As PC markets slow, Nvidia aims at tablets

Jen-Hsun Huang has rallied his engineers and developers before around his grand plans for Nvidia, the computer chipmaker he helped found nearly 20 years ago.

Huang -- a Taiwanese immigrant, onetime table tennis champ and Stanford-educated electrical engineer -- took a gamble in 2006 on a graphics chip that would give his company the lead in the most sophisticated computing power used in moviemaking and science. And in 2003, he energized Nvidia after it lost a lucrative deal for supplying a graphics chip to the Microsoft Xbox game machine.

Now he wants the company to make another shift, stretching beyond graphics to build the chips that power smartphones and tablets

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