoForce: media processors featuring nPower technology for PDAs and mobile phones Nvidia Tegra: system-on-a-chip with an ARM processor for mobile devices such as smartphones, PDAS, and MIDs