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NVIDIA CORPORATION
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON MAY 15, 2013
Dear Stockholder:
You are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of NVIDIA Corporation which will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., pacific daylight time, for the following purposes:

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To elect six directors nominated by the Board of Directors to hold office until our 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders;
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To approve the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan;
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To approve our executive compensation;
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To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending January 26, 2014; and
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To conduct any other business properly brought before the 2013 Annual Meeting.

You can attend our 2013 Annual Meeting in person by going to Building E of our headquarters located at 2800 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, California 95050. Please see the map at the end of the attached proxy statement for directions to Building E of our headquarters. Alternatively, you can attend the 2013 Annual Meeting online and vote your shares and submit your questions electronically during the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/NVIDIA2013.
The items of business for the 2013 Annual Meeting are more fully described in the attached proxy statement. Only stockholders who owned our stock at the close of business on March 22, 2013 may attend and vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting or any adjournments, continuations or postponements of the meeting.
We are pleased to take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule that allows companies to furnish proxy materials to their stockholders over the Internet. On or about April 2, 2013, we mailed to our stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery) a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, or the Notice, containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our proxy statement and annual report. The Notice also instructs you on how to access your proxy card to vote over the Internet. Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting, PLEASE VOTE YOUR SHARES.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
By Order of the Board of Directors
David M. Shannon
Secretary

Santa Clara, California
April 2, 2013
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials
for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be Held on May 15, 2013
This Notice, Proxy Statement, our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Stockholder Letter
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NVIDIA CORPORATION
2701 SAN TOMAS EXPRESSWAY
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA 95050
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PROXY STATEMENT
FOR THE 2013 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
MAY 15, 2013
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why am I receiving these materials?

Your proxy is being solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors, or the Board, of NVIDIA Corporation, a Delaware corporation, which is sometimes referred to herein as the “Company,” “NVIDIA” or “we.” Your proxy is for use at our 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, or the 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. pacific daylight time. This proxy statement contains important information regarding the 2013 Annual Meeting, the proposals on which you are being asked to vote, information you may find useful in determining how to vote and voting procedures.

How can I attend the 2013 Annual Meeting?

You can attend our 2013 Annual Meeting in person or you can attend and participate via the Internet.

Attending In Person.    Our 2013 Annual Meeting will take place in Building E of our headquarters located at 2800 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, California 95050. Our principal executive offices are located at 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050, and our telephone number is (408) 486-2000. Please see the map at the end of this proxy statement for directions to the 2013 Annual Meeting.

You are entitled to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting only if you were an NVIDIA stockholder or joint holder as of the close of business on March 22, 2013 or if you hold a valid proxy for the 2013 Annual Meeting. You must present photo identification for admittance. If you are a stockholder of record or hold your shares through the NVIDIA Sponsored Equity Award Accounts at Charles Schwab, your name will be verified against the list of stockholders of record or plan participants on the record date prior to your admission to the 2013 Annual Meeting. If you are not a stockholder of record but hold shares through a broker, trustee or nominee, you must provide proof of beneficial ownership on the record date, such as your most recent account statement prior to March 22, 2013 or other similar evidence of ownership. If you do not provide photo identification or comply with the other procedures outlined above, you will not be admitted to the 2013 Annual Meeting.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., pacific daylight time. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., pacific daylight time, and you should allow ample time for the check-in procedures.

Attending and Participating Online.    You may also attend the 2013 Annual Meeting via the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/NVIDIA2013. Stockholders may vote and submit questions while attending the meeting on the Internet. You will need the 12-digit control number included on your Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, or the Notice, or proxy card (if you received a printed copy of the proxy materials) to enter the meeting via the Internet. Instructions on how to attend and participate via the Internet, including how to demonstrate proof of stock ownership, are posted at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/NVIDIA2013.

Non-stockholders can also listen to the 2013 Annual Meeting live at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/NVIDIA2013. An archived copy of the webcast will be available at www.nvidia.com/proxy through May 31, 2013.

Why did I receive a Notice in the mail regarding the Internet availability of proxy materials this year instead of a full set of proxy materials?

We are pleased to take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, rule that allows companies to furnish their proxy materials over the Internet. On or about April 2, 2013, we sent stockholders who own our common stock at the close of business on March 22, 2013 (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery) a Notice containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our proxy statement and our fiscal year 2013 annual report. The Notice also instructs you on how to access your proxy card to vote over the Internet or by telephone. In addition, the Notice contains

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instructions on how to request a paper copy of our proxy materials, including this proxy statement, our fiscal year 2013 annual report and a form of proxy card or voting instruction card. The Notice also provides instructions on how you can elect to receive future proxy materials electronically or in printed form by mail. If you choose to receive future proxy materials electronically, you will receive an email next year with instructions containing a link to the proxy materials and a link to the proxy voting site. Your election to receive proxy materials electronically or in printed form by mail will remain in effect until you terminate such election. We believe that this process allows us to provide our stockholders with the information they need in a more timely manner, while reducing the environmental impact and lowering the costs of printing and distributing our proxy materials.

Why did I receive a full set of proxy materials in the mail instead of a Notice regarding the Internet availability of proxy materials?

We are providing stockholders who have previously requested to receive paper copies of the proxy materials with paper copies of the proxy materials instead of a Notice. If you would like to reduce the environmental impact and the costs incurred by us in mailing proxy materials, you may elect to receive all future proxy materials electronically via email or the Internet.

If you make this election, you will receive an email message shortly after the proxy statement is released containing the Internet link to access our Notice, proxy statement and fiscal year 2013 annual report. The email also will include instructions for voting on the Internet.

In order to receive these materials electronically, you must follow the applicable procedure below:

Stockholders of Record.    If you are a stockholder of record, you can choose to receive our future proxy materials electronically by following the instructions to vote on the Internet at www.proxyvote.com and when prompted, indicate that you agree to access stockholder communications electronically in future years.

Street Name Holders.    If you are a beneficial owner (as described below in What is the difference between a stockholder of record and a beneficial owner?) your shares are held in street name and you can choose to receive our future proxy materials electronically by visiting www.icsdelivery.com/nvda.

Your choice to receive proxy materials electronically will remain in effect until you contact our Investor Relations Department and tell us otherwise. You may visit the Investor Relations section of our website at www.nvidia.com, send an electronic mail message to irelectronicdelivery@nvidia.com or contact our Investor Relations Department by mail at 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050.

The SEC has enacted rules that permit us to make available to stockholders electronic versions of the proxy materials even if the stockholder has not previously elected to receive the materials in this manner. We have chosen this option in connection with the 2013 Annual Meeting, and if you have not previously requested to receive electronic or paper delivery, you should have received, by mail, a Notice instructing you how to access the materials on the Internet and how to vote your shares.

Who can vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting?

Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 22, 2013, the record date, will be entitled to vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting. On each matter to be voted upon, stockholders have one vote for each share of NVIDIA common stock owned by such stockholder as of March 22, 2013. On the record date, there were 618,114,017 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote. A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting will be available at our headquarters, 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California for 10 days prior to the 2013 Annual Meeting. If you would like to view the stockholder list, please call our Stock Administration Department at (408) 486-2000 to schedule an appointment.

If your shares are held through a bank, broker or other nominee, your shares are held in “street name.” Please see the information below on instructing your bank, broker or other nominee to vote your shares.

What is the difference between a stockholder of record and a beneficial owner?

Stockholder of Record.    You are a stockholder of record if at the close of business on March 22, 2013 your shares were registered directly in your name with Computershare, our transfer agent.

Beneficial Owner.    You are a beneficial owner if your shares were held through a bank, broker or other nominee and not in your name at the close of business on March 22, 2013. Being a beneficial owner means that, like most of our stockholders, your

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shares are held in street name and your bank, broker or other nominee sends the Notice or the proxy materials to you. As a beneficial owner, your bank, broker or other nominee is the stockholder of record of your shares. You have the right to direct your bank, broker or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account. However, because you are not the stockholder of record, if you would like to vote your shares in person or online at the 2013 Annual Meeting you must obtain a legally valid proxy from your bank, broker or other nominee prior to the 2013 Annual Meeting. Because of a change in New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE, rules, your bank, broker or other nominee will not be able to vote your shares on the election of directors or on the advisory approval of executive compensation, unless they receive specific instructions from you. Therefore, you MUST give your bank, broker or other nominee instructions in order for your vote to be counted on the proposals to elect directors and to conduct an advisory approval of executive compensation. We strongly encourage you to vote.

What am I voting on?

There are four matters scheduled for a vote:

Proposal 1: To elect six directors nominated by the Board to hold office until our 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders;

Proposal 2: To approve the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan;

Proposal 3: To approve our executive compensation; and

Proposal 4: To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending January 26, 2014.

In addition, you are entitled to vote on any other matters that are properly brought before the 2013 Annual Meeting.

How does the Board recommend that I vote?

The Board recommends that you vote:

FOR the election of the six directors nominated by the Board to hold office until our 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders;

FOR the approval of the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan;

FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers; and

FOR the ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending January 26, 2014.

How do I vote?

You may either vote FOR any nominee to the Board, you may WITHHOLD your vote for any nominee or you may ABSTAIN from voting for any nominee. For each other matter to be voted on, you may vote FOR or AGAINST or ABSTAIN from voting.

Stockholder of Record.    If you are a stockholder of record, there are four ways for you to vote your shares.

In Person.    You may vote in person by attending the 2013 Annual Meeting. Even if you plan to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting, we urge you to vote by proxy prior to the 2013 Annual Meeting to ensure your vote is counted.

By Proxy via mail.    If you received printed proxy materials, you may submit your proxy by mail by signing and mailing your proxy card. If you return your signed proxy card to us before the 2013 Annual Meeting, your shares will be voted as you have instructed.

By Telephone or over the Internet.    You may submit your proxy by following the instructions provided in the Notice to vote by telephone or over the Internet. If you received a printed version of the proxy materials by mail, you may submit your proxy by following the instructions provided with your proxy materials and on your proxy card to vote by telephone or over the Internet.

Beneficial Owner.    If you are a beneficial owner, you should have received a Notice or voting instructions from your bank, broker or other nominee. You should follow the instructions in the Notice or voting instructions in order to instruct your bank,

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broker or other nominee on how to vote your shares. The bank, broker or other nominee holding your shares may allow you to deliver your voting instructions by telephone or over the Internet. If your Notice or voting instructions do not include telephone or Internet instructions, please complete and return your Notice or voting instructions promptly by mail. To vote in person or online at the 2013 Annual Meeting, you must obtain a valid proxy from your bank, broker or other nominee.

What happens if I do not vote?

Stockholder of Record.    If you are a stockholder of record and do not vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting by completing your proxy card, by telephone, over the Internet or in person at the 2013 Annual Meeting, your shares will not be voted.

Beneficial Owner.    If you are a beneficial owner and do not instruct your bank, broker or other nominee how to vote your shares, the question of whether your bank, broker or other nominee will still be able to vote your shares depends on whether the NYSE deems the particular proposal to be a “routine” matter. The rules of the NYSE govern the conduct of banks, brokers and other nominees even though our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Banks, brokers and other nominees can use their discretion to vote “uninstructed” shares with respect to matters that are considered to be “routine,” but not with respect to “non-routine” matters. Under the rules and interpretations of the NYSE, “non-routine” matters are matters that may substantially affect the rights or privileges of stockholders, such as mergers, stockholder proposals, elections of directors (even if not contested), executive compensation (including any advisory stockholder votes on executive compensation and on the frequency of stockholder votes on executive compensation), and certain corporate governance proposals, even if management supported. Accordingly, your bank, broker or other nominee may not vote your shares on Proposals 1, 2 or 3 without your instructions, but may vote your shares on Proposal 4.

How are votes counted?

Votes will be counted by the inspector of election appointed for the 2013 Annual Meeting, who will separately count, with regard to Proposal 1, the election of six members to our Board named in this proxy statement, FOR votes, WITHHOLD votes, ABSTAIN votes and broker non-votes; and with respect to the other proposals, FOR votes, AGAINST votes, ABSTAIN votes and broker non-votes.

With regard to Proposal 1, the election of directors, shares not present at the meeting, shares voting ABSTAIN and broker non-votes will have no effect. With regard to the other proposals, shares voting ABSTAIN will have the same effect as an AGAINST vote, and shares not present at the meeting and broker non-votes will have no effect.

If you are a stockholder of record and you returned a signed and dated proxy card without marking any voting selections, your shares will be voted FOR each of the nominees listed in Proposal 1 and FOR Proposals 2, 3 and 4. If any other matter is properly presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting, either Jen-Hsun Huang or David M. Shannon as your proxyholder will vote your shares using his best judgment.

What are broker non-votes?

A broker non-vote occurs when a bank, brokerage firm or other nominee does not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owner and does not have the discretion to direct the voting of the shares. Absent voting instructions from the beneficial owner, a bank, brokerage firm or other nominee may not vote on any proposal that is considered “non-routine.”

May I change my vote after submitting my proxy or revoke my proxy?

Yes. If you are a stockholder of record, you may change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time before the final vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting in any one of the following four ways:

you may submit another properly completed proxy card with a later date;

you may send a written notice that you are revoking your proxy to NVIDIA Corporation, 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050, Attention: General Counsel/Secretary;

you may attend the 2013 Annual Meeting and vote in person; or

you may submit another proxy by telephone or Internet after you have already provided an earlier proxy.


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Please note, however, that under the rules of the national stock exchanges, any holder of our common stock whose shares are held in street name by a member brokerage firm may revoke his or her proxy and vote his or her shares in person at the 2013 Annual Meeting only in accordance with applicable rules and procedures of those exchanges, as employed by the street name holder’s brokerage firm. In addition, if you hold your shares in street name, you must have a valid proxy from the record holder of the shares to vote in person at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

What is the quorum requirement?

We need a quorum of stockholders to hold our 2013 Annual Meeting. A quorum exists when at least a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote at the close of business on March 22, 2013 are represented at the 2013 Annual Meeting either in person or by proxy. On the record date, there were 618,114,017 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote, meaning that 309,057,009 shares must be represented in person or by proxy to have a quorum.

Your shares will be counted towards the quorum only if you submit a valid proxy or vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be counted towards the quorum requirement. If there is not a quorum, a majority of the votes present at the 2013 Annual Meeting may adjourn the 2013 Annual Meeting to another date.

How many votes are needed to elect directors (Proposal 1)?

We have adopted Bylaw provisions providing for a majority vote standard in non-contested elections. As the number of nominees properly nominated for the 2013 Annual Meeting is the same as the number of directors to be elected, the 2013 Annual Meeting is a non-contested election. Pursuant to our Bylaws, if the number of WITHHOLD votes with respect to a nominee equals or exceeds the number of FOR votes, then the nominee is required to submit his resignation for consideration by our Board and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

How many votes are needed to approve the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan (Proposal 2)?

The affirmative vote of a majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote is required for the approval of the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan. If you ABSTAIN from voting, it will have the same effect as an AGAINST vote. If you do not vote, it will have no effect.

How many votes are needed to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers (Proposal 3)?

The affirmative vote of a majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote is required for the advisory approval of the compensation of our named executive officers. If you ABSTAIN from voting, it will have the same effect as an AGAINST vote. If you do not vote, it will have no effect.

How many votes are needed to ratify PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm (Proposal 4)?

The affirmative vote of a majority of shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote is required for the ratification of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm. If you ABSTAIN from voting, it will have the same effect as an AGAINST vote. If you do not vote, it will have no effect.

How can I find out the results of the voting at the 2013 Annual Meeting?

Preliminary voting results will be announced at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Final voting results will be published in a current report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the SEC by May 21, 2013.

Who is paying for this proxy solicitation?

We will pay the entire cost of soliciting proxies. Our directors and employees may also solicit proxies in person, by telephone, by mail, by Internet or by other means of communication. Our directors and employees will not be paid any additional compensation for soliciting proxies. We have also retained MacKenzie Partners on an advisory basis and they may help us solicit proxies from brokers, bank nominees and other institutional owners. We expect to pay MacKenzie Partners a fee of approximately $20,000 for their services. We may also reimburse brokerage firms, banks and other agents for the cost of forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners.

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What does it mean if I receive more than one Notice or full set of proxy materials in the mail?

If you received more than one Notice or full set of proxy materials then your shares are either registered in more than one name or are held in different accounts. Please complete, sign and return each Notice or proxy card to ensure that all of your shares are voted. If you would like to modify your instructions so that you receive one Notice or proxy card for each account or name, please contact your broker.

What does it mean if multiple members of my household are stockholders but we only received one Notice or full set of proxy materials in the mail?

The SEC has adopted rules that permit companies and intermediaries, such as brokers, to satisfy the delivery requirements for Notices and proxy materials with respect to two or more stockholders sharing the same address by delivering a single Notice or set of proxy materials addressed to those stockholders. In accordance with a prior notice sent to certain brokers, banks, dealers or other agents, we are sending only one Notice or full set of proxy materials to those addresses with multiple stockholders unless we received contrary instructions from any stockholder at that address. This practice, known as “householding,” allows us to satisfy the requirements for delivering Notices or proxy materials with respect to two or more stockholders sharing the same address by delivering a single copy of these documents. Householding helps to reduce our printing and postage costs, reduces the amount of mail you receive and helps to preserve the environment.

If you currently receive multiple copies of the Notice or proxy materials at your address and would like to request “householding” of your communications, please contact your broker. Once you have elected “householding” of your communications, “householding” will continue until you are notified otherwise or until you revoke your consent. If any stockholder residing at such an address wishes to receive a separate set of documents, they may telephone our Stock Administration Department at (408) 486-2000 or write to our Stock Administration Department at 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050.

When are stockholder proposals due for next year’s annual meeting?

To be considered for inclusion in next year’s proxy materials, your proposal must be submitted in writing by December 3, 2013 to NVIDIA Corporation, 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050, Attention: General Counsel/Secretary and must comply with all applicable requirements of Rule 14a-8 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. However, in the event that we do not hold our 2014 Annual Meeting between April 15, 2014 and June 14, 2014, then the deadline for your proposal is a reasonable time before we begin to print and send our proxy materials. If you wish to submit a proposal that is not to be included in next year’s proxy materials, but that may be considered at the 2014 Annual Meeting, you must do so in writing following the above instructions not later than the close of business on December 3, 2013, and not earlier than the close of business on November 3, 2013. We also advise you to review our Bylaws, which contain additional requirements about advance notice of stockholder proposals and director nominations, including the different notice submission date requirements in the event that we do not hold our 2014 Annual Meeting between April 15, 2014 and June 14, 2014.

Can I view these proxy materials on the NVIDIA website?

Yes. This proxy statement is posted on our Investor Relations website at www.nvidia.com. You also can use this website to view our other filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 27, 2013. The contents of our website are not a part of this proxy statement.




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PROPOSAL 1
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
At our 2011 Annual Meeting, our stockholders approved the declassification of our board of directors. The two directors that were elected at our 2011 Annual Meeting were, consistent with our director elections in prior years, elected for a three-year term until our 2014 Annual Meeting. The three directors that were elected at our 2012 Annual Meeting were elected for a one-year term until this 2013 Annual Meeting. At the 2013 Annual Meeting, our stockholders will elect directors to serve a one-year term until our 2014 Annual Meeting. Beginning at our 2014 Annual Meeting, all directors will have one-year terms and stand for election annually.
Tench Coxe, James C. Gaither, Jen-Hsun Huang, Mark L. Perry, A. Brooke Seawell and Mark A. Stevens are currently directors and were previously elected by our stockholders. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee reviewed the qualifications of each of the nominees for election and unanimously recommended that each nominee be submitted for election to the Board. Our Board approved the recommendation at its meeting held on February 27, 2013. If elected at the 2013 Annual Meeting, each of the nominees will serve until the 2014 Annual Meeting and until his successor is elected or appointed.
The Board expects the nominees will be available for election. If a nominee declines or is unable to act as a director, your proxy may be voted for any substitute nominee proposed by the Board or the size of the Board may be reduced. In accordance with our Bylaws, directors are elected if they receive more FOR votes than WITHHOLD votes.
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing, assessing and recommending members to the Board for approval. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has not established specific minimum age, education, experience or skill requirements for potential members. In general, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers numerous factors, such as the nominee’s: independence; gender; ethnic background; personal and professional judgment and integrity; high-level management experience necessary to oversee our business; professional and industry knowledge; collegiality; financial expertise; desirability as a member of any committees of the Board; willingness and ability to devote substantial time and effort to Board responsibilities; experience and the interplay with the experience of other Board members; ability to represent the interests of the stockholders as a whole rather than special interest groups or constituencies; and all relationships between the proposed nominee and any of our stockholders, competitors, customers, suppliers or other persons with a relationship to NVIDIA. In the case of an incumbent director whose term of office is set to expire, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee also reviews this director’s overall service to NVIDIA during his term, including the director’s past attendance at Board and committee meetings and participation in and contributions to the activities of the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee values diversity as a factor in selecting nominees to serve on the Board and considers the criteria noted above in selecting nominees for directors, including members from diverse backgrounds who combine a broad spectrum of experience and expertise.

The priorities and emphasis of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and of the Board with regard to the above factors change from time to time to take into account changes in our business and other trends, as well as the portfolio of skills and experience of current and prospective Board members. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Board periodically review and assess the continued relevance of and emphasis on these factors to determine if they are effective in helping to satisfy the Board’s goal of creating and sustaining a Board that can appropriately support and oversee our business.

Listed below are key skills and experience that the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Board consider important for our directors to have in light of our current business and structure. The directors’ biographies note each director’s relevant experience, qualifications and skills relative to this list as of the date of this proxy statement.

Senior Management and Operating Experience.    Directors who have served in senior leadership positions are important to us, as they bring insight to constructively review and assess our operating plan and business strategy.
Industry and Technical Expertise.    Because we are a technology, hardware and software provider, education or experience in relevant technology is useful in understanding our research and development efforts, competing technologies, the various products and processes that we develop and the markets in which we compete.
Financial Expertise.    Knowledge of accounting and financial reporting processes is important because it assists our directors in understanding, advising and overseeing our financial reporting and internal controls.
Public Company Board Experience.    Directors who have served on boards of directors of other public companies have corporate governance experience, a deep understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Board and insight into matters being handled by our Board.
Legal Expertise.    Directors who have legal education and experience can assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities related to the oversight of our legal and regulatory compliance.
Understanding of Our People and Products.    Directors who have an understanding of our people and products are important to us.

