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.