NVIDIA의 역사

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1993

JENSEN HUANG, CHRIS MALACHOWSKY, CURTIS PRIEM가 NVIDIA 창립

언젠가 PC가 게임과 멀티미디어를 즐기기 위한 소비자 디바이스가 될 것이라는 믿음으로 NVIDIA는 Jensun Huang, Chris Malachowsky, 그리고 Curtis Priem에 의해 공동 창업되었습니다. 당시만 해도 그래픽 칩 회사는 20개가 넘었고 3년 뒤에는 무려 70개까지 늘었습니다. 2006년까지 NVIDIA는 여전히 독립적으로 운영되고 있었습니다.

1994

SGS-THOMPSON과 첫 번째 전략적 파트너십 관계 체결

NVIDIA는 SGS-Thomson Microelectronics와의 첫 번째 전략적 제휴를 통해 회사의 단일 칩 그래픽 사용자 인터페이스 가속기를 제조하였습니다. 다이아몬드 멀티미디어 시스템은 멀티미디어 가속기 보드에 칩을 설치하도록 선택되었습니다.

1995

첫 번째 제품 NV1 출시

아케티드 게임의 선두 주자인 Sega는 자사의 게임인 Virtual Fighter를 NVIDIA 그래픽으로 실행되는 최초의 3D게임으로 포팅하였습니다.
회사의 첫 번째 제품인 NVIDIA NV1가 출시되었습니다. PCI 카드가 Diamond Edge 3D로 판매되었으며 2차 텍스처 매핑을 기반으로 하는 2D/3D 그래픽 코어가 특징입니다.

1996

첫 번째 MICROSOFT DIRECTX 드라이버 공개

NVIDIA는 성능이 중요한 3D 그래픽을 렌더링하는데 사용되는 API인 Direct3D를 지원하는 최초의 Microsoft DirectX 드라이버를 발표했다.

1997

RIVA 128 출시, 4개월 만에 1백만 개 판매 달성

세계 최초의 128 비트의 3D프로세서인 RIVA 128을 출시하였습니다. 처음으로 OEM 인증을 받으며 출시 4개월 만에 100만대가 출하되었습니다.

1998

TSMC와 파트너십 관계 체결

NVIDIA 제품 제조를 돕기 시작한 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company와 다년간의 전략적 제휴 관계를 맺었습니다.
NVIDIA는 RIVA 프로세서 제품군을 확장합니다. RIVA 128ZX는 업계에서 가장 빠른 3D프로세싱 기능을 제공합니다. RIVA TNT는 최초의 멀티 텍스처 3D 프로세서입니다.
팹리스 반도체 협회는 업계에서 가장 존경 받는 팹리스 기업으로 2년 연속 NVIDIA를 선정하였습니다.

1999

GPU 발명

NVIDIA는 그래픽 프로세싱 유닛을 발명하며 업계에 새로운 지평을 열었습니다. GeForce 256은 세계 최초의 GPU로, NVIDIA는 변환, 조명, 트라이앵글 셋업과 클리핑이 통합된 단일 칩 프로세서이며 초당 최소 1,000만 개의 포릴곤을 처리할 수 있는 렌더링 엔진으로 정의하였습니다. 최신 GPU는 초당 70억 개 이상의 폴리곤을 처리할 수 있습니다.
NVIDIA introduces the Quadro GPU for professional graphics. Quadro soon becomes the standard for professionals designing everything from tennis shoes to automobiles.
NVIDIA는 주당 12달러의 IPO를 발표하였습니다.

2000

GRAPHICS PIONEER 3DFX 인수

Microsoft selects NVIDIA to provide the graphics processors for its first Xbox gaming console.
NVIDIA acquires the assets of 3dfx, a pioneer in graphics technology.
GeForce2 Go, the world's first notebook GPU, is launched.

2001

NFORCE와 협업하여 통합 그래픽 시장에 진출

With the nForce platform, NVIDIA enters the integrated graphics market.
The company introduces the industry's first programmable GPU, NVIDIA GeForce3, which enables developers to create custom visual effects.
Following the events of 9/11, NVIDIA employees forego a holiday party in favor of a community day of service. The event becomes an annual tradition and is later named "Project Inspire".
NVIDIA becomes the fastest semiconductor company to reach $1 billion in revenue, and is added to the S&P 500.

2002

미국에서 가장 빨리 성장하는 기업으로 선정

The company ships its 100 millionth processor.
Hugely popular "Dawn" demo is unveiled at Game Developers Conference. Scene depicts a forest fairy with translucent wings, lifelike expressions, seamless curves and extraordinary detail.
'The Way It's Meant to Be Played' is introduced, in an effort to encourage game-developers to fully exploit the power of the GPU.
Fortune magazine names NVIDIA the fastest-growing company in the U.S.

2003

MEDIA Q 인수

Stanford Business School Alumni Association names NVIDIA as Entrepreneurial Company of the Year, joining such past honorees as eBay, Charles Schwab & Co. and Cisco Systems.
A trio of demos — Dusk, Ogre and Time Machine — showcase lifelike, geometric hair, motion blur, time-based shading, advanced skin shading, and other groundbreaking graphics features.
The company acquires Media Q, a leader in graphics and multimedia technology for wireless.