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Nominees for Election for a One-Year Term Expiring at Our 2014 Annual Meeting
Tench Coxe is a managing director of the general partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. Prior to joining Sutter Hill Ventures in 1987, Mr. Coxe was director of marketing and MIS at Digital Communications Associates. Mr. Coxe also serves on the board of directors of Mattersight Corporation, a customer loyalty software firm, Artisan Partners, an institutional money management firm, and several privately-held companies. Mr. Coxe holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Coxe has 25 years of experience as an early-stage venture capital investor, principally in the technology industry. He has been a primary investor in and served on the board of directors of several companies. This experience has provided Mr. Coxe with a deep understanding of the technology industry, including expertise in semiconductor technology and the drivers of structural change and high-growth opportunities in the technology sector. He has also gained significant financial expertise and experience formulating corporate strategy. Mr. Coxe’s service on boards of directors of other public companies provides him with considerable experience on the best practices of effective boards and offers our Board with valuable perspectives on the relation of the Board to other management personnel and other oversight matters. Mr. Coxe also has a deep understanding of our people and products, which he acquired over 20 years of service as a member of our Board. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.

James C. Gaither has been a managing director of Sutter Hill Ventures, a venture capital investment firm, since July 2000. He is a retired partner of the law firm of Cooley LLP and was a partner of the firm from 1971 until 2000 and senior counsel to the firm from 2000 to 2003. Prior to beginning his law practice with the firm in 1969, Mr. Gaither served as a law clerk to The Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice and staff assistant to the President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson. Mr. Gaither is a former president of the Board of Trustees at Stanford University, former vice chairman of the board of directors of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Gaither holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from Stanford University Law School.

Mr. Gaither’s broad experience ranges from venture capital investments in early-stage technology companies to extensive and varied experience in legal affairs. Through his role as a venture capitalist, Mr. Gaither brings to the Board business acumen and expertise in corporate strategy development. As a result of his experience as a partner in a large law firm, Mr. Gaither brings to the Board considerable experience in structuring and negotiating complex corporate transactions and corporate governance. He also brings valuable perspectives on understanding the role and responsibilities of a board of directors, including the oversight of a public company’s legal and regulatory compliance, and engagement with regulatory authorities. Mr. Gaither also has a deep understanding of our people, products, operations and strategic direction which he acquired over 15 years of service as a member of our Board. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.

Jen-Hsun Huang co-founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since our inception as president, chief executive officer and a member of our Board. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Huang was employed at LSI Logic Corporation, a computer chip manufacturer, where he held a variety of positions, most recently as director of coreware, the business unit responsible for LSI’s “system-on-a-chip” strategy. From 1984 to 1985, Mr. Huang was a microprocessor designer for Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., a semiconductor company. Mr. Huang holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Oregon State University and an M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford University.

Mr. Huang is one of the semiconductor industry’s most respected executives, having led NVIDIA from a start-up to a world leader in visual and parallel computing. Under his leadership, NVIDIA has become a world leader in programmable graphics processing technologies and one of the semiconductor industry’s largest fabless companies. Through his guidance, we have shown consistent innovation and sharp execution, marked by products that have gained strong market share, even as many competitors have left the marketplace. Mr. Huang has a deep understanding of our products, people, operations and strategic direction which he acquired over the 20 year period since co-founding NVIDIA in 1993. The Board believes that these leadership skills and this successful track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.
Mark L. Perry is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm. Mr. Perry is also the chairman of Pathway Therapeutics and a member of the board of directors of MyoKardia, Inc., both private biotechnology companies, and has served as an independent board member for several biotechnology and high technology companies. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Perry served as the president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Aerovance, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Aerovance, Mr. Perry served as the senior business advisor for Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Perry was an executive officer of Gilead from 1994 to 2004, serving in a variety of capacities, including general counsel, chief financial officer and, most recently, executive vice president of operations. From 1981 to 1994, Mr. Perry was with the law firm of Cooley LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California, serving as a partner of the firm from 1987 until 1994. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Perry served as a member of the board of directors of Nuvelo, Inc. Mr. Perry holds a B.A. degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis.

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Through his experience as chief financial officer of a large biotechnology company, Mr. Perry brings to the Board unique and substantial senior leadership experience, as well as financial expertise that includes extensive knowledge of the complex financial and operational issues facing large companies, and a deep understanding of accounting principles and financial reporting rules and regulations. Mr. Perry has also gained significant operating experience, strategic expertise in corporate strategy development and business acumen from serving as the chief executive officer and executive vice president of operations at different companies. As a result of his experience as a partner in a large law firm and as general counsel of a large biopharmaceutical company, Mr. Perry brings to the Board varied experience in legal affairs and corporate governance experience as well as a deep understanding of the role and responsibilities of a board of directors. In addition, Mr. Perry’s service on boards of directors of other public companies has provided him with considerable experience about the best practices of effective boards. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.

A. Brooke Seawell has been a venture partner with New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital investment firm, since January 2005. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Seawell was a partner with Technology Crossover Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Seawell was executive vice president of NetDynamics, Inc., an application server software company, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems, Inc. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Seawell was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Synopsys, Inc., an electronic design automation software company. Mr. Seawell serves on the board of directors of Informatica Corporation, a data integration software company, Glu Mobile, Inc., a publisher of mobile games, and several privately-held companies. Mr. Seawell previously served on the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Seawell holds a B.A. degree in Economics and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Stanford University.

Mr. Seawell brings to the Board substantial financial expertise that includes extensive knowledge of the complex financial and operational issues facing large companies, and a deep understanding of accounting principles and financial reporting rules and regulations. He acquired this knowledge in the course of serving as the chief financial officer of a global technology company, working as a venture capitalist and serving as the chairman of the audit committees of boards of directors of two other public companies, which experience supports our Board’s efforts in overseeing and advising on strategy and financial matters. Mr. Seawell also has a deep understanding of our people, products, operations and strategic direction, which he acquired over 16 years of service as a member of our Board. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.
Mark A. Stevens is the managing partner of S-Cubed Capital, a private family office investment firm. From 1993 to 2011, Mr. Stevens was a managing member of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital investment firm. Prior to that time, beginning in 1989, he was an associate at Sequoia Capital. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, he held technical sales and marketing positions at Intel Corporation, a technology company, and was a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Company, an aerospace company. Mr. Stevens serves as a Trustee of the University of Southern California and is a part-time lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. From 2006 to 2012, he also served as a member of the board of directors of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited. Mr. Stevens holds a B.S.E.E. degree, a B.A. degree in Economics and an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Stevens has 24 years of experience as an early-stage venture capital investor, principally in the technology industry, which provides the Board with significant insights and expertise in corporate strategy development, corporate performance transformations and business operations. He has been a primary investor in and has served on the board of directors of several companies. This experience has provided Mr. Stevens with a deep understanding of the technology industry, and the drivers of structural change and high-growth opportunities in technology. Mr. Stevens also has a deep understanding of our people, products, operations and strategic direction, which he acquired by serving on our Board from 1993 to 2006 and from 2008 to the date of the filing of this proxy statement. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE ELECTION
TO THE BOARD OF EACH NAMED NOMINEE.

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PROPOSAL 2
APPROVAL OF AMENDED AND RESTATED 2007 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
Summary of Proposal
We are asking our stockholders to approve an amendment and restatement of the NVIDIA Corporation 2007 Equity Incentive Plan, or the 2007 Plan, at the 2013 Annual Meeting. The 2007 Plan was originally approved by our Compensation Committee in April 2007 and by our stockholders in June 2007. In March 2012, our Compensation Committee approved the amendment and restatement of the 2007 Plan as the Amended 2007 Plan, subject to approval by our stockholders at our 2012 Annual Meeting.

At the 2012 Annual Meeting, our stockholders approved the Amended 2007 Plan, including an increase of 25,000,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan. However, in the text of the proposal presented to our stockholders, or the 2012 Proposal, the aggregate number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan was incorrectly presented, as it did not reflect a 3-for-2 forward stock split of our outstanding common stock in September 2007 which affected the original share reserve, and, therefore, we are asking our stockholders to reapprove the Amended 2007 Plan, including the increase of 25,000,000 shares that was approved at the 2012 Annual Meeting.

Specifically, in the 2012 Proposal, the aggregate number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan was incorrectly presented as 126,845,177 shares, consisting of (i) 101,845,177 pre-split shares, which is the total original share reserve that our stockholders approved at our 2007 Annual Meeting and (ii) 25,000,000 new shares. However, due to the 3-for-2 forward stock split of our outstanding common stock in September 2007, the 101,845,177 shares had been automatically adjusted, at such time, to 152,767,766 shares, pursuant to the terms of the 2007 Plan, and, therefore, the aggregate number of shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan should have been presented as 177,767,766 shares and not 126,845,177 shares.

The 2012 Proposal correctly presented all other information related to the Amended 2007 Plan, including the number of shares of our common stock available for future grant, the number of shares of common stock subject to outstanding stock options and full value awards, the weighted-average exercise price and remaining term of outstanding stock options, the number of shares of our outstanding common stock and the closing price of our common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Due to the inaccuracy in the 2012 Proposal, we are seeking reapproval of the Amended 2007 Plan at the 2013 Annual Meeting. We have not made any changes to the Amended 2007 Plan since it was approved by our stockholders at the 2012 Annual Meeting, and we are not seeking approval of any additional changes to the terms of the Amended 2007 Plan. We have not utilized any of the additional 25,000,000 shares that were approved by our stockholders for issuance at the 2012 Annual Meeting, and we are not seeking approval of any additional shares beyond such 25,000,000 shares. We are asking our stockholders to approve the same Amended 2007 Plan that was approved at the 2012 Annual Meeting.

Summary of Changes in Amended 2007 Plan
The Amended 2007 Plan contains the following material changes from the 2007 Plan (which are the same changes that were approved by our stockholders at the 2012 Annual Meeting):
increases the aggregate number of shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan by 25,000,000 shares;
increases the maximum number of shares of our common stock that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of “incentive stock options” under the Amended 2007 Plan to 250,000,000 shares of our common stock;
eliminates certain minimum vesting requirements for full value awards (that is, awards other than stock options or stock appreciation rights) in accordance with updated guidelines for equity compensation plans established by certain stockholders (although it is still our general practice to grant full value awards with vesting schedules of at least three years, or at least one year in the case of full value awards that vest upon achievement of performance criteria);
for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Code, (i) confirms the applicable award limits for purposes of compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code, (ii) confirms existing, and adds certain new, performance criteria upon which performance goals may be based with respect to performance awards under the Amended 2007 Plan, and (iii) confirms existing, and adds certain new, permitted means of adjustment when calculating the attainment of performance goals for performance awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan;
clarifies that the prohibition on repricing stock options and stock appreciation rights without prior stockholder approval that applies to “underwater” awards - that is, any outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right with an exercise

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price greater than the current fair market value of our common stock on the date of exchange - also applies to prohibit the cancellation of such awards in exchange for cash or other stock awards under the Amended 2007 Plan;
extends the term of the Amended 2007 Plan through 2022;
adds a provision which subjects all awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan to recoupment in accordance with any clawback policy that we are required to adopt pursuant to the listing standards of any national securities exchange or association on which our securities are listed or as is otherwise required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act or other applicable law; and
makes certain clarifying changes for ease of administration and conformity with applicable law.

The approval of the Amended 2007 Plan will allow us to continue to grant stock options, restricted stock unit awards and other awards at levels determined appropriate by our Compensation Committee. The Amended 2007 Plan will also allow us to utilize a broad array of equity incentives and performance cash incentives in order to secure and retain the services of our employees, consultants and directors, and to provide long term incentives that align the interests of our employees, consultants and directors with the interests of our stockholders.

Approval of the Amended 2007 Plan by our stockholders will also constitute approval of terms and conditions set forth therein that will permit us to grant stock options and performance awards under the Amended 2007 Plan that may qualify as “performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. Section 162(m) of the Code denies a deduction to any publicly held corporation and its affiliates for certain compensation paid to “covered employees” in a taxable year to the extent that compensation to a covered employee exceeds $1 million. However, some kinds of compensation, including qualified “performance-based compensation,” are not subject to this deduction limitation. While we believe it is in the best interests of NVIDIA and our stockholders to preserve the ability to grant “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code, in certain circumstances, we may determine to grant compensation to covered employees that will not qualify as “performance-based compensation” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code. Moreover, even if we intend to grant compensation that qualifies as “performance-based compensation” for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, we cannot guarantee that such compensation ultimately will be deductible by us. For the grant of awards under a plan to qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code, among other things, the plan must (i) describe the employees eligible to receive such awards, (ii) provide a per-person limit on the number of shares subject to stock options and performance stock awards, and the amount of cash that may be subject to performance cash awards, granted to any employee under the plan in any year, and (iii) include one or more pre-established business criteria upon which the performance goals for performance awards may be granted (or become vested or exercisable). These terms must be approved by the stockholders and, accordingly, our stockholders are requested to approve the Amended 2007 Plan, which includes terms regarding eligibility for awards, per-person limits on awards and the business criteria for performance awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan (as described in the summary below).

If this Proposal 2 is approved by our stockholders, the Amended 2007 Plan will continue to be effective after the date of the 2013 Annual Meeting. In the event that our stockholders do not approve this Proposal 2, we will promptly amend the Amended 2007 Plan following the 2013 Annual Meeting to revert to the terms of the 2007 Plan and reduce the aggregate number of shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan by 25,000,000 shares to 152,767,766 shares.
Overhang
The following table provides certain additional information regarding our equity incentive program.
 
As of January 27, 2013

Total Shares Subject to Outstanding Stock Options
32,995,325

Total Shares Subject to Outstanding Full Value Awards
15,159,227

Weighted-Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Stock Options
$14.66

Weighted-Average Remaining Term of Outstanding Stock Options
5.08 years

Total Shares Available for Grant under the Amended 2007 Plan (includes the 25,000,000 shares approved at the 2012 Annual Meeting, which is the same number of shares for which reapproval is being sought in this Proposal 2)
36,899,876

Total Shares Available for Grant under Other Equity Plans

 
 
 
As of March 22, 2013 (Record Date)

Total Common Stock Outstanding
618,114,017

Closing Price of Common Stock as Reported on NASDAQ Global Select Market
$12.48


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Burn Rate
The following table provides detailed information regarding the activity related to our equity incentive plans and outstanding common stock for the fiscal year ended January 27, 2013.
 
Fiscal Year 2013
Stock Options Granted
7,119,319

Full Value Awards Granted
8,135,658

Stock Options Cancelled
3,806,290

Full Value Awards Cancelled
922,611

Weighted-Average Common Stock Outstanding
619,324,000

Common Stock Repurchased under Our Stock Repurchase Program
8,400,140

Common Stock Outstanding at January 27, 2013
616,756,134


Forecasted Utilization Rates
In evaluating whether to seek approval of the Amended 2007 Plan at the 2013 Annual Meeting, our Compensation Committee reviewed certain management forecasts of equity awards for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan. Management presented the forecasts below for the periods indicated. The “Shares Available for Award - Ending Balance” for fiscal year 2013 and the “Shares Available for Award - Beginning Balance” for fiscal year 2014 include the 25,000,000 shares approved at the 2012 Annual Meeting, which is the same number of shares for which reapproval is being sought in this Proposal 2.
Amended 2007 Plan
  
Fiscal Year 2013
Actual
 
Fiscal Year 2014
Forecast
Common Stock Outstanding - Ending Balance
  
616,756,134

  
632,000,000

Options / Awards Outstanding - Ending Balance
  
48,154,552

  
60,827,688

Stockholder Approval - May 2012
  
25,000,000

 

Shares Available for Award - Beginning Balance
  
22,425,952

  
36,899,876

     Allocations
  
 
 
 
               Options
  
(7,119,319
)
 
(6,806,341
)
               RSUs
  
(8,135,658
)
 
(10,596,195
)
     Total Allocations
  
(15,254,977
)
 
(17,402,536
)
     Adjustments
  
 
 
 
               Cancellations - Add
  
4,728,901

  
4,200,000

     Total Adjustments
  
(10,526,076
)
 
(13,202,536
)
Shares Available for Award - Ending Balance
  
36,899,876

  
23,697,340


In addition, our Compensation Committee reviewed certain forecasts of grant utilization for different categories of grants over the periods indicated, as summarized below. These forecasts included forecasts for executive and employee new hires, annual performance grants to existing eligible employees, and initial and annual grants for non-employee directors.
Amended 2007 Plan
  
Fiscal Year 2013
Actual
 
Fiscal Year 2014
Forecast
Option Grants
  
 
  
 
-- New Hire
  
1,044,240

  
939,402

-- Performance
  
5,815,099

 
5,606,959

-- Director
  
259,980

  
259,980

Subtotal Option Grants
  
7,119,319

 
6,806,341

RSU Grants
  
 
 
 
-- New Hire
  
2,099,940

 
2,155,747

-- Performance
  
5,995,015

 
8,399,745

-- Director
  
40,703

  
40,703

Subtotal RSU Grants
  
8,135,658

  
10,596,195

Total
  
15,254,977

 
17,402,536


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Our Compensation Committee also reviewed certain forecasts of burn rate, as summarized below.
 
  
Fiscal Year 2013  Actual
 
Fiscal Year 2014  Forecast(1)
Gross Burn Rate as a % of Outstanding(2)
  
3.78%
 
4.48%
Net Burn Rate as a % of Outstanding(3)
  
1.70%
 
2.11%
 
(1)
For purposes of this calculation, we have assumed that the number of weighted-average common shares outstanding for fiscal year 2014 is the number of shares outstanding at the end of fiscal 2013 plus the additional number of shares that would be outstanding if 25% of the shares subject to options and RSUs granted in the last three fiscal years were issued plus the number of shares that were purchased under our employee stock purchase plan during fiscal 2013.  We did not make any adjustments related to our stock repurchase program. The actual number will depend on a number of factors that we cannot predict, including activity under our stock repurchase program. As of January 27, 2013, we are authorized, subject to certain specifications, to repurchase shares of our common stock up to $1.14 billion through December 2014.
 
 
(2)
Gross Burn Rate is calculated as: (shares subject to options granted + shares subject to full value awards granted)/weighted-average common shares outstanding. For purposes of this calculation, shares subject to full value awards granted are increased by a 2x volatility multiplier.
 
 
(3)
Net Burn Rate is calculated as: (shares subject to options granted + shares subject to full value awards granted - shares subject to options and full value awards that expired, terminated or were forfeited)/weighted-average common shares outstanding. For purposes of this calculation, shares subject to full value awards granted, expired, terminated or forfeited are increased by a 2x volatility multiplier.
Note Regarding Forecasts and Forward-Looking Statements
We do not as a matter of course make public forecasts as to our total shares outstanding and utilization of various equity awards due to the unpredictability of the underlying assumptions and estimates. In particular, the forecasts set forth above in this Proposal 2 include embedded assumptions regarding option exercise, employee turnover and competitive grant guidelines which are highly dependent on the public trading price of our common stock and other factors, which we do not control, and, as a result, we do not as a matter of practice provide forecasts. In evaluating these forecasts, our Compensation Committee recognized the high variability inherent in these assumptions.
However, we have included above a summary of these forecasts to give our stockholders access to certain information that was considered by our Compensation Committee for purposes of evaluating the approval of the Amended 2007 Plan. These forecasts reflect various assumptions regarding our future operations.
The inclusion of the forecasts set forth above should not be regarded as an indication that these forecasts will be predictive of actual future outcomes, and the forecasts should not be relied upon as such. Neither we nor any other person makes any representation to any of our stockholders regarding actual outcomes compared to the information contained in the forecasts set forth above. Although presented with numerical specificity, the forecasts are not fact and reflect numerous assumptions and estimates as to future events made by our management that our management believed were reasonable at the time the forecasts were prepared and other factors such as industry performance and general business, economic, regulatory, market and financial conditions, as well as factors specific to our business, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of our management. In addition, the utilization forecasts with respect to our equity awards do not take into account any circumstances or events occurring after the date that they were prepared and, accordingly, do not give effect to any changes to our operations or strategy that may be implemented in the future. Accordingly, actual outcomes may be, and likely will be, materially different than those reflected in the forecasts. We do not intend to update or otherwise revise the forecasts to reflect circumstances existing after the date when made or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if any or all of the assumptions underlying the forecasts are shown to be in error. The forecasts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including our ability to attract and retain talent, achievement of performance metrics, if any, with respect to certain equity awards, the extent of option exercise activity, and others described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 27, 2013.
Description of the Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan
The material features of the Amended 2007 Plan are outlined below. The following description of the Amended 2007 Plan is a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Amended 2007 Plan. Stockholders are urged to read the actual text of the Amended 2007 Plan in its entirety, which is appended to this Proxy Statement as Appendix A.


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Purpose
The Amended 2007 Plan is designed to provide incentives for our employees, directors and consultants to exert maximum efforts for the success of NVIDIA or any affiliate of ours, and to provide a means by which eligible recipients may be given an opportunity to benefit from increases in the value of our common stock. In recent years, we have encountered significant competition for high caliber talent and we believe we must be prepared to offer equity compensation packages that compete with packages offered by our peer group and larger competitors. Therefore, we are asking our stockholders to approve the Amended 2007 Plan so that we can ensure that we have the most qualified, motivated employees possible to help us grow our business.

Successor to Prior Plans
The Amended 2007 Plan is a continuation of our 2007 Plan. The 2007 Plan was the successor to our 1998 Equity Incentive Plan, our 1998 Non-Employee Directors’ Stock Option Plan, our 2000 Nonstatutory Equity Incentive Plan and the PortalPlayer, Inc. 2004 Stock Incentive Plan, which we refer to collectively as the Prior Plans.

