Nvidia CEO dismisses x86 chip development rumors

By on November 9, 2009, 10:55 AM
Despite a recent flurry of rumors suggesting otherwise, Nvidia's chief executive says the company is not working on an x86-compatible chip to go against Intel. Speaking after an earnings conference call, Jen-Hsun Huang said their focus is still "very, very clear" and that is to concentrate their efforts on the graphics processors field and closely related parallel computing cards like the Tesla line.

Huang went on to say Nvidia expects its GPU products to proliferate across all kinds of platforms, including servers for parallel computing, supercomputing and cloud computing, so it's clear the graphics firm still intends to take some business away from Intel in those high performance segments. The company will also be concentrating on the fast-growing mobile sector with its ARM-based Tegra platform.

The ongoing dispute between Intel and Nvidia has already resulted in a pair of lawsuits, but apparently the graphics specialist is thinking longer term rather than just coming up with its own x86 chip as an end-run around Intel's refusal to allow certain chipsets under an existing license -- or so Huang wants us to believe.

On a final note, the CEO complained that Nvidia's longstanding foundry partner TSMC was not allocating them enough capacity, but dismissed any possibility of the company using AMD-backed Globalfoundries as a manufacturing partner for its chips.




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freedomthinker said:

Oh man ... I was hoping to see if this were true :/ too bad , but still it was fun

Timonius Timonius said:

It does seem like there is an Intel/Nvidia 'alliance' though. Just like AMD/ATI.

JieMan JieMan said:

freedomthinker said:

Oh man ... I was hoping to see if this were true :/ too bad , but still it was fun

This has been a big joke for awhile,, even if it were true they would never be able to produce chips in the class of Intel or Amd.

I'll say it again NVIDIA will never make a cpu , but rather emulate x86 on a GPU.

When is the NVIDIA version of windows running on a GPU coming out?

Timonius said:

It does seem like there is an Intel/Nvidia 'alliance' though. Just like AMD/ATI.

Intel and NVIDIA are at each other throat right now.. and I think you'll find people with Intel cpu's run Ati just the same....

and the reason for the AMD/ATI alliance is AMD owns ATI ... duh

I for one own an AMD cpu and NVIDIA gpu's

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