There was plenty to unpack (and a lot to like) from the NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) fourth-quarter earnings report. The company’s 61% year-over-year revenue growth that was driven by record video gaming and data center sales captured the headlines. But NVIDIA is benefiting from other trends in the economy too, namely cryptocurrencies, autonomous vehicles, and energy efficiency. Here’s why that matters.

Separating gaming hardware from crypto hardware

Cryptocurrency prices have soared in the last year, along with a renewed interest in “mining” (simply, when a computer is used to create more of a cryptocurrency). NVIDIA’s graphics processing units (GPUs) are built for high-end video games, but they’re programmable and ideal for handling cryptocurrency work too. Thus, it seems many commercial miners have started picking up NVIDIA’s new RTX 30

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