2004

SLI 출시, 단일 PC의 그래픽 기능을 대폭 향상함

NVIDIA teams up with Blizzard Entertainment on the release of World of Warcraft in 3D graphics. The massively multiplayer online game would go on to become the world's most popular.
SLI technology is launched, allowing multiple GPUs to be linked together and dramatically increase the graphics power of a single machine.
NVIDIA helps NASA reconstruct the terrain of Mars. Using NVIDIA technology, data transmitted by the Rover is rendered in photorealistic virtual reality, allowing scientists to explore Mars as if they were moving freely on the red planet's surface.

2005

SONY PLAYSTATION 3용 프로세서 개발

NVIDIA announces its development of the processor for Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console.
ULi Electronics, a Taiwan-based developer of core logic technology, is acquired.

2006

CUDA 아키텍처 공개

NVIDIA ships its 500 millionth graphics processor.
NVIDIA unveils CUDA, a revolutionary architecture for general purpose GPU computing. CUDA will enable scientists and researchers to harness the parallel processing capabilities of GPUs to tackle their most complex computing challenges.
Acquisition of Hybrid Graphics, a developer of embedded 2D and 3D graphics software for handheld devices.

2007

FORBES에 의해 올해의 기업으로 선정

The company achieves its first quarter with $1 billion in revenue.
NVIDIA wins an Emmy award for the impact its innovative graphics processors have had on the entertainment industry.
Forbes magazine names NVIDIA "Company of the Year." The article cites NVIDIA's advantage in the graphics market, as well as its incredible growth over the previous year.
Launch of the Tesla GPU. The computing power previously available in supercomputers is made widely accessible for researchers in fields such as drug discovery, medical imaging and weather modeling.
PortalPlayer, a supplier of semiconductors, firmware and software for personal media players, is acquired.

2008

TEGRA 모바일 프로세서 출시

NVIDIA launches the Tegra mobile processor, which consumes 30-times less power than a typical PC notebook and delivers dazzling performance.
Tokyo Tech builds Tsubame, the first Tesla GPU-based supercomputer to land on the list of the world's Top 500 supercomputers.
Mental images, a leader in visual rendering software, is acquired. Its iray software, coupled with Quadro GPUs, gives creative professionals instant feedback via photorealistic renderings of their designs.
GeForce 9400M GPU is adopted by Apple for its groundbreaking MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks.
AGEIA, a developer of gaming physics technology, is acquired. Its PhysX software is used in games to replicate how physics impacts objects in the physical world.

2009

첫 번째 GPU 기술 컨퍼런스에서 FERMI 아키텍처 출시

NVIDIA works with Google to unleash Android on its Tegra processors.
NVIDIA and Siemens Healthcare create the world's first 3D ultrasound.
Industrial Light and Magic's chief technology officer, Richard Kerris, kicks off the inaugural GPU Technology Conference, which gathers the brightest minds in high performance computing. NVIDIA uses the event to introduce its next generation CUDA GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi."
3D Vision, the world's first high-definition 3D stereo solution for the home, is launched at CES.

2010

세계에서 가장 빠른 슈퍼컴퓨터에 NVIDIA 제품이 사용됨

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs power world's fastest supercomputer, China's Tianhe-1A.
NVIDIA GPUs power all "Best Visual Effects" Academy Award nominees, including Avatar and Star Trek.
Introduction of Optimus technology, a breakthrough for notebook PCs that automatically manages the GPU to balance battery life and performance.
Audi selects NVIDIA GPUs to power the navigation and entertainment systems in all its vehicles worldwide.

2011

베이스밴드 부문 선도 기업인 ICERA 인수

NVIDIA launches Tegra 2, the world's first dual-core mobile processor, which the first Android tablets are built on.
A six-year cross-licensing agreement with Intel wins NVIDIA $1.5 billion in licensing fees.
Quadro GPUs again power all Academy Award nominees for "Best Visual Effects," including Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
NVIDIA ships its 1 billionth graphics processor.
"Project Denver," a custom CPU based on the ultra-efficient ARM architecture, is unveiled at CES.

2012

KEPLER 아키텍처 기반 GPU 출시

Oak Ridge National Laboratory rolls out Titan, world's top supercomputer, powered by Kepler-based NVIDIA Tesla GPUs.
NVIDIA once again powers every Oscar-nominated film for best visual effects, including the winner Hugo.
First virtualized GPU unveiled, as GRID brings graphics to the cloud.
Powerful Tegra 3-based tablets and smartphones are launched.
Newsweek names NVIDIA sixth-greenest company in America.
Kepler-based GeForce GTX 600 series introduced, offering world's fastest gaming performance.

2013

모바일 프로세서 제품군 TEGRA 4 공개

Tegra Note, a complete tablet platform with groundbreaking stylus and camera capabilities, hits retail.
Tegra 4, world's fastest quad-core mobile processor, and Tegra 4i, NVIDIA's first fully integrated 4G LTE mobile processor, are announced.
NVIDIA SHIELD introduced, the ultimate gaming and entertainment portable.
GeForce GTX TITAN launched for gamers, built with the same DNA as the world's #1 supercomputer.
The Portland Group is acquired, advancing NVIDIA's creation of developer tools for the accelerated-computing revolution.
NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance unveiled, delivering ultra-fast GPU performance to nearly any device on small business networks.

2014

TEGRA K1 SHIELD 태블릿 출시로 ANDROID 게임이 변곡점에 도달