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NVIDIA’s Financial Triumph: Record-Breaking Earnings and Market Domination

NVIDIA announced its fourth-quarter and fiscal year earnings ending January 28, 2024. Fourth-quarter revenue was $22.1 billion, compared to $6.051 billion in the same period last year, representing a 265% year-over-year increase and a 22% sequential increase. Data center revenue for the quarter was $18.4 billion, a 409% increase year-over-year and a 27% increase sequentially. Quarterly net profit was $12.285 billion, compared to $1.414 billion in the same period last year, marking a 769% increase year-over-year and a 33% increase sequentially. Fiscal year revenue was $60.922 billion, compared to $26.974 billion in the previous fiscal year. Fiscal year net profit was $29.76 billion, compared to $4.368 billion last year.

FILE PHOTO: Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, shows the Drive Pegasus robotaxi AI computer at his keynote address at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo

This financial windfall highlights NVIDIA’s unassailable position at the forefront of technological innovation, particularly in the realms of computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s success is a testament to its strategic vision and execution, capturing the burgeoning demand for advanced processing capabilities in a world increasingly driven by data.

The implications of NVIDIA’s financial success extend far beyond its shareholders. This growth narrative is a beacon for the entire tech industry, signaling robust health and the potential for groundbreaking advancements in AI, machine learning, and beyond.

For tech enthusiasts, investors, and industry watchers, NVIDIA’s record-breaking earnings are more than just numbers. They represent the pulse of technological progress and the endless possibilities that lie ahead. As we stand on the brink of a new era in tech, NVIDIA’s achievements offer a glimpse into a future shaped by unprecedented computational power and intelligence.

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Apple reorganized the leadership of the hardware team responsible for the audio functions of AirPods, Mac, and other products, appointing a new leader for this increasingly important business. Gary Geaves, who long served as the company’s vice president in charge of sound, will step down, and his position will be taken over by his top deputy, Ruchir Dav. This leadership change adds to the turbulence in Apple’s hardware engineering department, led by John Ternus. Tang Tan, vice president responsible for the design of the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, recently left the company. Geaves’ team was transferred to Matt Costello, an executive in charge of Beats headphones and HomePod, last December.

IDC’s report shows that China’s tablet market shipped approximately 8.17 million units in the fourth quarter of 2023, a year-over-year decline of about 5.7%, with the consumer market down 7.3% and the commercial market up 13.8%. Huawei surpassed Apple for the first time in China’s tablet market shipments, reaching a market share of 30.8%, with Apple at 30.5%. This marks the first time since 2010 that the top brand in China’s quarterly tablet shipments has changed. For the entire year of 2023, Apple still led in shipments with a 33.5% market share, followed by Huawei at 26.5%, with Xiaomi, Honor, and Lenovo ranking third to fifth.

German appliance giant Miele will cut 2,000 jobs globally and move about 700 jobs from Germany to Poland. Miele has 15 production bases worldwide and more than 23,000 employees, with over 11,000 in German factories alone. The job cuts represent 10% of its workforce.

Disney has reached an agreement with Sony Group to hand over most of its DVD and Blu-ray disc sales business in the US and Canada to Sony, transforming this rapidly declining business in recent years. As more people watch movies and TV shows online, the DVD business is shrinking, making it harder for each movie company to profit. Last year, Disney stopped selling discs in some markets, including Australia and New Zealand. The sale of videotapes and DVDs was once a huge and profitable business for Disney.

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Benefiting from holding 90% of Arm, a chip design company heavily involved in the AI boom, Japan’s SoftBank Group has taken a leading position in the AI industry. Since Arm announced better-than-expected earnings this month, its stock price has risen by 67%. Investors are betting that Arm will also benefit from its chip designs being increasingly used in data centers. SoftBank’s stock price has increased by 29%. Although Arm’s profit outlook indeed exceeded analysts’ expectations, the rise in its stock price is also partly due to a limited number of shares available for trading. After this surge, the market value of SoftBank’s Arm shares ($118 billion) is now significantly higher than SoftBank’s own market value ($84 billion).

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