Types of Awards
The terms of the Amended 2007 Plan provide for the grant of incentive stock options, nonstatutory stock options, restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit awards, stock appreciation rights, other stock awards, and performance awards that may be settled in cash, stock, or other property.

Shares Available for Awards
The total number of shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan will consist of 177,767,766 shares, or the Share Reserve, which is the sum of (i) 152,767,766 shares, which is the total reserve that our stockholders approved at our 2007 Annual Meeting (as adjusted for our September 2007 forward stock split), including, but not limited to, the shares remaining available for issuance under the Prior Plans and the Returning Shares and (ii) 25,000,000 shares, which is the number of additional shares that our stockholders approved at our 2012 Annual Meeting. The “Returning Shares” are shares subject to awards granted under the Prior Plans that expire or terminate for any reason prior to exercise or settlement.

If any shares of our common stock subject to awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan are not delivered to a participant because (i) an award is exercised through a reduction in the number of shares subject to the stock award, or a net exercise, or (ii) shares are reacquired, withheld or not issued to satisfy a tax withholding obligation or if shares are used as consideration for the exercise of a stock option or stock appreciation right, then those shares will not remain available for subsequent issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan.

If a stock award is settled in cash, such settlement will not reduce the Share Reserve. If a stock award expires or otherwise terminates without having been exercised in full, or if any shares of our common stock issued pursuant to a stock award are forfeited to or repurchased by us, including because of the failure to meet a contingency or condition required for the vesting of such shares, then the shares of common stock not issued under such stock award, or forfeited to or repurchased us, will become available again for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan.

Eligibility
All of our approximately 8,155 employees, 8 non-employee directors and 332 consultants as of March 22, 2013 are eligible to participate in the Amended 2007 Plan and may receive all types of awards other than incentive stock options. Incentive stock options may be granted under the Amended 2007 Plan only to our employees (including officers) and employees of our affiliates.

Section 162(m) Limits
Under the Amended 2007 Plan, subject to adjustment for changes in our capitalization, no participant will be eligible to be granted during any fiscal year more than: (i) a maximum of 2,000,000 shares of our common stock subject to stock options, stock appreciation rights and other stock awards whose value is determined by reference to an increase over an exercise price or strike price of at least 100% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant; (ii) a maximum of 2,000,000 shares of our common stock under performance stock awards; and (iii) a maximum of $6,000,000 under performance cash awards. If a performance stock award is in the form of an option, it will count only against the performance stock award limit. If a performance stock award could be paid out in cash, it will count only against the performance stock award limit. These limits are designed to allow us to grant awards that are exempt from the $1 million limitation on the income tax deductibility of compensation paid per covered employee imposed by Section 162(m) of the Code.


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Administration
The Amended 2007 Plan is administered by our Board, which may in turn delegate authority to administer the Amended 2007 Plan to a committee. Our Board has delegated concurrent authority to administer the Amended 2007 Plan to the Compensation Committee, but may, at any time, revest in itself some or all of the power previously delegated to the Compensation Committee. Each of the Board and the Compensation Committee is considered to be a Plan Administrator for purposes of this Proposal 2. Subject to the terms of the Amended 2007 Plan, the Plan Administrator may determine the recipients, numbers and types of awards to be granted, and terms and conditions of the awards, including the period of their exercisability and vesting. Subject to the limitations set forth below, the Plan Administrator also determines the fair market value applicable to a stock award and the exercise price of stock options and stock appreciation rights granted under the Amended 2007 Plan.

The Plan Administrator may also delegate to one or more officers the authority to designate employees who are not officers to be recipients of certain stock awards and the number of shares subject to such stock awards. Under any such delegation, the Plan Administrator will specify the total number of shares of our common stock that may be subject to the stock awards granted by such officer. The officer may not grant a stock award to himself or herself.

Repricing; Cancellation and Re-Grant of Stock Awards
Under the Amended 2007 Plan, the Plan Administrator does not have the authority to reprice any outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right by reducing the exercise price of the stock option or stock appreciation right or to cancel any outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right that has an exercise price greater than the current fair market value of our common stock in exchange for cash or other stock awards without obtaining the approval of our stockholders within 12 months prior to the repricing or cancellation and re-grant event.

Stock Options
Stock options may be granted under the Amended 2007 Plan pursuant to stock option agreements. The Amended 2007 Plan permits the grant of stock options that qualify as incentive stock options, or ISOs, and nonstatutory stock options, or NSOs. Individual stock option agreements may be more restrictive as to any or all of the permissible terms described in this section.

The exercise price of NSOs may not be less than 100% of the fair market value of the common stock subject to the stock option on the date of grant. The exercise price of ISOs may not be less than 100% of the fair market value of the common stock subject to the stock option on the date of grant and, in some cases (see “Limitations on Incentive Stock Options” below), may not be less than 110% of such fair market value.

The term of stock options granted under the Amended 2007 Plan may not exceed ten years and, in some cases (see “Limitations on Incentive Stock Options” below), may not exceed five years. Unless the terms of a participant’s stock option agreement or other agreement with us provide for earlier or later termination, if a participant’s service relationship with us, or any affiliate of ours, ceases due to death or disability (or the participant dies within a certain period, if any, following cessation of service), the participant, or his or her beneficiary, as applicable, may exercise any vested stock options for up to 12 months after the date the service relationship ends due to the participant’s disability or for up to 18 months after the date of the participant’s death. Except as explicitly provided otherwise in a participant’s stock option agreement or other agreement with us, if a participant’s service relationship with us, or any affiliate of ours, is terminated “for cause,” all stock options (whether vested or unvested) held by the participant will terminate upon the date of the participant’s termination of service and the participant will be prohibited from exercising any stock option as of such termination date. Except as explicitly provided otherwise in a participant’s stock option agreement or other agreement with us, if a participant’s service relationship with us, or any affiliate of ours, ceases for any other reason other than a “for cause” termination or due to the participant’s death or disability, the participant may exercise any vested stock options for up to 90 days after the date the service relationship ends. Under the Amended 2007 Plan, the stock option term may be extended in the event that exercise of the stock option following termination of service is prohibited by applicable securities laws or would subject the participant to short-swing liability under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In no event may a stock option be exercised after its original expiration date.

Acceptable forms of consideration for the purchase of our common stock pursuant to the exercise of a stock option under the Amended 2007 Plan will be determined by the Plan Administrator and may include: (i) cash, check, bank draft, money order, or electronic funds transfer; (ii) payment pursuant to a program developed under Regulation T as promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board; (iii) a net exercise feature (for NSOs only); or (iv) other legal consideration approved by the Plan Administrator.

Stock options granted under the Amended 2007 Plan may become exercisable in cumulative increments, or “vest,” as determined by the Plan Administrator at the rate specified in the stock option agreement. Shares covered by different stock options granted under the Amended 2007 Plan may be subject to different vesting schedules as the Plan Administrator may determine.

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The Plan Administrator also has flexibility to provide for accelerated vesting of stock awards in certain events. In the event that a participant’s continuous service terminates due to death, all of the participant’s outstanding stock options will become fully vested and exercisable as of such termination date.

Generally, a participant may not transfer a stock option granted under the Amended 2007 Plan other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution or pursuant to a domestic relations order or an official marital settlement agreement. However, to the extent permitted under the terms of the applicable stock option agreement, a participant may designate a beneficiary who may exercise the stock option following the participant’s death.

Limitations on Incentive Stock Options
The aggregate fair market value, determined at the time of grant, of shares of our common stock with respect to ISOs that are exercisable for the first time by a participant during any calendar year under all of our stock plans may not exceed $100,000. The stock options or portions of stock options that exceed this limit or otherwise fail to qualify as ISOs are treated as NSOs. No ISO may be granted to any person who, at the time of the grant, owns or is deemed to own stock possessing more than 10% of our total combined voting power or that of any affiliate unless the following conditions are satisfied:

the exercise price of the ISO must be at least 110% of the fair market value of the stock subject to the ISO on the date of grant; and
the term of the ISO must not exceed five years from the date of grant.

The aggregate maximum number of shares of common stock that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of ISOs granted under the Amended 2007 Plan (including stock options granted as incentive stock options under the Prior Plans) is 250,000,000 shares.

Restricted Stock Awards
Restricted stock awards may be granted under the Amended 2007 Plan pursuant to restricted stock award agreements. A restricted stock award may be granted in consideration for cash, check, bank draft or money order payable to us, the recipient’s services performed for us or an affiliate of ours, or any other form of legal consideration acceptable to the Plan Administrator. Shares of our common stock acquired under a restricted stock award may be subject to forfeiture to us in accordance with a vesting schedule to be determined by the Plan Administrator, provided that in the event that a participant’s continuous service terminates due to death, the participant’s restricted stock award will become fully vested as of the termination date. Rights to acquire shares of our common stock under a restricted stock award may be transferred only upon such terms and conditions as are set forth in the restricted stock award agreement. Except as otherwise provided in the applicable restricted stock award agreement, restricted stock awards that have not vested will be forfeited or repurchased upon the participant’s termination of continuous service for any reason.

Restricted Stock Unit Awards
Restricted stock unit awards may be granted under the Amended 2007 Plan pursuant to restricted stock unit award agreements. Payment of any purchase price may be made in any legal form acceptable to the Plan Administrator. We will settle a payment due to a recipient of a restricted stock unit award by delivery of shares of our common stock, by cash, by a combination of cash and stock, or in any other form of consideration determined by the Plan Administrator and set forth in the restricted stock unit award agreement. Under the Amended 2007 Plan, dividend equivalents may be credited in respect of shares of our common stock covered by a restricted stock unit award. Restricted stock unit awards may be subject to vesting in accordance with a vesting schedule to be determined by the Plan Administrator, provided that in the event that a participant’s continuous service terminates due to death, the participant’s restricted stock unit award will become fully vested as of the termination date. Except as otherwise provided in the applicable restricted stock unit award agreement, restricted stock units that have not vested will be forfeited upon the participant’s termination of continuous service for any reason.

Stock Appreciation Rights
Stock appreciation rights may be granted under the Amended 2007 Plan pursuant to stock appreciation right agreements. Each stock appreciation right is denominated in common stock share equivalents. The strike price of each stock appreciation right will be determined by the Plan Administrator but will in no event be less than 100% of the fair market value of the stock subject to the stock appreciation right at the time of grant. The Plan Administrator may also impose restrictions or conditions upon the vesting of stock appreciation rights that it deems appropriate, provided that in the event that a participant’s continuous service terminates due to death, the participant’s stock appreciation rights will become fully vested as of the termination date. Stock appreciation rights may be paid in our common stock, in cash, in a combination of cash and stock, or in any other form of legal consideration

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approved by the Plan Administrator and set forth in the stock appreciation right agreement. Stock appreciation rights will be subject to the same conditions upon termination and restrictions on transfer as stock options under the Amended 2007 Plan.

Performance Awards
The Amended 2007 Plan allows NVIDIA to grant cash and stock-based performance awards that may qualify as performance-based compensation that is not subject to the $1 million limitation on the income tax deductibility of compensation paid per covered employee imposed by Section 162(m) of the Code.

A performance stock award is a stock award that may be granted, may vest, or may be exercised upon achievement of pre-determined performance goals. A performance stock award may require the completion of a specified period of continuous service. The length of any performance period, the performance goals to be achieved during the performance period, and the measure of whether and to what degree such performance goals have been attained will be determined by the Compensation Committee, except that the Board also may make any such determinations to the extent that the award is not intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code. In addition, to the extent permitted by applicable law and the award agreement, the Board (or Compensation Committee, as applicable) may determine that cash may be used in payment of performance stock awards. In the event that a participant’s continuous service terminates due to death, the participant’s performance stock award will be deemed to have been earned at the target level of performance, will be fully vested and will be issued promptly following the date of death.

A performance cash award is a cash award that is payable contingent upon the achievement of performance goals during a performance period. A performance cash award may also require the completion of a specified period of continuous service. The length of any performance period, the performance goals to be achieved during the performance period, and the measure of whether and to what degree such performance goals have been attained will be determined by the Compensation Committee, except that the Board also may make any such determinations to the extent that the award is not intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code. The Board (or Compensation Committee, as applicable) may specify the form of payment of performance cash awards, which may be cash or other property, or may provide for a participant to have the option for his or her performance cash award, or such portion thereof as the Board (or Compensation Committee, as applicable) may specify, to be paid in whole or in part in cash or other property. In addition, to the extent permitted by applicable law and the applicable award agreement, the Board (or Compensation Committee, as applicable) may determine that common stock authorized under the Amended 2007 Plan may be used in payment of performance cash awards.

In granting a performance award intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Code, the Compensation Committee will set a period of time, or a performance period, over which the attainment of one or more goals, or performance goals, will be measured. Within the time period prescribed by Section 162(m) of the Code, at a time when the achievement of the performance goals remains substantially uncertain (typically no later than the earlier of the 90th day of a performance period and the date on which 25% of the performance period has elapsed), the Compensation Committee will establish the performance goals, based upon one or more criteria, or performance criteria, enumerated in the Amended 2007 Plan and described below. As soon as administratively practicable following the end of the performance period, the Compensation Committee will certify (in writing) whether the performance goals have been satisfied.

Performance goals under the Amended 2007 Plan will be based on any one or more of the following performance criteria: (1) earnings (including earnings per share and net earnings); (2) earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation; (3) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA); (4) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and legal settlements; (5) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, legal settlements and other income (expense); (6) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, legal settlements, other income (expense) and stock-based compensation; (7) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, legal settlements, other income (expense), stock-based compensation and changes in deferred revenue; (8) total stockholder return; (9) return on equity or average stockholder’s equity; (10) return on assets, investment, or capital employed; (11) stock price; (12) operating margin; (13) margin (including gross margin); (14) operating income; (15) operating income after taxes; (16) net income (before or after taxes); (17) net income (after exclusion of extraordinary items as determined in the discretion of the Committee (or, if not required for compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code, the Board)); (18) net operating income; (19) net operating income after tax; (20) pre- and after-tax income; (21) pre-tax profit; (22) operating cash flow; (23) sales or revenue targets; (24) orders and revenue; (25) increases in revenue or product revenue; (26) expenses and cost reduction goals; (27) improvement in or attainment of expense levels; (28) improvement in or attainment of working capital levels; (29) economic value added (or an equivalent metric); (30) market share; (31) cash flow; (32) cash flow per share; (33) share price performance; (34) debt reduction; (35) implementation or completion of projects or processes; (36) customer satisfaction; (37) stockholders’ equity; (38) capital expenditures; (39) debt levels; (40) operating profit or net operating profit; (41) workforce diversity; (42) growth of net income or operating income; (43) billings; (44) bookings; (45) employee retention; (46) quality measures; and (47) to the extent that an award is not intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code, other measures of performance selected by the Compensation Committee or Board.

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Performance goals may be based on a company-wide basis, with respect to one or more business units, divisions, affiliates or business segments, and in either absolute terms or relative to the performance of one or more comparable companies or the performance of one or more relevant indices. Under the Amended 2007 Plan, unless specified otherwise by the Compensation Committee (or, if not required for compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code, the Board) (i) in the award agreement at the time the award is granted or (ii) in such other document setting forth the performance goals at the time the performance goals are established, the Compensation Committee (or, if not required for compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code, the Board) will appropriately make adjustments in the method of calculating the attainment of performance goals for a performance period: (1) to exclude restructuring and/or other nonrecurring charges; (2) to exclude exchange rate effects; (3) to exclude the effects of changes to generally accepted accounting principles; (4) to exclude the effects of any statutory adjustments to corporate tax rates; (5) to exclude the effects of any “extraordinary items” as determined under generally accepted accounting principles; (6) to exclude the dilutive effects of acquisitions or joint ventures; (7) to assume that any business divested by NVIDIA achieved performance objectives at targeted levels during the balance of a performance period following such divestiture; (8) to exclude the effect of any change in the outstanding shares of our common stock by reason of any stock dividend or split, stock repurchase, reorganization, recapitalization, merger, consolidation, spin-off, combination or exchange of shares or other similar corporate change, or any distributions to common stockholders other than regular cash dividends; (9) to exclude the effects of stock based compensation and the award of bonuses under our bonus plans; (10) to exclude costs incurred in connection with potential acquisitions or divestitures that are required to be expensed under generally accepted accounting principles; (11) to exclude the goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges that are required to be recorded under generally accepted accounting principles; and (12) to exclude the effect of any other unusual, non-recurring gain or loss or other extraordinary item. In addition, the Compensation Committee (or, if not required for compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code, the Board) retains the discretion to reduce or eliminate the compensation or economic benefit due upon attainment of performance goals and to define the manner of calculating the performance criteria it selects to use for a performance period.

Other Stock Awards
Other forms of stock awards valued in whole or in part with reference to our common stock may be granted either alone or in addition to other stock awards under the Amended 2007 Plan. The Plan Administrator will have sole and complete authority to determine the persons to whom and the time or times at which such other stock awards will be granted, the number of shares of our common stock to be granted and all other conditions of such other stock awards. In the event a participant’s continuous service terminates due to death, then any such other stock awards held by the participant will become fully vested as of the termination date.

Clawback Policy
Awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan will be subject to recoupment in accordance with any clawback policy that we are required to adopt pursuant to the listing standards of any national securities exchange or association on which our securities are listed or as is otherwise required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act or other applicable law. In addition, the Plan Administrator may impose other clawback, recovery or recoupment provisions in an award agreement as the Plan Administrator determines necessary or appropriate, including a reacquisition right in respect of previously acquired shares of our common stock or other cash or property upon the occurrence of cause.

Changes to Capital Structure
In the event of certain capitalization adjustments, the Plan Administrator will appropriately and proportionately adjust: (i) the class(es) and maximum number of securities subject to the Amended 2007 Plan; (ii) the class(es) and maximum number of securities that may be issued pursuant to the exercise of ISOs; (iii) the class(es) and maximum number of securities that may be awarded to any person pursuant to Section 162(m) limits; and (iv) the class(es) and number of securities and price per share of stock subject to outstanding stock awards.

Corporate Transactions; Change in Control
Except as otherwise stated in a stock award agreement, in the event of a corporate transaction or a change in control (as defined in the Amended 2007 Plan and described below), outstanding stock awards under the Amended 2007 Plan may be assumed, continued, or substituted by the surviving or acquiring corporation (or its parent company). Except as otherwise stated in a stock award agreement, if the surviving or acquiring corporation (or its parent company) does not assume, continue, or substitute such stock awards, then (i) any such stock awards that are held by participants whose continuous service has not terminated immediately prior to the effective time of the transaction will become fully vested and exercisable (contingent upon the effectiveness of the transaction), and such stock awards will be terminated if not exercised prior to the effective date of the transaction and any reacquisition or repurchase rights held by us with respect to such stock awards will lapse (contingent upon the effectiveness of the

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transaction), and (ii) all other stock awards will be terminated if not exercised on or prior to the effective date of the corporate transaction, provided that any reacquisition or repurchase rights held by us with respect to such stock awards will not terminate and may continue to be exercised.

For purposes of the Amended 2007 Plan, a corporate transaction generally will be deemed to occur in the event of the consummation of: (i) a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of our consolidated assets; (ii) a sale or other disposition of at least 50% of our outstanding securities, in the case of awards granted on or after the date of the 2012 Annual Meeting, and at least 90% of our outstanding securities, in the case of awards granted prior to the date of the 2012 Annual Meeting; (iii) a merger, consolidation or similar transaction following which we are not the surviving corporation; or (iv) a merger, consolidation or similar transaction following which we are the surviving corporation but the shares of our common stock outstanding immediately prior to such transaction are converted or exchanged into other property by virtue of the transaction.

For purposes of the Amended 2007 Plan, a change in control generally will be deemed to occur in the event: (i) a person, entity or group acquires, directly or indirectly, securities of NVIDIA representing more than 50% of the combined voting power of our then outstanding securities, other than by virtue of a merger, consolidation, or similar transaction; (ii) there is consummated a merger, consolidation, or similar transaction and, immediately after the consummation of such transaction, our stockholders immediately prior thereto do not own, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of the combined outstanding voting power of the surviving entity or the parent of the surviving entity in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of our outstanding voting securities immediately prior to such transaction; (iii) there is consummated a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of our consolidated assets, other than a sale or other disposition to an entity in which more than 50% of the entity’s combined voting power is owned by our stockholders in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of our outstanding voting securities immediately prior to such sale or other disposition; or (iv) a majority of our Board becomes comprised of individuals whose nomination, appointment, or election was not approved by a majority of the Board members or their approved successors.

Plan Amendments and Termination
The Plan Administrator will have the authority to amend or terminate the Amended 2007 Plan at any time. However, except as otherwise provided in the Amended 2007 Plan, no amendment or termination of the Amended 2007 Plan may materially impair any rights under awards already granted to a participant unless agreed to by the affected participant. We will obtain stockholder approval of any amendment to the Amended 2007 Plan as required by applicable law and listing requirements. Unless sooner terminated, the Amended 2007 Plan will automatically terminate on March 21, 2022, which is the day before the tenth anniversary of the date the Amended 2007 Plan was adopted by our Compensation Committee.

U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences
The following is a summary of the principal United States federal income taxation consequences to participants and us with respect to participation in the Amended 2007 Plan. This summary is not intended to be exhaustive, and does not discuss the income tax laws of any city, state or foreign jurisdiction in which a participant may reside. The information is based upon current federal income tax rules and therefore is subject to change when those rules change. Because the tax consequences to any participant may depend on his or her particular situation, each participant should consult the participant’s tax adviser regarding the federal, state, local, and other tax consequences of the grant or exercise of an award or the disposition of stock acquired the Amended 2007 Plan. The Amended 2007 Plan is not qualified under the provisions of Section 401(a) of the Code and is not subject to any of the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Our ability to realize the benefit of any tax deductions described below depends on our generation of taxable income as well as the requirement of reasonableness, the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code and the satisfaction of our tax reporting obligations.

