Nvidia is a company that deals mostly in the manufacturing of graphics chips, mainly for PC’s but in the last 3-5 years they have been developing mobile GPUs in an attempt to expand into the space. Ever since their mobile chip division had been taking some hits as of the release of the Tegra 4, Nvidia was expected by many to post losses as a whole, although not just due to their declining mobile chip sales but also due to a struggling PC market. In spite of this, Nvidia is reported to have posted another strong quarter in sales thanks to the graphics chips being bought up, posting a profit of $193.1 million up from $146.9 million at the same time in 2013. This also led to Nvidia’s revenue growth reaching a total of nine percent.
PC gaming is a huge business, and with games from the current generation pushing the envelope with graphics even further, Nvidia has been able to maintain a strong sales outcome because their chips provide gamers with a stellar visual experience, and PC gamers tend to be an especially loyal lot. Q4 2014 profits however are more so from PC GPUs than mobile chips as there aren’t that many mobile devices sporting the Tegra chipset anymore, which caused a slight decline in mobile chip sales totaling a drop of fifteen percent, bringing their mobile chip sales to $112 million for the fourth quarter in 2014.
Although Nvidia has stated before that they won’t be continuing to power smartphones with their latest Tegra processing chips like they had in the past, we’ll still continue to see Tegra GPUs like the recently unveiled Tegra X1 chip(termed by Nvidia CEO as the world’s first mobile super chip)inside of tablets and Nvidia’s own future gaming centered mobile devices, like the rumored successor to the Shield Tablet. Nvidia is also placing their chips inside of Automobiles in a move to break into the connected car market, and of course they will continue to pump out graphics cards for PC’s as gamers will seemingly ever be eager to upgrade their gaming rigs to take advantage of the next big game that boasts impressive graphics.