GeForce '4 MX' graphics processor unit, 2002-2005

2002-2005 in Unknown place

GeForce 4 MX Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), manufactured by Nvidia, 2002-2005. A small sticker on the object reads GF-MX4000-C1.

GeForce 4 MX Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), manufactured by Nvidia, 2002-2005.

In 2002 Nvidia, a company than manufactures graphics processing units for computers and smartphones, partnered with Keyhole, a software development company, to produce one of the predecessor to Google Earth, called Earth Viewer 3D. The software allowed users to view high resolution satellite images, aerial photos and other data. Earth Viewer was bought by Google in 2004, and was re-launched as Google Earth in 2005. The increasing capability and decreasing price of high-powered graphics processors, such as Nvidia’s ‘GeForce’ processors, enabled Google Earth to become extremely popular, allow users to zoom through high resolution 3D images on their computers at home.

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Computing & Data Processing
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metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
computer component
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
Donated by Nvidia

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