Nvidia, is based in Santa Clara, CA and was founded n 1993 by Jen-Huang. In 1999 when Nvidia invented the GPU, it became a public company. It has since grown and now has more 5000 employees in more than 20 countries. To meet the high demand and growing uses for GPU’s Nvidia has developed five product brands to meet the needs of each market segment:
NVIDIA has also introduced a number of important technologies:
· 3D Vision incorporates specialized shutter-glasses and software that enable immersive 3D visualization for games, video, photos, and Blu-ray 3D.
· SLI harnesses the power of multiple GPUs on a single motherboard to deliver a high-resolution gaming experience.
· Optimus allows notebook power-savings by seamlessly routing the graphics workload to either an NVIDIA discrete GPU or integrated graphics, resulting in improved battery life and performance.
· PhysX is a graphics engine which replicates in real-time the dynamic that the forces of nature – such as gravity and motion – has on physical objects. It is available on all gaming platforms including the PC, game consoles, and the iPhone.
· CUDA parallels computing architecture, which enables GPUs to work with numerical data, as well as the geometry and pixels of an image. It is increasingly being used in a wide range of non-visual contexts, from life sciences and medicine to energy discovery and quantum chemistry. There are now over 60,000 active CUDA developers around the world. It is taught by more than 300 universities in 40 countries.
Examples of Nvidia’s technology consist of a truly wonderful experience for expecting parents. Partnering with Siemens Healthcare, Nvidia has taken an ultrasound to a new level. By using NVIDA 3D Vision and NVIDIA Quadro FX, it has created an immersive and detailed 3D/4D ultrasound, taking the experience to a whole new level. This new technology has not only enhanced the experience for parents but has done so in a way that is cost-effective to physicians. Imagine being able to see your baby’s face before he/she is even born. To know who he/she will look like. Those months of built up anticipation for some parents is killer. For those who can not wait to see their little one’s face this technology is like a dream come true. Below is a picture of what a 3D Ultrasound image looks like:
Using similar technology by Nvidia, TechniScan Medical Systems is helping woman and their doctors face a bigger, life threatening challenge, by using parallel computing to get faster, accurate information about breast health. Currently the detection of breast cancer is done by using 2D ultrasound and procedures like biopsy. Neither option is an ideal detection method and sometimes the procedures can be unnecessary but when it comes to something like cancer Doctors tend to always take the aggressive approach. With the 3D technology, detailed images are taken and this helps doctors find and treat breast cancer more effectively. This procedure would also help to eliminate the unnecessary fear and pain woman have suffered when in the process of possibly being diagnosed with breast cancer. Although not yet available for sale this is a very promising piece of technology that will be able to help millions facing this disease. Every year millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer, if this technology could help detect the disease earlier and less costly it would help the survival rate tremendously. Here is a video clip on how the technology works: