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(NasdaqNM: NVDA)


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the store, graphics chipmaker Nvidia came up with another ingenious way to take your money. The company introduced so-called SLI graphics, which connect two high-end cards together to share the work of rendering hot games like Doom 3 in all their eye-popping glory. The premium products contributed to a 17% sales jump, to $2.47 billion.

Company Info

2005 Rank

Not Ranked

($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

17 %

($ Millions)


Return on Equity

20.4 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)


Share Price
As of 5/31/06



NasdaqNM: NVDA

No. of Employees


Industry Semiconductors
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

NVIDIA offers programmable graphics processor technologies worldwide. The company offers its products under four categories: graphics processing units (GPU), media and communications processors (MCP), handheld GPUs, and consumer electronics. Its GPU products include the GeForce family of desktop GPUs, and GeForce Go and NVIDIA Quadro Go families of notebook GPUs. These GPU products support desktop PCs, notebook PCs, and professional workstations. The company's MCP product family, known as NVIDIA nForce, supports desktop PCs, notebook PCs, professional workstations, and servers. Its handheld GPU product family, known as GoForce, supports handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) and multimedia cellular phones. The Consumer Electronics group offers products that support video game consoles and other digital consumer electronics devices, such as PlayStation3 and Xbox. NVIDIA offers its products to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, system integrators, motherboard manufacturers, and add-in board manufacturers, and industry trendsetters. The company was co-founded by Jen-Hsun Huang in 1993. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Jen-Hsun Huang

Jen-Hsun Huang, 42

President and Chief Executive Officer

Total Compensation


Value of Options


Stanford University - MS, Oregon State University - BS

Jen-Hsun Huang co-founded NVIDIA in April, 1993, and has been president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board since the company's inception. From 1985 to 1993, Huang was employed at LSI Logic, a computer chip manufacturer, where he held a variety of positions, including director of the business unit responsible for LSI's "system-on-a-chip"strategy. From 1984 to 1985, Huang was a microprocessor designer for Advanced Micro Devices. Huang holds a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and a master's degree from Stanford University.

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