Nonstatutory Stock Options
Generally, there is no taxation upon the grant of an NSO if the stock option is granted with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the underlying stock on the grant date. On exercise, a participant will recognize ordinary income equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value on the date of exercise of the stock over the exercise price. If the participant is employed by us or one of our affiliates, that income will be subject to withholding taxes. The participant’s tax basis in those shares will be equal to their fair market value on the date of exercise of the stock option, and the participant’s capital gain holding period for those shares will begin on that date.

Subject to the requirement of reasonableness, the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code and the satisfaction of a tax reporting obligation, we will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the participant.


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Incentive Stock Options
The Amended 2007 Plan provides for the grant of stock options that qualify as “incentive stock options,” as defined in Section 422 of the Code. Under the Code, a participant generally is not subject to ordinary income tax upon the grant or exercise of an ISO. If the participant holds a share received on exercise of an ISO for more than two years from the date the stock option was granted and more than one year from the date the stock option was exercised, which is referred to as the required holding period, the difference, if any, between the amount realized on a sale or other taxable disposition of that share and the holder’s tax basis in that share will be long-term capital gain or loss.

If, however, a participant disposes of a share acquired on exercise of an ISO before the end of the required holding period, which is referred to as a disqualifying disposition, the participant generally will recognize ordinary income in the year of the disqualifying disposition equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the share on the date the ISO was exercised over the exercise price. However, if the sales proceeds are less than the fair market value of the share on the date of exercise of the stock option, the amount of ordinary income recognized by the participant will not exceed the gain, if any, realized on the sale. If the amount realized on a disqualifying disposition exceeds the fair market value of the share on the date of exercise of the stock option, that excess will be short-term or long-term capital gain, depending on whether the holding period for the share exceeds one year.

For purposes of the alternative minimum tax, the amount by which the fair market value of a share of stock acquired on exercise of an ISO exceeds the exercise price of that stock option generally will be an adjustment included in the participant’s alternative minimum taxable income for the year in which the stock option is exercised. If, however, there is a disqualifying disposition of the share in the year in which the stock option is exercised, there will be no adjustment for alternative minimum tax purposes with respect to that share. In computing alternative minimum taxable income, the tax basis of a share acquired on exercise of an ISO is increased by the amount of the adjustment taken into account with respect to that share for alternative minimum tax purposes in the year the stock option is exercised.

We are not allowed an income tax deduction with respect to the grant or exercise of an ISO or the disposition of a share acquired on exercise of an ISO after the required holding period. If there is a disqualifying disposition of a share, however, we are allowed a deduction in an amount equal to the ordinary income includible in income by the participant, subject to Section 162(m) of the Code and provided that amount constitutes an ordinary and necessary business expense for us and is reasonable in amount, and either the employee includes that amount in income or we timely satisfy our reporting requirements with respect to that amount.

Restricted Stock Awards
Generally, the recipient of a restricted stock award will recognize ordinary income at the time the stock is received equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the stock received over any amount paid by the recipient in exchange for the stock. If, however, the stock is not vested when it is received (for example, if the employee is required to work for a period of time in order to have the right to sell the stock), the recipient generally will not recognize income until the stock becomes vested, at which time the recipient will recognize ordinary income equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the stock on the date it becomes vested over any amount paid by the recipient in exchange for the stock. A recipient may, however, file an election with the Internal Revenue Service, within 30 days following his or her receipt of the stock award, to recognize ordinary income, as of the date the recipient receives the award, equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the stock on the date the award is granted over any amount paid by the recipient for the stock.

The recipient’s basis for the determination of gain or loss upon the subsequent disposition of shares acquired from stock awards will be the amount paid for such shares plus any ordinary income recognized either when the stock is received or when the stock becomes vested.

Subject to the requirement of reasonableness, the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code and the satisfaction of a tax reporting obligation, we will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the recipient of the stock award.

Restricted Stock Unit Awards
Generally, the recipient of a stock unit structured to conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code or an exception to Section 409A of the Code will recognize ordinary income at the time the stock is delivered equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares of our common stock received over any amount paid by the recipient in exchange for the shares of our common stock. To conform to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, the shares of our common stock subject to a stock unit award may generally only be delivered upon one of the following events: a fixed calendar date (or dates), separation from service, death, disability or a change in control. If delivery occurs on another date, unless the stock units otherwise comply

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with or qualify for an exception to the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, in addition to the tax treatment described above, the recipient will owe an additional 20% federal tax and interest on any taxes owed.

The recipient’s basis for the determination of gain or loss upon the subsequent disposition of shares acquired from stock units will be the amount paid for such shares plus any ordinary income recognized when the stock is delivered.

Subject to the requirement of reasonableness, the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code and the satisfaction of a tax reporting obligation, we will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the recipient of the stock award.

Stock Appreciation Rights
We may grant under the Amended 2007 Plan stock appreciation rights separate from any other award or in tandem with other awards under the Amended 2007 Plan. Where the stock appreciation rights are granted with a strike price equal to the fair market value of the underlying stock on the grant date, the recipient will recognize ordinary income equal to the fair market value of the stock or cash received upon such exercise. Subject to the requirement of reasonableness, the provisions of Section 162(m) of the Code, and the satisfaction of a tax reporting obligation, we will generally be entitled to a tax deduction equal to the taxable ordinary income realized by the recipient of the stock appreciation right. 

New Plan Benefits
Awards under the Amended 2007 Plan are discretionary and are not subject to set benefits or amounts under the terms of the Amended 2007 Plan. However, our Board’s current policy establishes the number of shares subject to initial and annual stock awards that will be granted to our non-employee directors under the Amended 2007 Plan. The Board’s current policy with respect to stock awards granted to non-employee directors is described under Director Compensation below.

Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan
Name and position
 
Dollar value
 
Number of shares subject to stock awards
Jen-Hsun Huang (1)
Chief Executive Officer and President
 
*
 
*
Karen Burns (1)
Interim Chief Financial Officer
 
*
 
*
Ajay K. Puri (1)
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
 
*
 
*
David M. Shannon (1)
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
*
 
*
Debora Shoquist (1)
Executive Vice President, Operations
 
*
 
*
All Current Executive Officers as a Group (1)
 
*
 
*
All Current Non-Executive Directors as a Group (2)
 
$1,800,000
 
*
All Current and Former Employees as a Group (including all current non-executive officers) (1)
 
*
 
*
(1) The amounts allocable under the Amended 2007 Plan to our executive officers and employees are not determinable because the Amended 2007 Plan does not provide for set benefits or amounts with respect to awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan, and we have not approved any awards that are conditioned on stockholder approval of this Proposal 2.
(2)
On the day following the 2013 Annual Meeting, each of our non-employee directors will be granted one of the following with an approximate annual value of $225,000: (a) an option to purchase shares of our common stock, (b) a restricted stock unit award covering shares of our common stock, or (c) a 50% combination of each, under the Amended 2007 Plan consistent with the Board’s current policy as described under Director Compensation below. The number of shares subject to such awards granted under the Amended 2007 Plan is determined on the basis of the average fair market value of our common stock over the 60-day period ending three business days prior to the date of grant and, therefore, is not determinable at this time.

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2007 Plan Benefits

The following table shows, for each of the individuals and the various groups indicated, the number of stock options and restricted stock units underlying shares of our common stock that have been granted (even if not currently outstanding) under the 2007 Plan since its approval by our stockholders in 2007 through March 22, 2013.
2007 Equity Incentive Plan
Name and position
 
Number of shares subject to stock awards
Jen-Hsun Huang
Chief Executive Officer and President
 
3,181,525

Karen Burns
Interim Chief Financial Officer
 
214,000

Ajay K. Puri
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
 
762,913

David M. Shannon
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
786,325

Debora Shoquist
Executive Vice President, Operations
 
883,550

All Current Executive Officers as a Group (5 People)
 
5,828,313

All Current Non-Executive Directors as a Group
 
1,866,775

All Current and Former Employees as a Group (including all current non-executive officers)
 
89,846,159

Each Nominee for Director (6 People):
 
 
     Tench Coxe
 
258,269

     James C. Gaither
 
258,269

     Jen-Hsun Huang
 
3,181,525

     Mark L. Perry
 
227,281

     A. Brooke Seawell
 
252,269

     Mark A. Stevens
 
274,776

Each Associate of any Director, Executive Officer or Nominee
 

Each Other Current and Former 5% Holder or Future 5% Recipient
 


Required Vote and Board of Directors Recommendation

A majority of the shares present, in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting must vote “FOR” this Proposal 2 for it to be approved. Abstentions will be counted toward the tabulation of votes cast on proposals presented to the stockholders and will have the same effect as negative votes. Broker non-votes are counted towards a quorum, but are not counted for any purpose in determining whether this matter has been approved. If our stockholders do not vote FOR approval of this Proposal 2, we will promptly amend the Amended 2007 Plan to revert to the terms of the 2007 Plan and reduce the aggregate number of shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under the Amended 2007 Plan by 25,000,000 shares. Please vote as soon as possible.


THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR PROPOSAL 2.



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INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The following is information for each of the members of our Board as of the date of this proxy statement:
Name
 
Position with NVIDIA
 
Age
 
Director Since
 
Expiration
of Term
Tench Coxe
 
Director
 
55
 
June 1993
 
2013
James C. Gaither
 
Director
 
75
 
December 1998
 
2013
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
 
50
 
April 1993
 
2013
Mark L. Perry
 
Director
 
57
 
May 2005
 
2013
A. Brooke Seawell
 
Director
 
65
 
December 1997
 
2013
Mark A. Stevens
 
Director
 
53
 
September 2008*
 
2013
Robert K. Burgess
 
Director
 
55
 
December 2011
 
2014
Harvey C. Jones
 
Director
 
60
 
November 1993
 
2014
William J. Miller
 
Lead Director
 
67
 
November 1994
 
2014
*
Mr. Stevens previously served as a member of our Board from June 1993 until June 2006.

The brief biographies below include information, as of the date of this proxy statement, regarding the specific and particular experience, qualifications, attributes or skills of each director that led the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to believe that that director should continue to serve on the Board. However, each of the members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may have a variety of reasons why he believes a particular person would be an appropriate nominee for the Board, and these views may differ from the views of other members. The biographies of Messrs. Coxe, Gaither, Huang, Perry, Seawell and Stevens, who are the director nominees for reelection at the 2013 Annual Meeting, are contained under Proposal 1-Election of Directors above.

Directors Continuing in Office until our 2014 Annual Meeting

Robert K. Burgess has served as an independent investor and board member to technology companies since December 2005. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Macromedia, Inc., a provider of Internet and multimedia software, from 1996 to 2005. He also served on the board of directors of Macromedia from 1996 until 2005, as Chairman of the Board of Macromedia from 1998 until 2005 and as Executive Chairman of Macromedia from January 2005 until December 2005, when Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Prior to joining Macromedia, Mr. Burgess held key executive positions at Silicon Graphics, Inc., a graphics and computing company, and from 1991 to 1995 served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Alias Research, Inc., a publicly traded 3D software company, prior to its acquisition by Silicon Graphics. Mr. Burgess currently serves on the board of Adobe Systems Incorporated, IMRIS Inc. and several privately-held companies. Mr. Burgess holds a B.Com. degree from McMaster University in Canada.

As the former Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Macromedia, as well as several other executive positions, Mr. Burgess has extensive executive leadership experience and brings extensive financial management expertise, as well as extensive knowledge of operational, risk management and strategic issues. He also possesses significant experience with business issues in technology organizations as a result of his former executive roles. With more than 16 years of experience as a board member of publicly traded companies, Mr. Burgess also has a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of the board and valuable insight on a number of significant issues in the technology industry.

Harvey C. Jones is the chairman of the board of directors of Tensilica Inc., a privately-held company he co-founded in 1997. Tensilica designs and licenses application-specific microprocessors for use in high-volume embedded systems. Mr. Jones also serves as a private venture capitalist to technology companies. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Jones held various positions at Synopsys, Inc., an electronic design automation software company, where he served as chief executive officer through 1994 and as executive chairman of the board of directors until 1998. Prior to Synopsys, Mr. Jones served as president and chief executive officer of Daisy Systems Corporation, a computer-aided engineering company that he co-founded in 1981. Mr. Jones served on the board of directors of Wind River Systems, Inc., an embedded software and services provider, from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Jones holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from Georgetown University and an M.S. degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Through his experiences as chairman and chief executive officer of a large global technology company and as co-founder of two technology companies, Mr. Jones brings to the Board an in-depth knowledge of the technology industry, significant operating experience, expertise in corporate strategy development, financial expertise, business acumen and insight into current and emerging business trends. His technical and science background brings a strong understanding of semiconductor technologies and provides the Board with valuable insight and guidance regarding technological and innovation strategies, understanding our research and development efforts as well as management and development of our technical employees. Mr. Jones also has a deep understanding of our people, products, operations and strategic direction, which he acquired over 20 years of service as a member of our Board. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.

William J. Miller has served as an independent board member for several companies and has been an occasional consultant to technology companies since October 1999. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Miller was chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Avid Technology, Inc., a provider of digital tools for multimedia. Mr. Miller also served as president of Avid Technology from 1996 to 1999. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Miller served as chief executive officer of Quantum Corporation, a mass storage company. He was a member of the board of directors of Quantum, and Chairman thereof, from 1992 and 1993, respectively, to 1995. From 1981 to 1992, he served in various positions at Control Data Corporation, a supplier of computer hardware, software and services, most recently as executive vice president and president, information services. Mr. Miller serves on the board of directors of Waters Corporation, a scientific instrument manufacturing company, Digimarc Corporation, a developer and supplier of secure identification products and digital watermarking technology, and Glu Mobile, Inc., a publisher of mobile games. Mr. Miller served on the board of directors of Overland Storage, Inc. from 2006 to 2009 and Viewsonic Corporation from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Miller holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Through his experiences as chief executive officer of two publicly-traded technology companies and as a business consultant to technology companies, Mr. Miller brings to the Board extensive general management and operational experience as well as an in-depth knowledge of the technology industry, expertise in corporate strategy development, financial expertise, business acumen and insight into current and emerging business trends. Additionally, Mr. Miller’s service on boards of directors of other public companies and his varied experience in corporate legal affairs provides him with considerable corporate governance experience, an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a public company board of directors and insight into matters being handled by our Board. Mr. Miller also has a deep understanding of our people, products, operations and strategic direction, which he acquired over 19 years of service as a member of our Board. The Board believes that these skills and this experience and track record position him to serve NVIDIA well.

Independence of the Members of the Board of Directors

Consistent with the requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, or NASDAQ, our Corporate Governance Policies require our Board to affirmatively determine that a majority of our directors do not have a relationship that would interfere with their exercise of independent judgment in carrying out their responsibilities and meet any other qualification requirements required by the SEC and NASDAQ. After considering all relevant relationships and transactions, the Board determined all members of the Board are “independent” as defined by NASDAQ’s rules and regulations, except for Jen-Hsun Huang, our president and chief executive officer. Thus, as of the date of the mailing of this proxy statement, 89% of the members of our Board are independent. The Board also determined that all members of our Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees are independent under applicable NASDAQ listing standards.

Board Leadership Structure

Our Bylaws and Corporate Governance Policies permit the roles of chairman of the board and chief executive officer to be filled by the same or different individuals. This allows the Board flexibility to determine whether the two roles should be combined or separated based upon our needs and the Board’s assessment of its leadership from time to time. The Board believes that our stockholders are best served at this time by not having a chairman of the board and by having a lead independent director, or Lead Director.

In the absence of a chairman of the board, our Corporate Governance Policies provide that our chief executive officer has primary responsibility for preparing the agendas for Board meetings. Our chief executive officer also presides over the portion of the meetings of the Board where he is present.

Given that we do not have a chairman of the board, the Board believes that a Lead Director is an integral part of our Board structure and a critical aspect of effective corporate governance. The independent directors consider the role and designation of the Lead Director on an annual basis. Mr. Miller has been our Lead Director since May 2009. Mr. Miller brings considerable skills and experience, as described above, to the role. In addition, Mr. Miller is Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance

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Committee, which affords him increased engagement with Board governance and composition. Our Lead Director has significant responsibilities, which are set forth in our Corporate Governance Policies, and include, in part:

determining an appropriate schedule of Board meetings, seeking to ensure that the independent members of the Board can perform their duties responsibly while not interfering with the flow of our operations;

working independently or with our chief executive officer, seeking input from all directors, as well as the chief executive officer and other relevant management, as to the preparation of the agendas for Board and committee meetings;

advising the Board on a regular basis as to the quality, quantity and timeliness of the flow of information requested by the Board from our management with the goal of providing what is necessary for the independent members of the Board to effectively and responsibly perform their duties, and, although our management is responsible for the preparation of materials for the Board, the Lead Director may specifically request the inclusion of certain material; and

coordinating, developing the agenda for, and moderating executive sessions of the independent members of the Board, and acting as principal liaison between the independent members of the Board and the chief executive officer on sensitive issues.

As discussed above, a substantial portion of our Board is comprised of independent directors. The active involvement of the independent directors, combined with the qualifications and significant responsibilities of our Lead Director, provide balance on the Board and promote strong, independent oversight of our management and affairs.

Role of the Board in Risk Oversight

One of the Board’s key functions is informed oversight of our risk management process. The Board does not have a standing risk management committee, but rather administers this oversight function directly through the Board as a whole, as well as through various Board standing committees that address risks inherent in their respective areas of oversight. In particular, our Board is responsible for monitoring and assessing strategic risk exposure and our Audit Committee has the responsibility to consider and discuss our major financial risk exposures and the steps our management has taken to monitor and control these exposures. The Audit Committee also monitors compliance with certain legal and regulatory requirements and oversees the performance of our internal audit function. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee monitors the effectiveness of our anonymous tip process and corporate governance guidelines, including whether they are successful in preventing illegal or improper liability-creating conduct. Our Compensation Committee assesses and monitors whether any of our compensation policies and programs has the potential to encourage excessive risk-taking.

The full Board (or the appropriate committee in the case of risks that are under the purview of a particular committee) receives reports on risk facing NVIDIA from our chief executive officer or the appropriate “risk owner” within NVIDIA to enable it to understand our risk identification, risk management and risk mitigation strategies. When a committee receives the report, the chairman of the relevant committee reports on the discussion to the full Board during the committee reports portion of the next Board meeting. However, it is the responsibility of the committee chairs to report findings regarding material risk exposures to the Board as quickly as possible.

Audit Committee Financial Experts

The Board has determined that each of Messrs. Perry, Jones, Miller and Seawell satisfy the criteria adopted by the SEC to serve as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the SEC rules.

Corporate Governance Policies of the Board of Directors

The Board has documented our governance practices by adopting Corporate Governance Policies to ensure that the Board will have the necessary authority and practices in place to review and evaluate our business operations as needed and to make decisions that are independent of our management. The Corporate Governance Policies set forth the practices the Board follows with respect to board composition and selection, regular evaluations of the Board and its committees, board meetings and involvement of senior management, chief executive officer performance evaluation, and board committees and compensation. Our Corporate Governance Policies may be viewed under Corporate Governance in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.nvidia.com.


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Executive Sessions of the Board

As required under NASDAQ’s listing standards, our independent directors have in the past and will continue to meet regularly in scheduled executive sessions at which only independent directors are present. In fiscal year 2013, our independent directors met in executive session at three of the four regularly scheduled Board meetings.

In addition, independent directors have in the past and will continue to meet regularly in scheduled executive session with our chief executive officer. In fiscal year 2013, our independent directors met in executive session with our chief executive officer at two of the four regularly scheduled Board meetings.

Director Attendance at Annual Meeting

We do not have a formal policy regarding attendance by members of the Board at our annual meetings. We generally schedule a Board meeting in conjunction with our annual meetings and expect that all of our directors will attend each annual meeting, absent a valid reason. Eight of our nine Board members attended our 2012 Annual Meeting.

Board Self-Assessments

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee oversees an annual evaluation process, whereby each director evaluates the Board as a whole and each member of the standing committees of the Board evaluates the committees on which they serve. After these evaluations are complete, the results are discussed by the Board and each committee and with each individual director, as applicable, and, if necessary, action plans are developed.

Director Education

The Board believes that director education is integral to Board and committee performance and effectiveness. Directors are expected to participate in continuing educational programs in order to maintain the necessary level of expertise to perform their responsibilities as directors. Each of our directors, with the exception of Mr. Burgess, who joined the Board in December 2011, has completed the Stanford Directors’ College, which is affiliated with the Stanford University Law School.

Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

The Board believes that directors should hold a significant equity interest in NVIDIA. Our Corporate Governance Policies require each director to hold at least 25,000 shares of our common stock during the period in which they serve as a director, unless our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee waives the requirement. The 25,000 shares may include vested but unexercised stock options. Directors have 18 months from the date that they become directors to reach the ownership threshold. Each of our directors currently meets or exceeds the stock ownership requirement. The stock ownership guidelines are intended to further align director interests with stockholder interests.

Outside Advisors

The Board and each of its principal committees may retain outside advisors and consultants of their choosing at our expense. The Board need not obtain management’s consent to retain outside advisors. In addition, the principal committees need not obtain either the Board’s or management’s consent to retain outside advisors.

Code of Conduct

We have a Worldwide Code of Conduct that applies to all of our executive officers, directors and employees, including our principal executive officer and principal financial and accounting officer. We also have a Financial Team Code of Conduct that applies to our executive officers, directors and members of our finance, accounting and treasury departments. Both the Worldwide Code of Conduct and the Financial Team Code of Conduct are available under Corporate Governance in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.nvidia.com. If we make any amendments to the Worldwide Code of Conduct or the Financial Team Code of Conduct or grant any waiver from a provision of either code to any executive officer or director, we will promptly disclose the nature of the amendment or waiver on our website.


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Conflicts of Interest

We expect our directors, executives and employees to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, ethics and honesty. Our credibility and reputation depend upon the good judgment, ethical standards and personal integrity of each director, executive and employee. In order to better protect us and our stockholders, we regularly review our Code of Conduct and related policies to ensure that they provide clear guidance to our directors, executives and employees.

Corporate Hotline

We have established a corporate hotline (operated by a third party) to allow any employee to confidentially and anonymously lodge a complaint about any accounting, internal control, auditing or other matters of concern (unless prohibited by local privacy laws for employees located in the European Union).

