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Jen Huang, an inhabitant of Taiwan is an American entrepreneur and business man. He is a unique technology leader. After serving Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and LSI Logic Corporation for almost a decade, he cofounded NVIDIA an American based global technology company operating across the world in the field of visual computing, supercomputing, mobile computing and cloud computing. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company since its inception. Under his astute leadership and management, NVIDIA has grown astoundingly over the years and has become a market leader in the field of visual computing, and PC and professional graphics technology. Under the leadership of Jen Huang, NVIDIA also gained expertise in programmable GPU’s which did help them to achieve a breakthrough in parallel processing. This also made computing more affordable and also highly accessible.

Early Days and Education

Jen Huang - a Taiwanese-American, was born on 17th February, 1963 in Taipei, Taiwan. He spent his early childhood in Oneida Baptist Institute. His family moved to Oregon after leaving Oneida Baptist Institute. Jen Huang was very good at athletics from his childhood and started playing table tennis at an early age in downtown Portland. At the age of 15, he secured third position in junior doubles at the U.S. Open table tennis championships.

Jen Huang graduated from Aloha High School located in Portland. He received his BSEE degree (undergraduate degree in electrical engineering) from Oregon State University in 1984 after he moved to California. He was brilliant in his studies and joined as a microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. right after completing his collegiate education and later served as Director of Coreware at LSI Logic. He received his MSEE degree (master's degree in electrical engineering) from Stanford University in 1992. After this, he used his business acumen to rise to the occasion and become a renowned businessman in this information technology era.

The Spark

Jen-Hsun Huang co-founded of NVIDIA in 1993. NVIDIA, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is an American based technology company serving the world in visual computing, supercomputing, mobile computing and cloud computing domains. Jen Huang, through NVIDIA gave a breakthrough technology to the world by inventing graphics processing unit (GPU) that improvises the performance of various systems and applications. Under his leadership and guidance, NVIDIA has set new standards in the world of visual computing and system on chip solutions. Since its inception NVIDIA has set new standards by inventing new breathtaking technologies in the field of visual, super, mobile and cloud computing and till date the company has secured more than 5,500 U.S. patents granted, allowed or pending.

Supported by his business acumen and vision, NVIDIA has grown by leaps and bounds and at become the chief rival of AMD Graphics Technologies in the high performance GPU market. He started the company by manufacturing PC graphics and gradually ventured into the business of professional graphics. The company now employs over 8,000 employees worldwide and has shipped over one billion GPUs till date. In 2012, the company earned USD4.2 billion in revenue. As of May 2013, NVIDIA has a market capitalization of USD7.79 billion.

His Professional Journey

Jen Huang started his professional career in 1984, right after completing his BSEE degree, with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) – a semiconductor company, as a microprocessor designer. He served AMD for about a year and in 1985 joined LSI Logic Corporation – a computer chip manufacturer. He served LSI Logic Corporation from 1985 until 1993 in various positions. Most recently he served LSI Logic Corporation as Director of Coreware – the business unit responsible for complete design and development of LSI Logic Corporation's ‘System on a Chip’ strategy.

After completing his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1992 Jen Huang, along with Curtis Priem and Chris Malachowsky, co-founded NVIDIA in April 1993. Jen Huang is serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NVIDIA since its inception. Under his entrepreneurship and able leadership, NVIDIA revolutionized the world of visual computing and computer gaming with the invention of graphics processing units (GPUs) in 1999. Graphics processing unit along with central processing unit (CPU) accelerates general-purpose scientific and engineering applications, due to which applications runs significantly faster. NVIDIA releases its graphics processing unit products under the brand name GeForce – the gaming graphics processing products. Because of these achievements, in the year 1999, Ernst and Young named Jen Huang as the Entrepreneur of the Year in High Technology.

Deep rooted in visual computing, NVIDIA, under the visionary leadership of Jen Huang, diversified into supercomputing, mobile computing and cloud computing. The company started with PC graphics and gradually expanded to professional graphics and has become an international standard in visual computing. At present, along with GeForce, the company also manufactures and sales Quadro – a computer-aided design and digital content creation workstation graphics processing product invented in 2000; Telsa – a general purpose GPU for high-end image generation applications in professional and scientific fields specifically used in supercomputing; Tegra – a mobile super chip and system on a chip solution that powers the next generation of mobile devices, in-car safety and infotainment systems; and nForce – a motherboard chipset for AMD Athlon and Duron microprocessors. Its breakthrough technology in parallel processing has made supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible.

Jen Huang not only focused on organic growth, but also grew worldwide through mergers and acquisitions. At first in 2000, after its huge success with GPUs, NVIDIA acquired the intellectual assets 3dfx – one of the biggest graphics companies in 1990s and one of its rivals. In 2002, NVIDIA acquired Exluna that made software rendering tools. Later on, in 2003 the company acquired MediaQ for USD70 million; in 2004, it acquired iReady – a provider of high performance TCP/IP and iSCSI offload solutions; in 2005, it acquired ULI Electronics; in 2006, it acquired Hybrid Graphics; in 2007, it acquired PortalPlayer, Inc.; in 2008, the company acquired Ageia Technologies, and in 2011, NVIDIA agreed to acquire Icera, which manufactures baseband chip in the UK, for USD367.

It is because of his visionary leadership and exceptional management that NVIDIA was named as the Company of the Year for 2007 by Forbes magazine for the company’s phenomenal growth and achievements during the previous five years.

The Family

Jen Huang married Lori, his engineering lab partner from Oregon State University. The couple have two children. He is a workaholic and most of the times he works at his home after dinner until he is tired to sleep. He leads an excellent family life. However, his larger than life achievements and astounding professional life has overshadowed his family life due to which not much information is available about his family life.

Career Highlights
Microprocessor Designer, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
Director of Coreware, LSI Logic Corporation
Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, NVIDIA

Other Professional Experience and Community Development

President as well as a member of the executive board of the MEDEF Commission for Economic Affairs and Public Finance of France for eight years since 2005.
Serving on steering board of European Cloud Partnership of European Commission,
He has been a member of BUSINESSEUROPE Corporate Advisory and Support Group.
He has been a member of the executive board of TransAtlantic Business Dialogue.

Awards & Honors

Ernst and Young named Jen Huang as the Entrepreneur of the Year in High Technology in the year 1999
Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award in the year 2003
Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award
Oregon State University awarded Jen Huang an honorary doctorate in 2009
In 2012, he was named to the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Quotes

  A great tablet is better than a cheap PC
  If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete, ... I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please&hellip
  I wonder if the netbook is not enough satisfaction for a PC, not enough battery life to be mobile? I kind of feel like the netbook is a ‘tweener
  The display is the computer
  I didn’t speak much English at first, but I caught up, worked hard and learned that sometimes, you have to keep your eyes open and be willing to do more than act tough
  I’m deeply proud of how NVIDIA has transformed the visual, mobile and supercomputing fields
  This is where I really fell in love with technology, thanks to a few great professors and some classes that set my mind on fire. Everything I have learned over the past decades is built on the strong foundation I gained here

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