Cryptocurrency Mining Demand Exceeded the Expectations of Nvidia in Q4
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining have provided a consistent and growing market for the computer hardware manufacturers that produce the relevant chips for each segment. The main player on the GPU side (in contrast to ASIC mining) in 2017 was Nvidia, but even it could not anticipate the strong demand from miners as the year progressed.
Mining Boosts Earnings
'We achieved another record quarter, capping an excellent year,' said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of Nvidia. 'In a powerful sign of our progress, attendees at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conferences reached 22,000, up tenfold in five years, as software developers working in AI, self-driving cars, and a broad range of other fields continued to discover the acceleration and money-saving benefits of our GPU computing platform.”
Up to $230 Million in Mining Revenue
Analysts following the stock estimated the impact, which the CFO was reluctant to quantify, in the hundreds of millions. RBC Capital Markets' Mitch Steves evaluated that Nvidia's cryptocurrency revenue rose to $180 million in Q4 from just $70 million the previous quarter. BMO Capital Markets Ambrish Srivastava predicted that in total the mining segment constituted more than $230 million for the period. 'We had said the company needed to beat and raise, and it sure did, and then some,' Srivastava wrote in a note to clients. 'Crypto likely had a hand to play in the results.'
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