Based in Santa Clara, California, NVIDIA manufactures graphics processing units (GPUs) and system-on-a-chip units (SOCs) for mobile computing. While they do offer other products and services, the GPU and SOCs business is their primary focus.
When it comes to the GPU business, NVIDIA is in direct competition with AMD. NVIDIA’s GeForce line goes head-to-head with AMD’s Radieon line of products. Interestingly enough, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was previously a microprocessor designer at AMD.
The company was co-founded by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky, and Curtis Priem in 1993. While Jen-Hsun came via AMD, Chris and Curtis were both engineers at Sun Microsystems.
Through the years NVIDIA has released a number of tablets, with the most recent addition to the line being the Tegra Note 7. The tablet leverages many of the company’s key technologies. Inside you can find a 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 chipset with 1GB of RAM. The chipset and other key components make the Tegra Note 7 one of the fastest browsing 7-inch tablets on the market.
NVIDIA has also jumped into the gaming industry with the release of the Shield. The NVIDIA Shield is a handheld gaming console that was released on July 31, 2013. The console runs on Android, features a 5-inch flip-up touchscreen display, two analog joysticks, D-pad, and Tegra 4 processor.