Stockholder Communications with the Board of Directors

Stockholders who wish to communicate with the Board regarding nominations of directors or other matters may do so by sending written communications addressed to David M. Shannon, our secretary, at NVIDIA Corporation, 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050. All stockholder communications we receive that are addressed to the Board will be compiled by our secretary. If no particular director is named, letters will be forwarded, depending on the subject matter, to the Chair of the Audit, Compensation or Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Nomination of Directors

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee identifies, reviews and evaluates candidates to serve as directors and recommends candidates for election to the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee either uses its network of contacts to compile a list of potential candidates or engages a professional search firm. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee conducts any appropriate and necessary inquiries into the backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates after considering the function and needs of the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee meets to discuss and consider the candidates’ qualifications and then selects a nominee for recommendation to the Board. For an explanation of the factors the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers when evaluating candidates and the Board as a whole, please see Proposal 1—Election of Directors above.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee evaluates candidates proposed by stockholders using the same criteria as it uses for other candidates. Matters put forth by our stockholders will be reviewed by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which will determine whether these matters should be presented to the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will give serious consideration to all such matters and will make its determination in accordance with its charter and applicable laws. Stockholders seeking to recommend a prospective nominee should follow the instructions under the heading Stockholder Communications with the Board of Directors above. Stockholder submissions must include the full name of the proposed nominee, a description of the proposed nominee’s business experience for at least the previous five years, complete biographical information, a description of the proposed nominee’s qualifications as a director and a representation that the nominating stockholder is a beneficial or record owner of our stock. Any such submission must be accompanied by the written consent of the proposed nominee to be named as a nominee and to serve as a director if elected. Stockholders are advised to review our Bylaws and Corporate Governance Policies, which contain the requirements for director nominations. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee did not receive any stockholder nominations during fiscal year 2013.

Majority Vote Standard

As a part of our continuing process of enhancing our corporate governance procedures and to provide our stockholders with a more meaningful role in the outcome of the election of directors, in March 2006, our Board amended our Bylaws to adopt a majority vote standard for non-contested director elections. Our Bylaws now provide that in a non-contested election if the votes cast FOR an incumbent director do not exceed the number of WITHHOLD votes, such incumbent director shall promptly tender his resignation to the Board. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will review the circumstances surrounding the WITHHOLD vote and promptly make a recommendation to the Board on whether to accept or reject the resignation or whether other action should be taken. In making its decision, the Board will evaluate the best interests of NVIDIA and our stockholders and will consider all factors and relevant information. The Board will act on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s recommendation and publicly disclose its decision and the rationale behind it within 90 days from the date of certification of the stockholder vote. The director who tenders his resignation will not participate in the Board’s or the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s decisions. In a contested election, which is an election in which the number of nominees exceeds the

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number of directors to be elected, our directors will be elected by a plurality of the shares represented in person or by proxy at any such meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors at that meeting.

Board Meeting Information

The Board met seven times during our fiscal year 2013. In addition, during fiscal year 2013, the Board held a two day meeting, during which the Board discussed the strategic direction of NVIDIA, explored and discussed new business opportunities and the product roadmap, and addressed possible challenges facing NVIDIA. We expect each Board member to attend each meeting of the Board and the committees on which he serves. In fiscal year 2013, each Board member attended 75% or more of the meetings of the Board and of each committee on which he served.

Committees of the Board of Directors

The Board has three standing committees: an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Each of these committees operates under a written charter, which may be viewed under Corporate Governance in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.nvidia.com.

In fiscal year 2006, the Board concluded that having our directors rotate and serve on different committees provides a benefit to us and our stockholders. By rotating among committees, we believe all members are more fully informed regarding the full scope of Board and our activities. The Board believes that such rotations are a good corporate governance practice and intends to make periodic rotations in the future. On February 23, 2012, the Board examined the composition and chairmanship of the Board’s committees and approved certain rotations for fiscal year 2013, as described below.

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Committees and
Membership
  
Number of Meetings Held During Fiscal Year 2013 and Committee Functions
Audit
  
Meetings: 8
Mark L. Perry*
A. Brooke Seawell
Tench Coxe**
James C. Gaither Harvey C. Jones***
  
Written Consents: 0
 
•    oversees our corporate accounting and financial reporting process;
 
•    oversees our internal audit function;
 
•    evaluates the performance of and assesses the qualifications of our independent registered public accounting firm;
 
•    determines and approves the engagement of the independent registered public accounting firm;
 
•    determines whether to retain or terminate the existing independent registered public accounting firm or to appoint and engage a new independent registered public accounting firm;
 
•    reviews and approves the retention of the independent registered public accounting firm to perform any proposed permissible non-audit services;
 
•    confers with management and our independent registered public accounting firm regarding the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting;
 
•    discusses with management and the independent registered public accounting firm the results of the annual audit and the results of our quarterly financial statements;
 
•    reviews the financial statements to be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K;
 
•    reviews earnings press releases, as well as the substance of financial information and earnings guidance provided to analysts and rating agencies on our quarterly earnings calls;
 
•    prepares the report required to be included by the SEC rules in our annual proxy statement or Annual Report on Form 10-K; and
 
•    establishes procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints we receive regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters and the confidential and anonymous submission by employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
 
 
 
Compensation
  
Meetings: 7
Mark A. Stevens*
William J. Miller
Harvey C. Jones** Robert K. Burgess*** Tench Coxe***
  
Written Consents: 5
 
•    reviews and approves our overall compensation strategy and policies;
 
•    reviews and recommends to the Board the compensation of our Board members;
 
•    reviews and approves the compensation and other terms of employment of our chief executive officer and other executive officers;
 
•    reviews and approves corporate performance goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of our executive officers and other senior management;
 
•    reviews and approves written performance goals for our chief executive officer relevant to the compensation of our chief executive officer;
 
•    reviews and approves the disclosure contained in Compensation Discussion and Analysis and considers whether to recommend that it be included in the proxy statement and Annual Report on Form 10-K;
 
•    administers our stock option and purchase plans, variable compensation plans and other similar programs;
 
•    assesses and monitors whether any of our compensation policies and programs has the potential to encourage excessive risk-taking; and
 
•    may form and delegate authority to subcommittees as appropriate, including, but not limited to, a subcommittee composed of one of more members of the Board.
Nominating and Corporate 
Governance
  
Meetings: 3
Written Consents: 0
William J. Miller*
James C. Gaither
Harvey C. Jones
Mark A. Stevens
  
•    identifies, reviews and evaluates candidates to serve as directors;
 
•    recommends candidates for election to our Board;
 
•    makes recommendations to the Board regarding committee membership;
 
•    assesses the performance of the Board and its committees;
 
•    reviews and assesses our corporate governance principles and practices;
 
•    approves related party transactions; and
 
•    establishes procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints we receive regarding violations of our code of conduct.

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*
Committee Chairperson.
**
Ceased serving on the committee effectively immediately following our 2012 Annual Meeting in connection with our periodic committee member rotation.
***
Joined the committee effectively immediately following our 2012 Annual Meeting in connection with our periodic committee member rotation.

On December 3, 2012, the Board examined the composition and chairmanship of the Board’s committees and approved certain rotations for fiscal year 2014. Effective beginning January 28, 2013, our committees were composed of the following members:
Audit Committee
 
Compensation Committee
 
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mark L. Perry (Chairman)
 
Mark A. Stevens (Chairman)
 
William J. Miller (Chairman)
A. Brooke Seawell
 
James C. Gaither
 
James C. Gaither
William J. Miller
 
Tench Coxe
 
Harvey C. Jones
Harvey C. Jones
 
Robert K. Burgess
 
Mark A. Stevens


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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
For fiscal year 2013, the Compensation Committee consisted of Messrs. Burgess, Coxe, Jones, Miller and Stevens. In connection with the periodic rotation of our committee members as explained above, Mr. Jones ceased serving as a member of, and Messrs. Burgess and Coxe joined as members of, the Compensation Committee effective immediately after our 2012 Annual Meeting in May 2012. No member of the Compensation Committee is an officer or employee of NVIDIA, and none of our executive officers serve as a director or member of a compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving as a member of our Board or Compensation Committee. Each of our current directors has purchased and holds shares of our common stock.



DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

In December 2011, the Compensation Committee began its annual review of the type and form of compensation to be paid to our non-employee directors in connection with their service on our Board and its committees during fiscal year 2013. The Compensation Committee consulted with Exequity LLP, its independent compensation consultant, and reviewed peer data from the executive peer group approved by the Compensation Committee for fiscal year 2012. The Compensation Committee subsequently recommended, and the Board approved, effective on the date of our 2012 Annual Meeting, a mix of cash and equity awards for our non-employee directors with an approximate annual value of $300,000. This value approximates the average total annual compensation, both cash and equity, paid by technology peer companies of similar size and market capitalization to their non-employee directors. We refer to this as the 2012 Program.

Cash Compensation

Under the 2012 Program, the cash portion of the annual retainer, representing $75,000 on an annualized basis, is paid quarterly over the course of twelve months beginning on May 17, 2012, the date of our 2012 Annual Meeting.

Equity Compensation

Under the 2012 Program, each non-employee director elected in advance of the 2012 Annual Meeting the form of equity award he would receive on the first trading day following the date of our 2012 Annual Meeting. Non-employee directors were allowed to elect stock options, restricted stock units or a 50/50 combination of each. The aggregate value of the equity award was $225,000. The number of shares subject to each stock option grant had a fair value (calculated using the binomial option pricing model, based on the average closing market price over the 60 calendar days ending on May 15, 2012, as determined in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, or FASB ASC Topic 718) equal to the portion of the annual retainer allocated to stock options. The number of shares subject to each restricted stock unit equaled the value of the annual retainer allocated to the restricted stock unit divided by the average closing market price over the 60 calendar days ending on May 15, 2012.

In order to correlate the vesting of the equity awards to the non-employee directors’ service on the Board and its committees over the following year, stock options vest quarterly commencing on the day after the date of our 2012 Annual Meeting and RSUs vested as to 50% on November 21, 2012 (the third Wednesday in November 2012) and will vest as to the remaining 50% on May 15, 2013 (the third Wednesday in May 2013). The options have a term of ten years. If a non-employee director’s service as a director terminates due to death, the option and RSU grants will immediately fully vest and the option grants will become exercisable.

Other Compensation/Benefits

Our non-employee directors are also reimbursed for expenses incurred in attending Board and committee meetings, as well as continuing educational programs required by our Corporate Governance Policies. Directors who are also employees do not receive any fees or equity compensation for service on the Board. Mr. Huang is our only employee director.

We do not offer change-in-control benefits to our directors, except for the change-in-control vesting acceleration provisions in our equity plans that are applicable to all holders of stock awards under such plans in the event that an acquiring company does not assume or substitute for such outstanding stock awards.


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The following table provides information regarding compensation of non-employee directors who served during fiscal year 2013:


Director Compensation for Fiscal Year 2013
Name
 
Fees Earned or Paid in Cash ($)
 
Stock Awards ($) (1)
 
Option Awards ($) (1)
 
Total ($) (2)(3)
Robert K. Burgess
 
56,250
 
196,674(4)
 
-
 
252,924
Tench Coxe
 
56,250
 
-
 
194,276(5)
 
250,526
James C. Gaither
 
56,250
 
-
 
194,276(5)
 
250,526
Harvey C. Jones
 
56,250
 
-
 
194,276(5)
 
250,526
William J. Miller
 
56,250
 
-
 
194,276(5)
 
250,526
Mark L. Perry
 
56,250
 
196,674(4)
 
-
 
252,924
A. Brooke Seawell
 
56,250
 
-
 
194,276(5)
 
250,526
Mark A. Stevens
 
56,250
 
98,343(6)
 
97,140(6)
 
251,733
 __________
(1) 
Amounts shown in this column do not reflect dollar amounts actually received by the non-employee director. Instead, these amounts reflect the aggregate full grant date fair value calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 for awards granted during fiscal year 2013.

(2) 
As of January 27, 2013, Messrs. Burgess, Perry and Stevens held RSUs for the following aggregate number of shares of our common stock: Mr. Burgess, RSUs for 8,141 shares; Mr. Perry, RSUs for 8,141 shares; and Mr. Stevens, RSUs for 4,070 shares.

(3) 
As of January 27, 2013, each non-employee director held stock options to purchase the following aggregate number of shares of our common stock: Mr. Burgess, options to purchase 66,041 shares; Mr. Coxe, options to purchase 258,269 shares; Mr. Gaither, options to purchase 258,269 shares; Mr. Jones, options to purchase 255,320 shares; Mr. Miller, options to purchase 258,269 shares; Mr. Perry, options to purchase 211,000 shares; Mr. Seawell, options to purchase 252,269 shares; and Mr. Stevens, options to purchase 58,634 shares.

(4) 
On May 18, 2012, each of Messrs. Burgess and Perry received an RSU grant for 16,281 shares as the equity portion of compensation for his service on the Board and committees. The assumptions used in the calculation of values of the awards are set forth under Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements titled “Stock-Based Compensation” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2013, filed with the SEC on March 12, 2013.

(5) 
On May 18, 2012, each of Messrs. Coxe, Gaither, Jones, Miller and Seawell received a stock option to purchase 47,269 shares as the equity portion of compensation for his service on the Board and committees with an exercise price of $12.08 per share, which was the closing price of our common stock as reported by NASDAQ on May 18, 2012. The grant date fair value per share for these awards as determined under FASB ASC Topic 718 was $4.11. The assumptions used in the calculation of values of the awards are set forth under Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements titled “Stock-Based Compensation” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2013, filed with the SEC on March 12, 2013.

(6) 
On May 18, 2012, Mr. Stevens received (a) a stock option to purchase 23,634 shares with an exercise price of $12.08 per share, which was the closing price of our common stock as reported by NASDAQ on May 18, 2012, and (b) an RSU grant for 8,140 shares as the equity portion of compensation for his service on the Board and committees. The grant date fair value per share for this option award as determined under FASB ASC Topic 718 was $4.11. The assumptions used in the calculation of values of the awards are set forth under Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements titled “Stock-Based Compensation” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2013, filed with the SEC on March 12, 2013.



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PROPOSAL 3
APPROVAL OF EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or the Dodd-Frank Act, and Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, our stockholders are entitled to vote to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement in accordance with SEC rules. At the 2011 Annual Meeting, our stockholders indicated their preference that NVIDIA solicit a non-binding advisory approval of the compensation of the named executive officers, commonly referred to as a “say-on-pay vote,” every year.  The Board has adopted a policy that is consistent with that preference.  In accordance with that policy, this year, the Board is again asking the stockholders to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of NVIDIA’s named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement in accordance with SEC rules. This vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of our named executive officers and the philosophy, policies and practices described in this statement.

The compensation of our named executive officers subject to the vote is disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables and the related narrative disclosure contained in this proxy statement. As discussed in those disclosures, we believe that our compensation policies and decisions are focused on pay-for-performance principles and strongly aligned with our stockholders’ interests. Compensation of our named executive officers is designed to enable us to attract and retain talented and experienced executives to lead NVIDIA successfully in a competitive environment.

Accordingly, the Board is asking the stockholders to indicate their support for the compensation of our named executive officers as described in this proxy statement by adopting the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion is hereby APPROVED.”

Because the approval is advisory, it is not binding on the Board or us. Nevertheless, the views expressed by the stockholders, whether through this vote or otherwise, are important to management and the Board and, accordingly, the Board and the Compensation Committee intend to consider the results of this vote in making determinations in the future regarding executive compensation arrangements.

Advisory approval of this proposal requires the vote of the holders of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR PROPOSAL 3.


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PROPOSAL 4
RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014

The Audit Committee has selected PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or PwC, to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending January 26, 2014. Stockholder ratification of the Audit Committee’s selection of PwC is not required by our Bylaws or any other governing documents or laws. As a matter of good corporate governance, we are submitting the selection of PwC to our stockholders for ratification. If our stockholders do not ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain PwC. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee in its sole discretion may direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the fiscal year if it determines that such a change would be in our best interests and those of our stockholders.

The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote at the 2013 Annual Meeting will be required to ratify the selection of PwC. Abstentions will be counted toward the tabulation of votes cast and will have the same effect as votes against the proposal. Broker non-votes are counted toward a quorum, but are not counted for any purpose in determining whether this proposal has been approved.

We expect that a representative of PwC will attend the 2013 Annual Meeting. The PwC representative will have an opportunity to make a statement at the 2013 Annual Meeting if he or she so desires. The representative will also be available to respond to appropriate stockholder questions.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR PROPOSAL 4.


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AUDIT COMMITTEE AND INDEPENDENT AUDITOR INFORMATION
REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The material in this report is not “soliciting material,” is not deemed “filed” with the SEC and is not to be incorporated by reference in any of our filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, whether made before or after the date hereof and irrespective of any general incorporation language in any such filing, except to the extent specifically incorporated by reference therein.

The Audit Committee oversees accounting, financial reporting, internal control over financial reporting, financial practices and audit activities of NVIDIA and its subsidiaries. The Audit Committee reviews the results and scope of the audit and other services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm and reviews financial statements and the accounting policies followed by NVIDIA prior to the issuance of the financial statements with both management and the independent registered public accounting firm.

Management is responsible for the financial reporting process, the preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, the system of internal control over financial reporting, and the procedures designed to facilitate compliance with accounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or PwC, our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2013, was responsible for performing an independent audit of the consolidated financial statements and issuing a report on the consolidated financial statements and of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of January 27, 2013. PwC’s judgments as to the quality, not just the acceptability, of our accounting principles and such other matters are required to be disclosed to the Audit Committee under applicable standards. The Audit Committee oversees these processes. Also, the Audit Committee has ultimate authority and responsibility to select, evaluate and, when appropriate, terminate the independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee approves audit fees and non-audit services provided by and fees paid to the independent registered public accounting firm.

NVIDIA has an internal audit function that reports to the Audit Committee. This function is responsible for objectively reviewing and evaluating the adequacy, effectiveness and quality of our system of internal controls and the operating effectiveness of our business processes. The Audit Committee approves an annual internal audit plan and monitors the activities and performance of our internal audit function throughout the year to ensure the plan objectives are carried out and met.

The Audit Committee members are not professional accountants or auditors, and their functions are not intended to duplicate or to certify the activities of management or the independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee does not plan or conduct audits, determine that our financial statements are complete and accurate and in accordance with GAAP or assess our internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee relies, without additional independent verification, on the information provided by our management and on the representations made by management that the financial statements have been prepared with integrity and objectivity, and the opinion of PwC that such financial statements have been prepared in conformity with GAAP.

In this context, the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the audited consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2013 with management and our internal control over financial reporting with management and PwC. Specifically, the Audit Committee discussed with PwC the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended. We have received from PwC the written disclosures and letter required by the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding PwC’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence. The Audit Committee also considered whether the provision of certain permitted non-audit services by PwC is compatible with PwC’s independence and discussed PwC’s independence with PwC.

Based on the Audit Committee’s review and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of NVIDIA for the fiscal year ended January 27, 2013.
AUDIT COMMITTEE
 
Mark L. Perry, Chairman
A. Brooke Seawell
William J. Miller
Harvey C. Jones

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FEES BILLED BY THE INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The following is a summary of fees billed by PwC for fiscal years 2013 and 2012 for audit, tax and other professional services during each fiscal year:
 
Fiscal Year 2013
 
Fiscal Year 2012
Audit Fees (1)
$
3,274,901

 
$
3,469,736

Audit-Related Fees

 

Tax Fees (2)
197,960

 
361,620

All Other Fees (3)
71,600

 
3,600

Total Fees
$
3,544,461

 
$
3,834,956

 __________
(1) 
Audit fees included fees for the audit of our consolidated financial statements, the audit of our internal control over financial reporting, reviews of our quarterly financial statements and annual report, reviews of SEC registration statements and related consents and fees related to statutory audits of some of our international entities.
(2) 
Tax fees consisted of fees for tax compliance and consultation services.
(3) 
All other fees consisted of fees for products or services other than those included above, including payment to PwC related to the use of an accounting regulatory database and an operational audit service associated with carbon emissions reporting.

All of the services provided for fiscal years 2013 and 2012 described above were pre-approved by the Audit Committee or the Chairman of the Audit Committee through the authority granted to him by the Audit Committee, which is described below.

Our Audit Committee determined that the rendering of services other than audit services by PwC was compatible with maintaining PwC’s independence.

Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures

The Audit Committee has adopted policies and procedures for the pre-approval of all audit and permissible non-audit services rendered by our independent registered public accounting firm. The policy generally permits pre-approvals of specified permissible services in the defined categories of audit services, audit-related services and tax services up to specified amounts. Pre-approval may also be given as part of the Audit Committee’s approval of the scope of the engagement of our independent registered public accounting firm or on an individual case-by-case basis before the independent registered public accounting firm is engaged to provide each service. In some cases the full Audit Committee provides pre-approval for up to a year related to a particular defined task or scope. In other cases, the Audit Committee has delegated power to Mark L. Perry, the Chairman of our Audit Committee, to pre-approve additional non-audit services if the need for the service was unanticipated and approval is required prior to the next scheduled meeting of the Audit Committee. Mr. Perry then communicates such pre-approval to the full Audit Committee at its next meeting.


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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF
CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth information as of January 27, 2013 as to shares of our common stock beneficially owned by:

each director and nominee for director;

each of the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table;

all of our directors and executive officers as a group; and

all those known by us to be beneficial owners of more than five percent or more of our common stock.

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the SEC’s rules and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities as well as shares of common stock subject to options exercisable or restricted stock units that will vest within 60 days of January 27, 2013. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each of the individuals listed below is c/o NVIDIA Corporation, 2701 San Tomas Expressway, Santa Clara, California 95050.
 
