NVIDIA officially announced their launch into the chipset market with the Crush 11/12 at this year’s Computex a few days ago. NVIDIA completed their first motherboard chipset with a little help from Microsoft, a little $100 million dollar help. Microsoft donated this small chunk of change to NVIDIA to develop the necessary core logic for Microsoft’s soon to be released XBOX game console.
NVIDIA have created quite a large and respected empire over the past few years, defeating 3Dfx and becoming the worlds leading 3D graphics manufacture was no small challenge for NVIDIA. NVIDIA’s GeForce2 line was what changed NVIDIA’s position on the market; no other company could compete with the GeForce2 range. Sure ATi did well with the Radeon but it still wasn’t enough to even loosen NVIDIA's tight grip on the market. Now NVIDIA have tightened their grip by releasing the uncontested GeForce3 that is currently the fastest graphics card yet.
FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE (http://www.legionhardware.com/Article/NVIDIA_nForce/NVIDIA_nForce_1.php)