REVENUE FORECAST: Analysts expect total revenue of $2.36 billion for the quarter, up 18% from $2 billion a year earlier.

DATA -CENTER GROWTH: Much of Nvidia’s current value hinges on rapid growth in its sales to internet giants that have found its graphics processors especially cost-effective for artificial intelligence.

The data - center segment that books those sales has posted double-digit revenue growth from quarter to quarter for the better part of two years, cresting a year ago at 59%.

But data - center growth slipped to 2% in the second quarter, and investors hammered the stock.

Analysts expect 11% in the third, according to a poll by FactSet Research Systems Inc. -- but even that may be viewed as a disappointment, according to Matt Ramsay of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.

He expects data-center growth to accelerate again as new products based on Nvidia’s Volta architecture catch on.

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