Name of Beneficial Owner (1)
 
Shares Owned
 
Shares Issuable Within 60 Days
 
Total Shares Owned
 
Percent
Named Executive Officers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jen-Hsun Huang (2)
 
21,867,380

 
1,556,525

 
23,423,905

 
3.79%
Karen T. Burns
 
17,712

 
69,233

 
86,945

 
*
Ajay K. Puri
 
81,923

 
467,123

 
549,046

 
*
David M. Shannon (3)
 
130,587

 
504,461

 
635,048

 
*
Debora Shoquist
 
40,350

 
571,137

 
611,487

 
*
Directors, not including CEO:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert K. Burgess
 
8,140

 
36,874

 
45,014

 
*
Tench Coxe (4)
 
1,506,733

 
246,451

 
1,753,184

 
*
James C. Gaither (5)
 
158,634

 
246,451

 
405,085

 
*
Harvey C. Jones (6)
 
833,460

 
243,502

 
1,076,962

 
*
William J. Miller (7)
 
302,808

 
246,451

 
549,259

 
*
Mark L. Perry (8)
 
58,140

 
211,000

 
269,140

 
*
A. Brooke Seawell (9)
 
500,000

 
240,451

 
740,451

 
*
Mark A. Stevens (10)
 
2,049,936

 
52,726

 
2,102,662

 
*
All directors and executive officers as a group (13 persons) (11)
 
27,555,803

 
4,692,385

 
32,248,188

 
5.19%
5% Stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FMR LLC (12)
 
79,493,211

 

 
79,493,211

 
12.89%
Vanguard Group, Inc. (13)
 
37,668,172

 

 
37,668,172

 
6.11%
BlackRock, Inc. (14)
 
32,149,359

 

 
32,149,359

 
5.21%
__________
*    Represents less than 1 percent of the outstanding shares of our common stock.


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(1) 
This table is based upon information provided to us by our executive officers and directors. Information about principal stockholders, other than percentages of beneficial ownership, is based solely on Schedules 13G or 13G/A filed with the SEC. Unless otherwise indicated in the relevant footnote to this table and subject to community property laws where applicable, we believe that each of the stockholders named in the table has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares indicated as beneficially owned. Applicable percentages of beneficial ownerships are based on 616,756,134 shares of our common stock outstanding as of January 27, 2013, adjusted as required by SEC rules.

(2) 
Includes (i) 19,659,091 shares of common stock held by Jen-Hsun Huang and Lori Huang, as co-trustees of the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Living Trust, u/a/d May 1, 1995, or the Huang Trust; (ii) 1,237,239 shares of common stock held by J. and L. Huang Investments, L.P., of which the Huang Trust is the general partner; (iii) 584,000 shares of common stock held by The Huang 2012 Irrevocable Trust, of which Mr. Huang and Mr. Huang’s wife are co-trustees; (iv) 39,687 shares of common stock held by the Jen-Hsun Huang 2009 Annuity Trust, of which Mr. Huang is trustee; and (v) 39,687 shares of common stock held by the Lori Lynn Huang 2009 Annuity Trust, of which Mr. Huang’s wife is trustee. By virtue of their status as co-trustees of the Huang Trust and The Huang 2012 Irrevocable Trust, each of Jen-Hsun Huang and Lori Huang may be deemed to have shared beneficial ownership of the 19,659,091 shares held by the Huang Trust, the 1,237,239 shares held by J. and L. Huang Investments, L.P. and the 584,000 shares held by The Huang 2012 Irrevocable Trust, and to have shared power to vote or to direct the vote or to dispose of or direct the disposition of such securities.

(3) 
Includes 110,800 shares of common stock held by the Shannon Revocable Trust, of which Mr. Shannon and his wife are co-trustees and of which Mr. Shannon exercises shared voting and investment power.

(4) 
Represents (i) 171,312 shares of common stock held in a retirement trust over which Mr. Coxe exercises sole voting and investment power. Mr. Coxe disclaims beneficial ownership in these shares except as to his pecuniary interest in the shares, and (ii) 1,335,421 shares held in the Coxe Revocable Trust, or the Coxe Trust, of which Mr. Coxe and his wife are co-trustees and of which Mr. Coxe exercises shared voting and investment power. Mr. Coxe disclaims beneficial ownership in the shares held by the Coxe Trust, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.

(5) 
Represents shares held by the James C. Gaither Revocable Trust U/A/D 9/28/2000, of which Mr. Gaither is the trustee and of which Mr. Gaither exercises sole voting and investment power.

(6) 
Represents (i) 750,000 shares of common stock held in the H.C. Jones Living Trust, of which Mr. Jones is trustee and of which Mr. Jones exercises sole voting and investment power, (ii) 71,760 shares of common stock owned by ACK Family Partners, L.P., of which Mr. Jones is a general partner and of which Mr. Jones exercises shared voting and investment power, and (iii) (a) 3,900 shares of common stock owned by the Gregory C. Jones Trust, of which Mr. Jones is co-trustee and of which Mr. Jones exercises shared voting and investment power, (b) 3,900 shares of common stock owned by the Carolyn E. Jones Trust, of which Mr. Jones is a co-trustee and of which Mr. Jones exercises shared voting and investment power and (c) 3,900 shares of common stock owned by the Harvey C. Jones III Trust, of which Mr. Jones is a co-trustee and of which Mr. Jones exercises shared voting and investment power, collectively, the Jones Children Trusts. Mr. Jones disclaims beneficial ownership of the 71,760 shares of common stock held by ACK Family Partners, L.P., except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein. Mr. Jones disclaims beneficial ownership of the 11,700 shares of common stock held by the Jones Children Trusts, except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein.

(7) 
Represents shares held by the Millbor Family Trust, of which Mr. Miller and his wife are co-trustees and of which Mr. Miller exercises shared voting and investment power.

(8) 
Includes 50,000 shares held by The Perry & Pena Family Trust, of which Mr. Perry and his wife are co-trustees and of which Mr. Perry exercises shared voting and investment power.

(9) 
Represents shares held by the Rosemary & A. Brooke Seawell Revocable Trust U/A dated 1/20/2009, of which Mr. Seawell and his wife are co-trustees and of which Mr. Seawell exercises shared voting and investment power.

(10) 
Includes 2,045,866 shares held by the 3rd Millennium Trust, of which Mr. Stevens and his wife are co-trustees and of which Mr. Stevens exercises shared voting and investment power.

(11) 
Includes shares owned by all directors and executive officers listed in this beneficial ownership table.

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(12) 
This information is based solely on a Schedule 13G/A, dated February 13, 2013, filed with the SEC on February 14, 2013 by FMR LLC, or FMR, reporting its beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2012. The Schedule 13G/A reports that FMR has sole voting power with respect to 7,821,990 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 79,493,211 shares. FMR is located at 82 Devonshire Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02109.

(13) 
This information is based solely on a Schedule 13G/A, dated February 7, 2013, filed with the SEC on February 11, 2013 by The Vanguard Group, Inc., or Vanguard, reporting its beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2012. The Schedule 13G/A reports that Vanguard has sole voting power with respect to 1,070,065 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 36,634,507 shares. Vanguard is located at 100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355.

(14) 
This information is based solely on a Schedule 13G, dated February 4, 2013, filed with the SEC on January 30, 2013 by BlackRock, Inc., or BlackRock, reporting its beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2012. The Schedule 13G reports that BlackRock has sole voting power with respect to 32,149,359 shares and sole dispositive power with respect to 32,149,359 shares. BlackRock is located at 40 East 52nd Street, New York, New York 10022.


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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION


COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Introduction

This section explains our executive compensation program as it relates to the five “named executive officers” listed below whose fiscal year 2013 compensation information is presented in the tables following this discussion in accordance with SEC rules. We compensate our executive officers based on our fiscal year (which ends on the last Sunday of January of each calendar year). Our fiscal year 2013 ran from January 30, 2012 to January 27, 2013. In this section we refer to our named executive officers as our executive officers, our fiscal year 2013 as fiscal 2013, our fiscal year 2012 as fiscal 2012, and NVIDIA Corporation as NVIDIA or the Company.
 
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
President and Chief Executive Officer, or CEO
Karen Burns
 
Interim Chief Financial Officer, or Interim CFO
Ajay K. Puri
 
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
David M. Shannon
 
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Debora Shoquist
 
Executive Vice President, Operations


Executive Summary

Our compensation program is designed to attract, retain and motivate a talented, innovative and entrepreneurial team of executives. To do so, we believe that the majority of their compensation should be based on performance, both of the individual and of the business. In addition, our compensation programs are structured to recognize both short-term and long-term contributions to the Company.

Response to Fiscal 2012 Say-on-Pay Vote

We believe that it is important for our stockholders to have an annual opportunity to vote on our executive compensation, which we refer to as a say-on-pay vote, as a means to express their views regarding our compensation program and our decisions regarding executive compensation, as disclosed in our proxy statement. Our Board and our Compensation Committee value the opinions of our stockholders and, to the extent there is any significant vote against the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in our proxy statement, we consider our stockholders’ concerns and the Compensation Committee evaluates whether any actions are necessary to address those concerns. In addition to our annual say-on-pay vote, we are committed to ongoing engagement with our stockholders on executive compensation and corporate governance issues.

At our 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, over 96% of the votes cast on the say-on-pay proposal voted in support of the compensation paid to our named executive officers for fiscal 2012. While this vote was only advisory and not binding, the Compensation Committee carefully considered the results of the vote in the context of our overall compensation philosophy, as well as our compensation policies and decisions. Our Compensation Committee believes that the results of the 2012 say-on-pay vote represent a strong endorsement of our compensation philosophy and the decisions we made for fiscal 2012. After reflecting on this vote, our Compensation Committee decided that no changes to fiscal 2013 compensation decisions were necessary based on the results of the 2012 say-on-pay vote. Nevertheless, the Compensation Committee recognizes that executive compensation practices and trends continue to evolve. As a result, our Compensation Committee continues to refine our executive compensation practices in its efforts to ensure that our executive compensation program not only supports our business goals, but reflects sound corporate governance principles.

Important Features of our Compensation Program

Our compensation program is administered under a rigorous process which includes review of peer group practices, advice of an independent third-party compensation consultant (who reports directly to the Compensation Committee, not to the Company) and long-standing, consistently applied practices with respect to the timing of equity grants and the pricing of stock options.


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Other important features of our compensation program include:
We do not have employment contracts or severance agreements with any of our executive officers. All of our executive officers are “at will” employees of NVIDIA.
We do not offer change-in-control benefits to any of our executive officers, except for the change-in-control vesting acceleration provisions in our equity plans that are applicable to all holders of stock awards under such plans in the event that an acquiring company does not assume or substitute such outstanding stock awards.
We do not offer any of our executive officers any tax reimbursements or supplemental retirement benefits, and none of them receive any perquisites or change-in-control benefits that are not available to all NVIDIA employees.
We have stock ownership guidelines for our executive officers and directors. Each of our executive officers and directors has exceeded these guidelines. As shown above under Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management, as of January 27, 2013, based on the closing price of our common stock of $12.41 on the last trading day of fiscal 2013:
Our CEO has beneficial ownership of shares (including both shares owned at, and shares he had the right to acquire within 60 days of, January 27, 2013) of our common stock having a value in excess of 370 times his base salary; and
Each of our other executive officers has beneficial ownership of shares (including both shares owned at, and shares that such executive officers had the right to acquire within 60 days of, January 27, 2013) of our common stock having a value in excess of 14 times their respective base salaries (except Ms. Burns, who serves in an interim role and who has beneficial ownership of shares of our common stock having a value in excess of 2.5 times her base salary).
We enforce a “no-hedging” policy that prohibits our directors and executive officers from hedging the economic interest in the NVIDIA shares they hold.
Since 2009, we have maintained a “clawback” policy for the recovery of performance-based compensation in the event of a financial restatement that, with respect to our executive officers, does not require individual misconduct to be enforced.
We review the external marketplace and make internal comparisons among the executive officers when making compensation determinations. The Compensation Committee does not benchmark to specific levels, but rather reviews external marketplace data as one of many factors considered when establishing executive compensation.
We structure our executive compensation programs to minimize inappropriate risk-taking by our executives, including capping award levels under the annual variable cash compensation plan.
Our executive compensation is heavily weighted toward at-risk, performance-based compensation. In fiscal 2013, approximately 86% of our CEO’s target direct compensation and an average of 51% of our other executive officers’ target direct compensation was in the form of variable cash compensation and stock options that had an exercise price equal to 100% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant.


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Pay for Performance

As discussed above, the majority of our executive officers’ compensation is based on Company and individual performance. While we pay our executive officers an annual base salary that is fixed, as discussed below, the majority of their total direct compensation is in the form of variable cash and equity compensation.

Our variable cash compensation program links executive pay to Company and individual performance. As discussed further under the section Elements of Compensation-Variable Cash Compensation below, in fiscal 2013, we established a variable compensation program, or our Variable Plan, which provides that up to 50% of an executive officer’s target opportunity is earned based on our success at achieving a financial performance target and up to 50% of the target opportunity is earned based on how well an executive officer performs against his or her individual objectives (which we refer to as the Variable Cash Target). For fiscal 2013, the Committee selected operating income as the financial performance target under the Variable Plan because it is a key indicator of our overall financial performance. The Committee determined that management’s achievement of this metric should be based on non-GAAP operating income as reported externally in the Company’s earnings release materials, which reflects adjustments to operating income, including stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, other acquisition-related costs and a contribution expense. For fiscal 2013, the Committee set a non-GAAP operating income target of $742 million (with a threshold level of $538 million and a maximum level of $1,040 million), based on the forecasts developed by management at the beginning of fiscal 2013. The Company achieved non-GAAP operating income in fiscal 2013 of $841 million which resulted in funding the corporate financial award component between the target and maximum payout levels.
Our Compensation Committee believes that equity compensation is critical in aligning the long-term interests of our stockholders with those of our executive officers by creating a strong, direct link between executive compensation and stock price appreciation. As discussed further under the section Elements of Compensation-Equity Compensation below, equity compensation generally comprises more than 50% of the total target value of the annual compensation opportunity for each of our executive officers.

Despite our strong financial performance achievements during fiscal 2013, the total stockholder return of our common stock was negative for fiscal 2013. We continue to believe that executive compensation should be tied to financial performance metrics, such as non-GAAP operating income, that drive value and contribute to the long-term prosperity of the Company rather than stock price metrics that can unnecessarily encourage short-term risk and encourage relative volatility during arbitrary periods. The highlights of our performance for fiscal 2013 include:
Our revenue grew 7% in fiscal 2013 to a record $4.28 billion at a time when much of the PC industry contracted.
GPU revenue grew, up 2% overall even though we are winding down our chipset business.
Tegra revenue related to phones and tablets grew 50%, driven by wins for Tegra 3 in the tablet market. Building on this momentum, we introduced Tegra 4 near the year’s end and the following month unveiled Tegra 4i, our first chip to combine an application processor with an LTE modem.
Gross margins and cash hit record levels, even as we invested for future growth.
We returned nearly $150 million in cash to stockholders through implementation of our first ever dividend program and extension of our stock repurchase program.
We introduced our first fully integrated products - NVIDIA SHIELD and NVIDIA GRID. NVIDIA SHIELD is an Android-based gaming device powered by our Tegra 4 processor and NVIDIA GRID is a first-of-its-kind visual computing appliance built around the GPU.
Executive Compensation Philosophy and Overview

The primary goal for our executive compensation program is to attract, motivate and retain a talented, innovative and entrepreneurial team of executives to provide leadership for our success in a dynamic, competitive market. We seek to accomplish this goal in a way that is aligned with our business objectives, our performance and the long-term interests of our stockholders. We design our executive compensation program to position NVIDIA competitively among the companies against which we recruit and compete for talent. We also consider the financial obligations created by our executive compensation program, as well as the equity expense and the potential dilution of stockholder ownership.

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Consistent with recent years, the principal components of our executive compensation program for fiscal 2013 consisted of base salaries, variable cash compensation and equity compensation. The Compensation Committee does not use a strict weighting system among compensation elements for each executive officer, but instead considers the total compensation necessary to motivate and retain these individuals with a mix that places greater weight on performance-based components, including variable cash compensation and equity compensation. The Compensation Committee believes that a mix of both cash and equity incentives is appropriate, as cash incentives reward executives for near term results, while equity incentives motivate executives to increase and sustain stockholder value in the longer term. In determining the mix between cash and equity, the total cash compensation opportunity (base salary and variable cash compensation) was generally weighted less than the total equity compensation opportunity for our executive officers.

Determining Executive Compensation

Role of the Compensation Committee, Compensation Consultants, and Management

The Compensation Committee meets periodically on a regular schedule throughout the fiscal year to manage our compensation program. The Compensation Committee determines the principal components of compensation for our executive officers on an annual basis, typically at the beginning of the applicable fiscal year. The Compensation Committee then meets again mid-year in preparation for the equity grants that typically are made in September of each year, and has the opportunity to review and revise compensation decisions at that time.
In making its decisions, the Compensation Committee obtains advice from an independent executive compensation consultant engaged directly by the Compensation Committee. For fiscal 2013, the Compensation Committee engaged Exequity LLP to act as its independent compensation consultant. The Compensation Committee originally retained Exequity in 2010 after considering a number of other national compensation consulting firms. The Compensation Committee selected Exequity for its expertise in the graphics and mobile processing industry, the experience of the partner at Exequity with our compensation structure, and the availability of Exequity to attend Compensation Committee meetings. The Compensation Committee has analyzed whether the work of Exequity as a compensation consultant has raised any conflict of interest, taking into consideration the following factors:
the provision of other services to NVIDIA by Exequity;
the amount of fees paid to Exequity by NVIDIA as a percentage of Exequity’s total revenue;
Exequity’s policies and procedures that are designed to prevent conflicts of interest;
any business or personal relationship of Exequity or the individual compensation advisors employed by Exequity with an NVIDIA executive officer;
any business or personal relationship of the individual compensation advisors with any member of the Compensation Committee; and
any NVIDIA stock owned by Exequity or the individual compensation advisors employed by Exequity.
The Compensation Committee determined, based on its analysis of the above factors, that the work of Exequity and the individual compensation advisors employed by Exequity as compensation consultants to NVIDIA does not create any conflict of interest.
Exequity reports directly to the Compensation Committee, advising the Compensation Committee on all material matters relating to executive, equity and employee compensation. Exequity took its direction from the Compensation Committee Chairman and interacted with management (our CEO and legal and human resources departments) to obtain compensation data that management gathered for our peer groups of companies to assist the Compensation Committee with decisions in March 2012. The data that management gathered was from the Radford Global Technology Survey based on parameters established by the Compensation Committee, which were to provide data at the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles for each executive officer in each of our three peer groups described below under the section Peer Companies and Market Compensation Data.

Exequity provided the Compensation Committee with the following services in fiscal 2013:

reviewed and provided recommendations on the composition of peer groups;

analyzed the Radford survey data;

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conducted an independent analysis and review of the compensation arrangements for our CEO and provided recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding base salary, variable cash compensation and equity grant level for our CEO;

conducted a review of compensation for our Board, and provided recommendations to the Compensation Committee and the Board regarding Board pay structure;

updated the Compensation Committee on emerging trends/best practices in the area of executive and Board compensation;

reviewed and provided feedback on our compensation risk analysis; and

reviewed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis for inclusion in this proxy statement.
 
Exequity does not provide any services directly to NVIDIA. However, NVIDIA paid the cost of Exequity’s services on behalf of the Compensation Committee for fiscal 2013.
With respect to compensation for our CEO, at the beginning of the fiscal year, the Compensation Committee, working directly with Exequity and without the presence of our CEO, deliberates and makes decisions regarding the salary, variable incentive compensation level and equity-based compensation opportunity to be awarded to our CEO for the new fiscal year, as well as variable compensation payouts for the prior fiscal year. The Compensation Committee reviews and approves the written individual performance goals for our CEO at that time. The Compensation Committee evaluates the CEO’s performance at the end of the fiscal year taking into account a self-assessment prepared by the CEO and the Compensation Committee’s own evaluation of the results achieved by our CEO as compared to goals established at the beginning of the fiscal year, as discussed further under the section Elements of Compensation-Variable Cash Compensation below.
In setting compensation for our executive officers other than the CEO, the Compensation Committee solicits the input of our CEO, who recommends to the Compensation Committee the salary, target variable incentive compensation and equity-based compensation to be awarded to our executive officers for the new fiscal year. Our CEO also recommends, subject to the approval of the Compensation Committee, the individual performance goals for our executive officers under the variable incentive compensation plan (described below). The CEO evaluates the performance of the other executive officers at the end of the fiscal year and makes recommendations on variable compensation payouts for that fiscal year. The Compensation Committee gives considerable weight to our CEO’s evaluations because of his direct knowledge of each executive officer’s performance and contributions to the Company.
The Compensation Committee remains solely responsible for making the final decisions on compensation for our executive officers, including our CEO. No executive officer is present during discussions of his or her compensation package or participates directly in approving the amount of any component of his or her own compensation package.

Factors Used in Determining Executive Compensation

In any given year, when establishing the elements of executive compensation, the Compensation Committee may take into consideration one or more of the following factors:
 
the philosophy that the total compensation opportunity and the percentage of total compensation “at risk” should increase with the level of responsibility--for example, because the CEO has overall responsibility for our entire company, his total compensation opportunity is significantly greater, as is his percentage of performance-based compensation;
internal pay equity--that is, we assess an executive officer’s responsibilities, the scope of the executive officer’s position and the complexity of the department or function the executive officer manages, relative to the executive officer’s internal peers, and set compensation levels within a relatively narrow band for comparably situated executives;
the Company’s performance, operating budget and expected financial constraints;
the trends in compensation paid to similarly situated officers at our Executive Peers (as defined below);
the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles of compensation paid to similarly situated executive officers at our Executive Peers;

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an executive officer’s historical and anticipated performance;
the need to motivate executive officers to address particular business challenges that are unique to any given year;
the independent judgment of the members of our Compensation Committee;
our CEO’s recommendations, because of his direct knowledge of the results delivered and leadership demonstrated by each executive officer;
a review of an executive officer’s current total compensation; and
the total compensation cost and stockholder dilution resulting from executive compensation actions as we believe this helps us maintain a responsible cost structure for our compensation programs.

The relative weight, if any, given to each of the factors above varies with each individual executive officer and with respect to each element of compensation at the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee.

