NVIDIA Corporation

Company Profile

■URL

http://www.nvidia.com

■Address

2788 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95051, USA

Business Overview

-The Company is a technology company which develops and designs graphics processing units (GPUs) and platforms, as well as hardware and software for computationally intensive applications. It primarily serves four separate markets: Gaming, Professional Visualization, Datacenter, and Automotive.

-The Company’s operations related to the automotive market are focused around cockpit infotainment solutions, autonomous vehicle platforms and related development agreements. 

-At its annual conference held in May 2020, the Company said it plans to enter the semiconductor market for technology that helps cars with various driver assistance features. The move represents a change in direction for the Company as robotaxis remain years away from mass adoption. Until now, the Company has supplied technology for heavily autonomous vehicles that require sophisticated computers. The shift in strategy is aimed to help automakers that struggle with maintaining two systems, one for ADAS features currently available, and one for advanced self-driving technology. The Company’s new system will be able to manage both types of autonomous features, saving engineering efforts and optimizing certain driver assistance functions. Its new technology will use the Orin processing chip launched in December 2019. The chips will be part of a larger system that includes cameras and will likely be built by traditional automotive suppliers such as Continental AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG or Robert Bosch. The Company expects vehicles with the new system could start production by early 2023. (From multiple sources on May 13, 2020)

-The Company is organized into two reportable segments:

  • Graphics: GeForce GPUs for gaming and PCs, the GeForce NOW game streaming service and related infrastructure, and solutions for gaming platforms; Quadro/NVIDIA RTX GPUs for enterprise design; GRID software for cloud-based visual and virtual computing; and automotive platforms for infotainment systems
  • Compute & Networking: Data Center platforms and systems for AI, HPC, and accelerated computing; Mellanox networking and  interconnect solutions; automotive AI Cockpit, autonomous driving development agreements, and autonomous vehicle solutions; and Jetson for robotics and other embedded platforms

-The Company employs a fabless manufacturing strategy and does not directly manufacture the semiconductors used for its products. Instead, it utilizes suppliers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung Electronics for all phases of the wafer manufacturing process. The Company also uses independent subcontractors for assembly, testing and packaging of its products, while performing quality assurance and configuration on incoming semiconductors itself.

Competitors
-Alphabet
-Amazon
-Ambarella
-AMD
-Broadcom
-Intel
-Qualcomm
-Renesas
-Samsung
-Tesla
-Xilinx

Shareholders

-The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market.

Products

ーXavier System on Chip (SoC)
-Hardware for autonomous driving platform

  • DRIVE AGX Pegasus capable of 320 TOPS
  • DRIVE AGX Xavier capable of 30 TOPS with low power consumption
  • DRIVE AGX Orin capable of 200 TOPS
  • NVIDIA Drive Hyperion data collection and perception evaluation platform

-Software for autonomous driving platform

  • DRIVE AV Safety Force Field computational framework for autonomous vehicles
  • DRIVE IX intelligent experience software development kit
  • DRIVE AR augmented reality software development kit
  • DRIVE AutoPilot level 2+ autonomous system
  • DRIVE AP2X level 2+ autonomous driving solution (includes DRIVE AV, DRIVE IX, and DRIVE AutoPilot)
  • NVIDIA DriveWorks software development kit
  • Drive OS operating system for accelerated computing

-DRIVE Constellation autonomous vehicle simulator consisting of sensor simulator server and vehicle computer server
-DGX deep-learning AI systems for data center applications
-DRIVE Mapping solution to create, update and localize cloud-based maps
-NVIDIA Drive Infrastructure end-to-end solution for complete data center

History

1993 NVIDIA founded
1994 Established first strategic alliance with SGS-THOMPSON
1998 Partnership contract with TSMC
1999 Invented GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
2008 Started selling TEGRA Mobile Processor
2015, Jan. Announced NVIDIA DRIVE computer for automotive application

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