Nvidia to exit chipset business?

By on August 1, 2008, 12:42 PM
The web is flooded with rumors today that Nvidia is set to drop its chipset business. According to unnamed DigiTimes sources, the creator of the nForce line called a meeting earlier this week with motherboard partners to gauge support for it to continue producing chipsets, but was only met with silence.

The report says that some motherboard makers already have canceled high-end motherboard projects based on the nForce 7-series chipset. A bit of credence was lent to these claims based on recent problems over Intel's forthcoming X58 chipset that has manufacturers deciding whether or not to include the company’s nForce 200 chip on their boards to enable 3-way SLI.

As a side note, a chipset exit by Nvidia would also debunk recent speculation that Apple is skipping Intel’s new Montevina chipset in favor of a custom platform that would combine Intel processors with Nvidia chipsets in its upcoming notebook products.

Nvidia executives have nonetheless denied the rumor and claim the company is committed to its nForce line, which makes up as much as 18 percent of its total sales revenue. In fact, the graphics firm says it has several products set to be announced “in the near future”.




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Didou said:
Indeed that would be very surprising after all the fight they've put up to have a license for the Intel platform. They've also purchased Uli & not so long ago there were rumors that they would even purchase Via.
nirkon said:
In my opinion I don't think they will drop a line that makes up 18 percent of the companies profit.
canadian said:
I personally love the nForce chipsets. I have had one motherboard with it in the past, and it was much better than any motherboard I have had since.
fullmetalvegan said:
Hmm... I've always been a followering of the nForce boards... but I recently dropped the eVGA 750i board because it was terrible and switched to Gigabyte EP45-EXTREME. I'd prefer if they made boards the same way they do with CrossFireX now... Intel chipset with added chip for SLI support.
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