Peer Companies and Market Compensation Data

The Compensation Committee reviews market practices for compensating our desired talent pool, including data from our Peer Companies (as described below), for the three major components of our compensation program. When reviewing and analyzing the amount of each major component and the total compensation opportunity for our executive officers, the Compensation Committee reviews each component at the 25th, 50th and 75th percentile for our Executive Peers for guidance. However, the Compensation Committee does not set compensation components to meet specific benchmarks, such as targeting salaries “at the 50th percentile” or equity compensation “at the 75th percentile.” Rather, these levels were selected because the Compensation Committee reviews this peer data as a reference point in determining whether the total compensation opportunity is likely to provide sufficient motivation and retention as well as whether it properly reflects the executive officer’s role and scope of responsibilities relative to our Executive Peers. The Compensation Committee chose the actual amount of each element of compensation and the total compensation opportunity of each executive officer based in part on its review of Executive Peer data and in part on the factors discussed above under the section Factors Used in Determining Executive Compensation and below in respect of actual decisions for fiscal 2013.
In late fiscal 2012, Exequity and our human resources department recommended, and our Compensation Committee approved, three different groups of Peer Companies for fiscal 2013: Executive Peers, Large Peers and Semiconductor Peers. Executive Peers are companies that (i) we generally think we compete with for executive talent, (ii) have an established business, market presence, and complexity similar to us, and (iii) are of similar size to us as measured by revenue (at roughly 0.5-2.0x NVIDIA) and market capitalizations. Our Peer Companies for fiscal 2013 generally remained the same as they were for fiscal 2012, except that Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are no longer in our Executive Peer group because they were no longer considered of similar size. For Executive Peers, the median revenue and market capitalization was approximately $3.8 billion and $11.1 billion, respectively, which closely approximates our revenue for fiscal 2012 and market capitalization as of the end of fiscal 2012 of $3.9 billion and $9.1 billion, respectively. Large Peers consist of larger technology companies and is used as a comparison of product development and division management roles. Semiconductor Peers include the companies in the semiconductor industry within the Executive Peer group and include companies in the semiconductor industry against which we benchmark non-executive employee pay and are used as a secondary reference point for executive compensation. The Compensation Committee uses the Large Peers and Semiconductor Peers to monitor trends in compensation generally. The Compensation Committee views the Executive Peer data as more indicative of the level of compensation necessary to attract, retain and motivate executives.
For fiscal 2013, our Executive Peers (listed under the column titled “EX” below), Large Peers (listed under the column titled “LP” below) and Semiconductor Peers (listed under the column titled “SC” below) consisted of the companies listed below, or our Peer Companies.
                                                                                                                                                        

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Company Name
 
EX
 
LP
 
SC
 
Company Name
 
EX
 
LP
 
SC
Activision Blizzard, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Intel Corporation
 
 
 
X
 
 
Adobe Systems, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Intuit, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
X
 
Juniper Networks, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
KLA-Tencor Corporation
 
X
 
 
 
 
Altera Corporation
 
X
 
 
 
X
 
LSI Corporation
 
X
 
 
 
X
Amazon.Com, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Marvell Technology Group LTD
 
X
 
 
 
X
Analog Devices, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
X
 
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
X
Apple, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Micron Technology, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
X
Autodesk, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Microsoft Corporation
 
 
 
X
 
 
Broadcom Corporation
 
X
 
 
 
X
 
Motorola, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
Cisco Systems, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Network Appliance, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
Dell, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Oracle Corporation
 
 
 
X
 
 
eBay, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
QUALCOMM Incorporated
 
 
 
X
 
 
Electronic Arts, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
SanDisk Corporation
 
X
 
 
 
X
EMC Corporation
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Symantec Corporation
 
X
 
 
 
 
Google, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Texas Instruments, Inc.
 
 
 
X
 
X
Hewlett-Packard Company
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Xilinx, Inc.
 
X
 
 
 
X
International Business Machines Corporation
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For fiscal year 2014 which ends on January 26, 2014, our Executive Peers will consist of the companies listed under the column titled “EX” above, but with the following changes: (i) Maxim Integrated, Inc. was removed because we no longer consider Maxim to be of similar size or complexity and we generally do not compete with Maxim for executive talent; and (ii) Citrix Systems, Inc. was added because we consider Citrix to be of similar size and complexity and we believe we generally compete with Citrix for executive talent. For fiscal year 2014, our Large Peers will consist of the companies listed under the column titled “LP” above, but with the following changes: (i) Motorola, Inc. was removed because of the acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. by Google, Inc. and (ii) VMware, Inc., Facebook, Inc., Broadcom Corporation and NetApp, Inc. were added because we believe we generally compete with these companies for talent.
Elements of Compensation

As discussed below, the elements of our executive compensation program for our executive officers are comprised of three main components: annual base salary; short-term variable cash compensation; and long-term equity incentive compensation (granted in the form of stock options, restricted stock units, or a combination of both).
Base Salary

Base salary is the fixed portion of executive pay used to compensate executives for their expected day-to-day performance. The Compensation Committee generally establishes base salaries at the beginning of each year, with any adjustments to be effective on April 1 of such year. In reviewing the base salaries of our executive officers in March 2012, our Compensation Committee reviewed the market data for similarly situated executives at the 50th and 75th percentiles of our Executive Peers with the objective of maintaining, or increasing, as applicable, the total target cash compensation opportunity for our executive officers so that it is competitive with the total target cash compensation opportunities at our Executive Peers in order to retain our executive officers. In evaluating the cash compensation of our executive officers, the Compensation Committee also discussed the need to create a more stable cash compensation component of pay for our executive officers, consistent with our pay philosophy for all employees. To achieve this result, the Compensation Committee decided to change the allocation of total target cash compensation for fiscal 2013 so that an increased percentage of total target cash compensation was in the form of base salary. The Compensation Committee did not use a formula or assign a particular weight to any one factor in determining the fiscal 2013 base salaries for our executive officers. Rather, the Compensation Committee’s determination of the base salaries was subjective, based in part on the factors described above, and in part on internal pay equity, our compensation budget and historical salary levels. In setting the fiscal 2013

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base salaries for our executive officers (which became effective on April 1, 2012), the Compensation Committee specifically considered the following:

Mr. Huang: The Compensation Committee increased Mr. Huang’s base salary by 6.25%, in part because of Mr. Huang’s long history with NVIDIA as a founder and his responsibility for the operations and performance of the entire Company. As discussed above, the Compensation Committee reviewed the peer data as a reference point in determining whether Mr. Huang’s salary is reasonable given his years of experience successfully leading the Company, his role and scope of responsibilities relative to our peers and companies with whom we compete for talent and his total direct target compensation which emphasizes performance-based pay. The Compensation Committee also took into consideration the shift in pay mix discussed above.
Ms. Burns: The Compensation Committee increased Ms. Burns’s base salary by 16.67% to recognize her significant contributions to the Company since assuming the role of Interim CFO in March 2011, the fact that she has served as Interim CFO for a longer period than initially expected and because of her increased level of responsibility and the size and complexity of her role. With respect to Ms. Burns, the Compensation Committee reviewed the Executive Peer data for vice presidents of finance and chief financial officers, since her current role with the Company is reflective of both of these positions. Because Ms. Burns has not been eligible to participate in the Company’s variable cash compensation plan, or the Variable Plan, base salary comprises a larger percentage of her total cash compensation opportunity. Her base salary was higher relative to vice presidents of finance at our Executive Peers, but lower relative to chief financial officers at our Executive Peers.
Mr. Puri: The Compensation Committee increased Mr. Puri’s base salary by 15%, in part to reflect our decision to create a more stable cash compensation component of pay for our executive officers and in part to recognize his contributions in fiscal 2012.
Mr. Shannon: The Compensation Committee increased Mr. Shannon’s base salary by 15%, in part to reflect our decision to create a more stable cash compensation component of pay for our executive officers and in part to recognize his contributions in fiscal 2012.
Ms. Shoquist: The Compensation Committee increased Ms. Shoquist’s base salary by 20%, in part to reflect our decision to create a more stable cash compensation component of pay for our executive officers and in part to recognize her contributions in fiscal 2012.
 
 
Salary Before Annual Review ($)
 
Fiscal 2013 Salary after Annual Review ($)
 
% Change
 
Market Position of Base Salary
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
750,000
 
800,000
 
6.25
 
25th
Karen Burns (1)
 
375,000
 
450,000
 
16.67
 
90th
Ajay K. Puri
 
425,000
 
500,000
 
15.00
 
50th-75th
David M. Shannon
 
425,000
 
500,000
 
15.00
 
90th
Debora Shoquist
 
400,000
 
500,000
 
20.00
 
90th
__________
(1)
As explained above, Ms. Burns was not eligible to participate in our Variable Plan for fiscal 2013 and, as a result, had a higher base salary. Her base salary was at approximately the 90th percentile of vice presidents of finance at our Executive Peers but approximately the 25th percentile of chief financial officers at our Executive Peers. Her total cash opportunity was between the 75th and 90th percentile of vice presidents of finance at our Executive Peers and below the 10th percentile for chief financial officers at our Executive Peers.
Variable Cash Compensation

Variable cash compensation, administered under our Variable Plan, is designed to align executive compensation with the executive officer’s individual performance and our annual corporate financial performance. Members of our executive staff, which for fiscal 2013 includes our executive officers other than Ms. Burns, are eligible to participate in the Variable Plan. The Variable Plan provides that up to 50% of the executive officer’s total target opportunity, which we call the Corporate Target Amount, is earned based on our success at achieving a corporate financial performance target, which earned amount we call the Corporate Component. Up to 50% of the executive officer’s total target opportunity, which we call the Individual Target Amount, is earned based on how well the executive officer performs against his or her individual objectives, which earned amount we call the Individual Component.

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The total target opportunity (that is, the Corporate Target Amount plus the Individual Target Amount), or Variable Cash Target, is equal to a specified percentage of the executive officer’s base salary. At the beginning of each fiscal year, our Compensation Committee generally establishes the Variable Cash Target for each executive officer eligible to participate in the Variable Plan. In March 2012, the Compensation Committee reviewed the Variable Cash Target for each executive officer for the prior year, and established the Variable Cash Targets reflected in the table below. In determining the Variable Cash Target, the Compensation Committee reviewed the total target cash opportunity (base salary plus variable cash compensation) for similarly situated executives at the 50th and 75th percentiles of our Executive Peers. The Compensation Committee took into account that the performance goal for our fiscal 2013 Variable Plan was set at a target level generally deserving of compensation that would be at the 50th percentile for our Executive Peers. However, the Compensation Committee did not benchmark to a specific level, and also considered internal pay equity, the desire to increase the base salary component as compared to variable cash as a percentage of the total target cash opportunity for that executive officer and our compensation budget for fiscal 2013.
In March 2012, after considering peer data as a reference point, the Compensation Committee reviewed each executive officer’s total cash compensation opportunity and made the following decisions, in part to reflect the shift in pay mix for executive officers (as discussed under Base Salary above). For fiscal 2013, as discussed above, the Compensation Committee increased Mr. Huang’s base salary to $800,000, which placed him at approximately the 25th percentile of chief executive officers at our Executive Peers, but maintained his Variable Cash Target of $1,250,000, which positioned his total target cash opportunity at approximately the 50th percentile compared to other chief executive officers at our Executive Peers. The Compensation Committee also decreased the Variable Cash Targets for Mr. Shannon and Ms. Shoquist to $350,000 and $200,000, respectively, for fiscal 2013, to reflect the Compensation Committee’s decision that base salaries should be an increased percentage of total target cash compensation for our executive officers. The Compensation Committee increased the Variable Cash Target for Mr. Puri by $15,000 to $500,000 for fiscal 2013 to reflect his increased responsibilities and level of contribution to the Company.

Executive Officer
 
Variable Cash Target ($)
 
% of Salary
 
Market Position of Dollar Value of Variable Cash Target
 
Market Position of Total Cash Opportunity (Salary + Variable Cash Target)
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
1,250,000
 
156
 
75th
 
50th
Karen Burns(1)
 
 
 
 
75th-90th
Ajay K. Puri
 
500,000
 
100
 
50th
 
50th-75th
David M. Shannon
 
350,000
 
70
 
50th-75th
 
75th-90th
Debora Shoquist
 
200,000
 
40
 
50th
 
50th-75th
__________
(1)
Ms. Burns, as Interim CFO, was not eligible to participate in the Variable Plan but she received a discretionary cash award for fiscal 2013 performance as explained below.

With respect to the Corporate Component, for fiscal 2013, 100% of the Corporate Target Amount was dependent upon achievement of a non-GAAP operating income goal. The Compensation Committee chose non-GAAP operating income because it is a key indicator of our overall financial performance that is routinely communicated to stockholders along with our GAAP results.

Under the fiscal 2013 Variable Plan, no amount of the Corporate Component or the Individual Component would be earned unless the Company exceeded the threshold level of performance of $538 million. The maximum payout on the Corporate Component was limited to two times the amount of our executive officers’ Corporate Target Amount. The Variable Plan provides that payouts are interpolated on a straight line basis for achievement between the threshold, target and maximum if our non-GAAP operating income results fall between these stated points.

 
 
Non-GAAP Operating Income ($)
 
Payout of Pro-Rated Corporate Target Amount
Threshold Goal
 
538 million
 
0%
Target Goal
 
742 million
 
100%
Maximum Goal
 
1,044 million
 
200%



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After the close of fiscal 2013, the Compensation Committee determined that the Company achieved non-GAAP operating income as reported externally in the Company’s earnings release materials (which excluded stock-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, other acquisition-related costs and a contribution expense) in fiscal 2013 of $841 million, which was 132.78% of the Corporate Target Amount.

With respect to the Individual Component, for fiscal 2013, 75% of the Individual Target Amount was weighted toward specified individual strategic objectives and 25% of the Individual Target Amount was weighted towards overall leadership demonstrated at NVIDIA. For fiscal 2013, we capped the Individual Component at one times the amount of our executive officers’ Individual Target Amount. The individual strategic objectives generally included results to be achieved in the executive officer’s function or area, such as revenue growth, gross margin improvement, quality of products delivered and reducing waste. Leadership objectives included hiring exceptional talent, building a strong organization, improving core processes and supporting global expansion. The Compensation Committee did not use a formula or assign a particular weight to any individual strategic goal in determining the award for our executive officers. Rather, the Compensation Committee’s determination of the Individual Component was subjective and taken with regard to the totality of the executive’s achievements.
The Compensation Committee evaluated the performance of each executive officer (other than Ms. Burns, who was not eligible to participate in the Variable Plan) to determine the Individual Component payout in March 2013 as follows:
Mr. Huang: The Compensation Committee determined that Mr. Huang achieved the following individual performance goals in fiscal 2013: led the Company in the achievement of record revenues and gross margins, identified new growth drivers for our business model and announced two new businesses (GRID and SHIELD). As a result of these achievements, the Compensation Committee approved an Individual Component payout to Mr. Huang of 100% of his Individual Target Amount.
Mr. Puri: The Compensation Committee determined that Mr. Puri achieved the following performance goals in fiscal 2013: assisted the Company in achieving record revenues and gross margins, assisted the Company in gaining market share in key businesses to offset the decline in the PC industry, achieved key design wins and improved the sales organization and processes. As a result of these achievements, the Compensation Committee approved an Individual Component payout to Mr. Puri of 100% of his Individual Target Amount.
Mr. Shannon: The Compensation Committee determined that Mr. Shannon achieved the following performance goals in fiscal 2013: successfully led the legal team on litigation, including several patent disputes, developed legal infrastructure for new key businesses, led the legal team in streamlining the patent process which led to record number of original patent applications, took over leadership of the human resources function and took steps to reduce legal expenses. As a result of these achievements, the Compensation Committee approved an Individual Component payout to Mr. Shannon of 100% of his Individual Target Amount.
Ms. Shoquist: The Compensation Committee determined that Ms. Shoquist achieved the following performance goals in fiscal 2013: implemented key cost reduction strategies that contributed to the Company’s record gross margins, expanded or established new processes to drive efficiencies and savings, improved product reliability and reduce delivery time and improved staffing in operations function. As a result of these achievements, the Compensation Committee approved an Individual Component payout to Ms. Shoquist of 100% of her Individual Target Amount.
As a result, the executive officers (other than Ms. Burns) received a total payout under the Variable Plan of 116% of their Variable Cash Target. The payouts under the Variable Plan were as follows:
Executive Officer
 
Corporate Component Payout ($)
 
Individual Component Payout ($)
 
Total Variable Compensation Payout ($)
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
829,875
 
625,000
 
1,454,875
Karen Burns(1)
 
 
 
Ajay K. Puri
 
331,954
 
250,000
 
581,954
David M. Shannon
 
232,369
 
175,000
 
407,368
Debora Shoquist
 
132,781
 
100,000
 
232,781
__________
(1) Ms. Burns, as Interim CFO, was not eligible to participate in the Variable Plan in fiscal 2013 but she did receive variable cash compensation outside of the Variable Plan for performance during fiscal 2013 as further explained below.

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Ms. Burns was awarded variable cash compensation outside of the Variable Plan in the amount of $100,000 for leading the finance team in a series of performance achievements in fiscal 2013, including achieving record revenues and gross margins, serving as Interim CFO for a longer period than initially expected and because of her increased level of responsibility and the size and complexity of her role. Including her base salary and variable cash compensation for fiscal 2013, Ms. Burns’ total cash opportunity was still between the 75th and 90th percentiles relative to vice presidents of finance at our Executive Peers, but below the 10th percentile for chief financial officers at our Executive Peers. The Compensation Committee decided that Ms. Burns will be eligible to participate in the Variable Plan during fiscal 2014 because she was added as a member of our executive staff.

Equity Compensation

The Compensation Committee believes that equity compensation is a critical element of our total compensation package, and for that reason, equity compensation generally comprises more than 50% of the total target value of the annual compensation opportunity for each of our executive officers. The Compensation Committee believes that equity compensation is critical in aligning the long-term interests of stockholders and employees by creating a strong, direct link between employee compensation and stock price appreciation. The Compensation Committee also believes that if our executive officers own shares of our common stock with values that are significant to them, they will have an incentive to act to maximize longer-term stockholder value instead of short-term gain. Further, the Compensation Committee believes that equity compensation is an integral component of our efforts to attract and retain exceptional executives, senior management and employees.
In recent years, we have granted a mix of stock options and restricted stock units, or RSUs, to our executive officers. Each stock option vests based on continued service over a specified period, most recently over a four-year period, with the first installment vesting after one year. Once stock options vest, executive officers have the opportunity to acquire shares of our common stock at a fixed exercise price per share (the closing price of our common stock on the grant date) over a specified period of time. Stock options provide a return to our executive officers only if the market price of our common stock appreciates over the stock option term and only if the executive officer remains with NVIDIA through each applicable vesting date.
Each RSU grant is subject to service-based vesting requirements and, upon vesting, provides the executive officer with the opportunity to acquire shares of our common stock. RSUs vest over a four-year period, subject to the executive officer’s continued service on each applicable vesting date. The value of each RSU increases or decreases with our stock price (which, in recent years, has been highly volatile). The Compensation Committee realizes that RSUs provide some level of certain return as executive officers do not pay a per share exercise price on the award, but believes granting RSUs subject to service-based vesting requirements is necessary for retention purposes, especially since the majority of our Peer Companies award RSUs to their executive officers. Finally, the Compensation Committee uses RSUs as a tool to manage the dilutive effect of our compensation program, as we generally award fewer RSUs than we would stock options in order to achieve the desired grant value of the equity award, since the grant date value of one share of stock subject to an RSU, using customary valuation principles, is greater than the value of one share of stock subject to a stock option.
For fiscal 2013, the Compensation Committee determined the aggregate size of the annual equity award for each executive officer taking into account the desire to create a meaningful opportunity for stock ownership, the need for internal pay equity, dilution management as determined by reference to our equity budget for the year for the entire Company, the effect of the award size on the total target compensation opportunity for the year and whether the award size is likely to achieve our performance and retention goals. As noted above under Factors Used in Determining Executive Compensation, no one single factor was determinative and there was no formula or specific weighting to equity compensation that was used.
For fiscal 2013, once the desired target aggregate value of equity compensation for each executive officer was determined (using a projected hypothetical stock price value that was higher than the fair market value on the ultimate date of grant), for executive officers other than Mr. Huang, the Compensation Committee divided the value in half--allocating 50% of such value to the grant in the first half of the fiscal year and 50% of such value to the grant in the second half of the fiscal year. In determining the allocation between stock options and RSUs, for fiscal 2013, the Compensation Committee allocated approximately half of the aggregate value to RSUs and half of the aggregate value to stock options. In general, the Compensation Committee allocated annual equity grants in this manner because of its desire to motivate long-term value creation through the need for sustained increases in our stock price for stock options to have meaningful value and to promote retention through limiting the risk associated with our stock price volatility by granting RSUs. For fiscal 2014, the Compensation Committee has decided to allocate approximately 60% of the aggregate equity award value to RSUs and approximately 40% of the aggregate value to stock options to further promote retention and to responsibly manage the potential dilution of stockholder ownership.

