Nvidia said its quarterly profit nearly doubled -- breezing past Wall Street expectations -- as the company gained market share for the graphics semiconductors it sells to personal computers makers.NVIDIA also announced a 3-for-2 stock split.
"Our ongoing strategy to extend the reach of the (graphics microprocessor) is paying off," said Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said in a statement.
The Santa Clara, California-based company cited a broadening use of graphics processor intense computer programs, such as video and photo editing software, video games and three-dimensional maps, used by consumers.
Sales of Nvidia's desktop graphics processors rose 37 percent from a year ago, while sales of notebook graphics processors surged 129 percent.
Analysts expected, on average, a profit of 34 cents a share, according to Reuters Estimates, on revenue of $859.8 million.