NVIDIA Ships One-Billionth GeForce Graphics Processor

January 13, 2011

By Jimmy Thang

NVIDIA, in conjunction with semiconductor foundry TSMC, has shipped its one-billionth GeForce graphics processor.

The Santa Clara-based tech company was founded in 1993. In 1999, NVIDIA went on to invent the graphics processing unit.

"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. Regarding the company's relationship with its Taiwanese partner, Huang added, "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."

TSMC chariman and CEO Dr. Morris Chang reciprocated the positive sentiments and said, "NVIDIA's achievement is a prime example of how close collaboration between foundry and fabless companies can benefit the consumer electronics market, the semiconductor market segment, and both companies' shareholders." He added, "NVIDIA has been a model of vision and innovation, and we highly value the long-term relationship between NVIDIA and TSMC."