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With respect to Mr. Huang, due to his history with NVIDIA as a founder, his accumulated stock holdings, and his deep ties to the Company, the Compensation Committee did not have the same retention concerns as it did for other executive officers. In addition, given his responsibility for the operations and performance of the entire Company, the Compensation Committee determined that the compensation he receives from equity grants should be based solely on stock price appreciation to reinforce his focus on long-term stockholder value creation. Accordingly, as in fiscal 2012, 100% of Mr. Huang’s annual equity grant for fiscal 2013 consisted entirely of stock options. For fiscal 2014, the Compensation Committee has decided to grant Mr. Huang a mix of performance-based RSUs and stock options to reflect changing market trends for peer CEOs, adopt performance-contingent vesting provisions for at least half of the target equity grant value and manage the dilutive impact to stockholders.
For fiscal 2013, in determining the number of shares needed to achieve the appropriate mix of stock options and RSUs, the Compensation Committee used a ratio of approximately three stock option shares to one RSU share, as this was determined to approximate the relative grant date fair values of the awards (using a Black-Scholes model). The Compensation Committee determined the number of RSUs by using a hypothetical projected fair market value (for the future grant date) for our common stock, and then multiplied the resulting number of shares by three to determine the number of shares subject to the stock option grant. We note that because the fair market value on the date of grant was lower than the projected hypothetical value used to determine the aggregate target award value at the time the Compensation Committee made its decisions, the actual grant date value is not evenly split between stock options and RSUs and is lower, in the aggregate, than the value that was originally targeted by our Compensation Committee. Even though the fair market value was lower than anticipated on the grant date, we did not increase the number of shares of common stock subject to the awards in order to reach the originally determined target value.
In determining the grants to be made to executive officers in fiscal 2014, as in fiscal 2013, the Compensation Committee determined the target aggregate value of equity compensation based on the same factors described above with respect to fiscal 2013 grants. After reviewing this data, the Compensation Committee then determined the number of shares needed to achieve the appropriate allocation between stock options and RSUs to deliver to our executive officers. For fiscal 2014, the Compensation Committee will use a ratio of approximately five stock options to three RSU shares (rather than the ratio of three stock options to one RSU share that was used for fiscal 2013) when determining the number of shares needed to achieve the appropriate mix of stock options and RSUs, as this was determined to approximate the relative grant date fair values of the awards (using a Black-Scholes model). The ratio of stock options to RSUs changed from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2014 due to the fact that, at the time the ratio of five stock options to three RSU shares was determined for fiscal 2014, (1) the price of our common stock was lower than in fiscal 2013, (2) our common stock was less volatile than in fiscal 2013, and (3) commencing in fiscal 2013, we began issuing a dividend on our common stock.

The Compensation Committee made its equity grants for the first half of fiscal 2013 in March 2012. In August 2012, the Compensation Committee reviewed the grant sizes for the second half of the year that had been established at the start of fiscal 2013 and decided no changes were necessary.  
 
 
Stock Options
 
Restricted Stock Units
 
Actual
Aggregate
Grant Date
Fair Value ($)
 
Market
Positioning
of Equity
Awards
                          Name
 
March
2012
 
September
2012
 
Total
 
March
2012
 
September
2012
 
Total
 
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
300,000
 
300,000
 
600,000
 
 
 
 
3,303,000
 
25th-50th
Karen Burns(1)
 
15,000
 
15,000
 
30,000
 
5,000
 
5,000
 
10,000
 
306,000
 
50th-75th
Ajay K. Puri(2)
 
60,000
 
60,000
 
120,000
 
12,500
 
12,500
 
25,000
 
1,012,725
 
below 25th
David M. Shannon
 
50,000
 
50,000
 
100,000
 
12,500
 
12,500
 
25,000
 
902,625
 
50th
Debora Shoquist
 
40,000
 
40,000
 
80,000
 
12,500
 
12,500
 
25,000
 
792,525
 
50th
__________
(1) 
Ms. Burns’s equity grants were between the 50th and 75th percentiles for vice presidents of finance at our Executive Peers, but below the 10th percentile for chief financial officers at our Executive Peers.
(2) 
Mr. Puri’s equity grants were below the 25th percentile of equity grants for executive vice presidents of worldwide sales at our Executive Peers because only a limited number of our Executive Peers provide peer data for positions comparable to Mr. Puri’s. As a result, there was a very narrow range of values between the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles. After considering the peer data as well as reviewing internal pay equity (including the desire to ensure that Mr. Puri’s total compensation opportunity remains comparable to that of our executive officers other than the CEO), the Compensation Committee determined that the value of Mr. Puri’s equity grants was appropriate.

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Other Benefits
Health, Welfare, Retirement and ESPP Benefits.  In order to attract and retain qualified executive officers and other employees, we must offer a competitive package of health, welfare and retirement programs. We maintain medical, vision, dental and accidental death and disability insurance as well as professional time off and paid holidays for all of our employees. Our executive officers are eligible to participate in these programs along with and on the same basis as our other employees. Like all of our full-time employees, our executive officers are eligible to participate in our Employee Stock Purchase Plan and our 401(k) plan. Effective January 1, 2013, we implemented a company match under our 401(k) plan. We will match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, each participant’s salary deferral contributions to the 401(k) plan, up to a maximum of $1,500, provided the participant is an employee on December 31 of that calendar year.
No Perquisites.  Our executive officers do not receive any perquisites or personal benefits that are not available to all NVIDIA employees on the same terms and conditions.
Severance and Change-in-Control Agreements.  We generally do not have severance or change-in-control agreements with any of our employees, including our executive officers, though such agreements are offered by many of our Executive Peers. We want to encourage executive officers to focus on growing and building value for our stockholders, a focus that we believe is best accomplished through the use of at-risk compensation elements such as variable cash compensation and long-term equity grants, rather than severance protections.
In addition, we believe our executive officers should generally be treated in the same way as our employees. Consistent with this philosophy, they are eligible for certain accelerated equity vesting provisions under our equity incentive plans on the same terms and conditions as our other employees. As described in greater detail below under the heading Employment, Severance and Change-in-Control Arrangements, the vesting of all of the stock options or RSUs held by our employees, including our executive officers, would be accelerated if they were not assumed or substituted by an acquiring company in a change-in-control transaction. The Compensation Committee included this provision in our equity incentive plan to motivate all of our employees, including our executive officers, to act in the best interests of our stockholders by removing the distraction of post-change-in-control uncertainties faced by employees with regard to their equity compensation. We believe that this provision in our equity incentive plan provides sufficient protection to allow our employees to focus on the success of a potential business combination, rather than worrying about how business decisions that may be in the best interest of NVIDIA will impact their own financial security. That is, we believe this provision will help ensure stability among our employee ranks, and will help enable our employees to maintain a balanced perspective in making overall business decisions during periods of uncertainty.
Additional Executive Compensation Practices, Policies and Procedures
Compensation Recovery Policy

In April 2009, our Board adopted a Compensation Recovery Policy which covers all of our employees. Under this policy, if we are required to prepare an accounting restatement to correct an accounting error on an interim or annual financial statement included in a report on Form 10-Q or Form 10-K due to material noncompliance with any financial reporting requirement under the federal securities laws, or a Restatement, and if the Board or a committee of independent directors concludes that our CEO, CFO or any other officer or employee received a variable compensation payment that would not have been payable if the original interim or annual financial statements reflected the Restatement, then under the Compensation Recovery Policy:
Our CEO or CFO will be required to disgorge to us the net after-tax amount of that portion of the variable compensation payment that would not have been payable if the original interim or annual financial statements reflected the Restatement; and

The Board or the committee of independent directors may require any other officer or employee to repay to us all (or a portion of) the variable compensation payment that would not have been payable if the original interim or annual financial statements reflected the Restatement, as determined by the Board or such committee in its sole discretion. In using its discretion, the Board or the independent committee may consider whether such person was involved in the preparation of our financial statements or otherwise caused the need for the Restatement and may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, recoup amounts by (1) requiring partial or full repayment by such person of any variable or incentive compensation or any gains realized on the exercise of stock options or on the open-market sale of vested shares, (2) cancelling (in full or in part) any outstanding equity awards held by such person and/or (3) adjusting the future compensation of such person.


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We will review and update the Compensation Recovery Policy as necessary for compliance with the clawback policy provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act when the final regulations related to that policy are issued.
Stock Ownership Guidelines

Our Corporate Governance Policies require each executive officer to hold at least 25,000 shares of our common stock during the period in which he or she serves as an executive officer, unless our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee waives the requirement. The 25,000 shares may include vested but unexercised stock options and vested but unissued RSUs. Executive officers have 18 months from the date that they become executive officers to reach the ownership threshold. Each of our executive officers currently exceeds the stock ownership requirement. As shown above under Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management, as of January 27, 2013 based on the closing price of our common stock of $12.41 on the last trading day of fiscal 2013:

Our CEO had beneficial ownership of shares (including both shares owned at, and shares he had the right to acquire within 60 days of, January 27, 2013) of our common stock having a value in excess of 370 times his base salary;
Each of our other executive officers (other than Ms. Burns) had beneficial ownership of shares (including both shares owned at, and shares that such executive officers had the right to acquire within 60 days of January 27, 2013) of our common stock having a value in excess of 14 times their respective base salaries; and
Ms. Burns had beneficial ownership of shares (including both shares owned at, and shares that she had the right to acquire within 60 days of January 27, 2013) of our common stock having a value in excess of 2.5 times her base salary).
Hedging Policy
Since our initial public offering in 1999, our policies have prohibited our employees, including our executive officers, from engaging in transactions to “hedge” ownership of our stock, including short sales or trading in any derivatives involving our securities. We believe this policy is consistent with good corporate governance and with our pay-for-performance compensation model.
Managing the Use of Equity
While equity is an important component of overall compensation, we carefully monitor the number of equity-based awards granted to employees. We strive to balance compensation to employees against equity expense and the potential dilution of stockholder ownership by establishing a budget for the annual number of equity-based awards available for employee grants and a dilution budget. For fiscal 2013, the Compensation Committee established a total dilution budget of 4% to 4.5% of our outstanding shares of common stock for all employees and new hire grants, other than those related to merger and acquisition activity. Our actual dilution rate for fiscal 2013 was 3.8%. For purposes of our annual dilution rate calculations, each RSU is counted as more than one share (as set forth below) with the exact multiple ranging in any given year from 1.5 to four shares based on our stock price volatility. In fiscal 2013, based on our historical common stock volatility at the time the dilution budget was established, each RSU was counted as two shares. To calculate the actual dilution for fiscal 2013, we calculated the sum of each stock option granted as one unit and each RSU granted as two units and divided the sum of these by the number of shares of common stock outstanding on the last day of our fiscal year (January 27, 2013). We expect our dilution rate to vary in future periods as our business and competitive environment change, as our hiring needs change, and in response to any accounting or regulatory developments.
Equity Granting Policies

In fiscal year 2007, the Compensation Committee adopted specific policies regarding the grant dates of equity applicable to all employees. As part of its overall compensation review, the Compensation Committee annually reviews these policies and makes adjustments. Our grant policies are currently as follows:
New Hire Grants.  The grant date for new employees is the sixth (6th) business day of the month following the new employee’s start date. New hire grants to executive officers are made as part of our monthly process that includes grants to all recently hired employees. The exercise price of all new hire grants is equal to the closing price of our common stock on the grant date.
Semi-Annual Grants.  The Compensation Committee makes grants semi-annually to our executive officers on the third (3rd) Wednesday of March and the third (3rd) Wednesday of September, consistent with our policy for other employees (unless such a date falls during a blackout period under our insider trading policy, in which case, semi-annual grants will be made on the day on which the blackout period ends). During the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Compensation

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Committee approves a target equity grant for each eligible executive for the fiscal year, which is divided as follows: (a) 50% of the target grant is granted in March and (b) the remaining 50% is budgeted to be granted in September. The exercise price of these semi-annual stock option grants is the closing price of our common stock on the grant date.
Other Grants.  All other grants to existing executive officers and employees throughout the year, which we call off-cycle grants, will have a grant date of the sixth (6th) business day of the month subsequent to the date of the event leading to the grant, provided that the grant is approved on or prior to such grant date. No off-cycle grants may be granted to our executive officers during blackout periods under our insider trading policy. Instead, they will be made as part of the next monthly grant cycle when the trading window is open. Also, the Compensation Committee must approve any off cycle grants to executive officers. No off-cycle grants were made to our executive officers during fiscal 2013.
We do not grant stock options upon the exercise of an option using shares already in the holder’s possession (i.e. reload options), make loans to employees to exercise their stock options or, for any other reason, grant stock options at a discount (other than in connection with assuming or replacing existing target company awards as part of mergers and acquisitions in accordance with applicable tax laws and NASDAQ listing requirements), or allow semi-annual or off-cycle grants to be made to our executive officers when our stock trading window is closed.
Tax and Accounting Implications

Section 162(m) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Internal Revenue Code, limits the amount that we may deduct from our federal income taxes for remuneration paid to our CEO and three most highly compensated executive officers (other than our CFO) to $1 million per person covered per year, unless certain requirements are met. Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code provides an exception from this deduction limitation for certain forms of “performance-based compensation,” including the gain recognized by an executive officer upon the exercise of qualifying compensatory stock options. While the Compensation Committee is mindful of the benefit to NVIDIA’s performance of full deductibility of compensation, the Compensation Committee believes that it should not be constrained by the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code where those requirements would impair flexibility in compensating our executive officers in a manner that can best promote our corporate objectives. Therefore, the Compensation Committee has not adopted a policy that requires that all compensation be deductible and approval of compensation, including the grant of stock options or other “performance-based compensation” to our executive officers, by the Compensation Committee is not a guarantee of deductibility under the Internal Revenue Code. The Compensation Committee intends to continue to compensate our executive officers in a manner consistent with the best interests of NVIDIA and our stockholders.
Stock-based compensation cost is measured at grant date, based on the fair value of the grants, and is recognized as an expense over the requisite employee service period. For accounting purposes, we use a binomial option pricing model to estimate the fair value of each stock option grant and the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant, minus a dividend yield discount, as the fair value of RSUs.


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RISK ANALYSIS OF OUR COMPENSATION PLANS

With the oversight of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, the Company’s head of human resources, its senior corporate counsel and members of the finance department, collectively Management, and Exequity, the independent consultant engaged by the Compensation Committee, performed an assessment of the Company’s compensation programs and policies for fiscal 2013 as generally applicable to our employees to ascertain any potential material risks that may be created by our compensation programs. The assessment focused on programs with variability of payout and the ability of participants to directly affect payout and the controls over participant action and payout. Specifically, Management and Exequity reviewed the Company’s variable cash compensation and equity compensation programs. Management and Exequity identified the key terms of these programs, potential concerns regarding risk taking behavior and specific risk mitigation features. Management’s assessment was first presented to and discussed with members of the Company’s executive staff, including our general counsel, and our interim CFO. The assessment was then presented to and discussed with the Compensation Committee.
The Compensation Committee considered the findings of the assessment described above and concluded that our compensation programs, which are structured to recognize both short-term and long-term contributions to the Company, do not create risks which are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition.
The Compensation Committee believes that the following compensation design features guard against excessive risk-taking:

our compensation program encourages our executives to remain focused on both our short-term and long-term goals. For example, while our variable cash compensation plans measured performance on an annual basis in fiscal 2013, our equity awards vest in installments over four years, with the first installment not vesting until the first anniversary of the grant date, which we believe encourages our employees to focus on the long-term performance of NVIDIA. Annual variable pay is not awarded below the executive level;

we design our variable cash compensation programs for executives so that payouts are based on achievement of both individual and corporate performance targets. With respect to the corporate target, we use operating income as a financial metric, which the Compensation Committee believes is a financial metric that drives long-term stockholder value, and we cap the potential award payout;

we have internal controls over our financial accounting and reporting, including operating income, which is used to measure and determine the eligible compensation award under our plan;

financial plan target goals and final awards under the Variable Plan are approved by the Compensation Committee;

we have a compensation recovery policy applicable to all employees that allows NVIDIA to recover compensation paid in situations of fraud or material financial misconduct;

we have stock ownership guidelines that we believe are reasonable and are designed to align our executive officers’ interests with those of our stockholders; and

we prohibit all hedging transactions involving our common stock which prevents our employees from insulating themselves from the effects of NVIDIA stock price performance.


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SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE FOR FISCAL YEARS 2013, 2012 AND 2011
The following table summarizes information regarding the compensation earned by our chief executive officer, our interim chief financial officer and our other three executive officers during fiscal years 2013, 2012 and 2011. We refer to these individuals as our named executive officers.
Name and Principal
Position
 
Fiscal
Year
 
Salary
($)
 
Bonus
($)
Stock
Awards
($) (1) (2)
 
Option
Awards
($) (2)
 
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($) (3)
 
All Other
Compensation
($)
 
Total
($)
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
2013
 
784,213

 


 
3,303,000

 
1,454,875

 
2,106

(4) 
 
5,544,194

Chief Executive Officer and President
 
2012
 
746,539

 


 
4,150,000

 
1,743,777

 
2,106

(4) 
 
6,642,422

 
2011
 
598,442

 


 
3,255,000

 
1,425,000

 
3,043

(5) 
 
5,281,485

Karen T. Burns (6)
 
2013
 
433,123

 
100,000 (7)

140,850

 
165,150

 

 
2,394

(8) 
 
841,517

Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer
 
2012
 
333,085

 

197,290

 
273,180

 

 
1,432

(9) 
 
804,987

 
2011
 

 


 

 

 

 
 

Ajay K. Puri
 
2013
 
482,426

 

352,125

 
660,600

 
581,954

 
12,974

(10) 
 
2,090,080

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales
 
2012
 
423,366

 

400,000

 
723,350

 
583,456

 
13,122

(11) 
 
2,143,294

 
2011
 
347,111

 

380,875

 
541,913

 
289,334

 
12,898

(12) 
 
1,572,131

David M. Shannon
 
2013
 
482,488

 

352,125

 
550,500

 
407,368

 
5,298

(4) 
 
1,797,779

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
2012
 
423,366

 

401,125

 
705,500

 
537,083

 
5,298

(4) 
 
2,072,372

 
2011
 
340,032

 

358,250

 
513,375

 
249,335

 
5,052

(4) 
 
1,466,044

Debora Shoquist
 
2013
 
478,161

 

352,125

 
440,400

 
232,781

 
5,447

(13) 
 
1,508,915

Executive Vice President, Operations
 
2012
 
398,269

 

320,000

 
680,800

 
348,755

 
5,298

(4) 
 
1,753,122

 
2011
 
298,654

 

329,590

 
434,350

 
180,000

 
4,998

(4) 
 
1,247,592

__________ 
(1) 
In fiscal year 2010, we introduced RSUs as a form of equity compensation to all employees, including executive officers. In fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013, our named executive officers (except Mr. Huang) received as equity compensation a combination of RSUs and stock options.

(2) 
Amounts shown in this column do not reflect dollar amounts actually received by the named executive officer. Instead, these amounts reflect the aggregate full grant date fair value calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718 for the respective fiscal year. The assumptions used in the calculation of values of the awards are set forth under Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements titled “Stock-Based Compensation” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2013, filed with the SEC on March 12, 2013.

(3) 
As applicable, reflects amounts earned in fiscal years 2013, 2012 and 2011 and paid in March 2013, March 2012 and March 2011, respectively, pursuant to our 2013 Variable Compensation Plan, 2012 Variable Compensation Plan and 2011 Variable Compensation Plan, respectively. For further information please see the discussion in our Compensation Discussion and Analysis beginning on page 40 of this proxy statement.

(4) 
Represents the premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees.
 
(5) 
Represents: (i) an award of $750 for the filing of a patent of which Mr. Huang is an inventor with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or the PTO. Awards are made to all NVIDIA employees whose patents are filed by NVIDIA with the PTO; and (ii) $2,293 of premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees.

(6) 
Ms. Burns became our Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer in March 2011. As such, disclosure of Ms. Burns’ compensation for fiscal year 2011 is not presented.

(7) 
Represents a discretionary cash award to Ms. Burns, who became our Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer in March 2011. Given the anticipated interim nature of her role, she was not appointed to our executive staff, or EStaff, and therefore was not an eligible participant in our 2012 Variable Compensation Plan or 2013 Variable Compensation Plan.

(8) 
Represents: (i) $2,078 in premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees; and (ii) $316 to purchase a Tegra phone pursuant to our Tegra subsidy program available to all employees.


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(9) 
Represents: (i) $1,327 in premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees; and (ii) $105 in value of gift card given to Ms. Burns before she was appointed as our Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer.
 
(10) 
Represents: (i) $5,298 in premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees; and (ii) $7,676 of imputed income for provision of medical insurance for an additional person.

(11) 
Represents: (i) $5,298 in premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees; and (ii) $7,824 of imputed income for provision of medical insurance for an additional person.

(12) 
Represents: (i) $5,050 in premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees; and (ii) $7,848 of imputed income for provision of medical insurance for an additional person.

(13) 
Represents: (i) $5,298 in premium and imputed income for group term life insurance, which we provide to all our employees; and (ii) $149 in value of gift card.

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GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013
The following table provides information regarding all grants of plan-based awards that were made to or earned by our named executive officers during fiscal year 2013. Disclosure on a separate line item is provided for each grant of an award made to a named executive officer. The information in this table supplements the dollar value of stock options and other awards set forth in the Summary Compensation Table For Fiscal Years 2013, 2012 and 2011 by providing additional details about the awards.
The option grants to purchase shares of our common stock set forth in the following table were made under our Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan, or 2007 Plan. The exercise price of options granted under the 2007 Plan is equal to the closing price of our common stock as reported by NASDAQ on the date of grant. Under the 2007 Plan, the exercise price may be paid in cash, in shares of our common stock valued at fair market value on the exercise date or through a cashless exercise procedure involving a same-day sale of the purchased shares. All stock option grants are subject to service based vesting.
During fiscal year 2013, none of our named executive officers were awarded or held any performance-based equity incentive awards.
Name
 
Grant
Date
 
Approval
Date
 
Estimated Possible Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards(1)
 
All  Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of Shares
of Stock
or Units (#)
  
All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)
  
Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)
  
Grant Date
Fair Value
of Stock and
Option
Awards ($)(2)
Threshold ($)
 
Target ($)
 
Maximum ($)
Jen-Hsun Huang
 
3/21/2012
 
3/8/2012
 
 
 

 
 
 

   
300,000

(3) 
14.46

(4) 
1,659,000

 
9/19/2012
 
8/22/2012
 
 
 

 
 
 

   
300,000

(5) 
13.71

(6) 
1,644,000

 
N/A
 
N/A
 

 
1,250,000

 
2,500,000

 

 

 

 

Karen T. Burns
 
3/21/2012
 
3/8/2012
 
 
 

 
 
 
5,000

(7) 

 

 
72,300

 
3/21/2012
 
3/8/2012
 
 
 

 
 
 

   
15,000

(3) 
14.46

(4) 
82,950

 
9/19/2012
 
8/22/2012
 
 
 

 
 
 
5,000

(8)