I have seen several questions here referencing the “IHVs,” e.g. this one, without defining the abbreviation.

A Google search offers “Inter-Human Virology,” and, a few links down, a Wikipedia disambiguation page that includes “independent hardware vendor,” which certainly seems more pertinent to the contexts in which I’ve seen “IHV” here, but I’m not certain about it.


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Your assumption is correct, IHV in this context means Independent Hardware Vendor. In the linked answer it refers mainly to AMD and NVidia.

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    \$\begingroup\$ No worries; we’ve all been there with basic questions, it can be hard to keep perspective when you have a lot of expertise, and after all, this site is primarily aimed at experts. I appreciate the gracious apology. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Mar 7, 2018 at 18:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ Actually, it's not supposed to be primarily aimed at experts. It's just that experts are more likely to know how to ask their questions. So it might seem that way, but it's not supposed to be. \$\endgroup\$
    – Almo
    Mar 7, 2018 at 18:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan This site is aimed at having experts share their knowledge. It's not aimed at experts being the askers. However, in the future, you're likely to get better help if you spend more time searching, trying out different keywords, etc.. Not only will your questions be more specific and, therefore more answerable, but you'll also learn how to find the answers yourself, which will save you a lot of time, compared to writing up a decent question and asking it. \$\endgroup\$
    – anon
    Mar 7, 2018 at 20:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Almo I am very familiar with the Stack Exchange model and I know very well how much expertise is or isn’t expected. I did qualify it as primarily. Yes, new users are welcome, of course, but experts are catered to. That’s built into the very system. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Mar 7, 2018 at 20:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NicHartley Short of mind-reading, or, ya know, asking, it is very unlikely that I could have confirmed to my satisfaction that what I found with my search was actually what was being meant by users here. Moreover, since another aspect of the Stack Exchange model is to create a solid repository of knowledge, if this is a common term (and it clearly is, seeing as it was used here) in this field, it’s reasonably appropriate for this site to include a definition of it. If an answer here leads me to another question, searching here (which I did) should get me my answer. And now it would. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Mar 7, 2018 at 20:53

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