Nvidia: we are building custom ARM-based CPU cores

By on January 5, 2011, 4:34 PM
Nvidia has announced that it plans to build high-performance ARM-based CPU cores for products ranging from personal computers and servers to workstations and supercomputers. In other words, you'll soon see an Nvidia CPU running the ARM instruction set that is fully integrated on the same chip as the Nvidia GPU.

Nvidia obtained rights to develop its own high performance CPU cores based on ARM's future processor architecture and licensed ARM's current Cortex-A15 processor for its future-generation Tegra mobile processors. The news is hot on the heels of Microsoft's announcement that Windows 8 will support the ARM architecture. That announcement specifically mentions three ARM partners: Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and the newly added Nvidia.

"ARM is the fastest-growing CPU architecture in history," Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of Nvidia, said in a statement. "This marks the beginning of the Internet Everywhere era, where every device provides instant access to the Internet, using advanced CPU cores and rich operating systems. ARM's pervasiveness and open business model make it the perfect architecture for this new era. With Project Denver, we are designing a high-performing ARM CPU core in combination with our massively parallel GPU cores to create a new class of processor."

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red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

any word on how far out this is?

and Emil, I like the ability to change between headline and full view...but this half CSS/HTML is a bit much

MrAnderson said:

This is great news. This is exciting. Since Windows 8 will be running on ARM... I'm very happy an avenue has opened up for Nvidia and the processor market is heating up... err in a good way...

I'm sure this is quite far out... into the 2012 at least because windows 8 and well the development time for new hardware is far more longer than video game development except for if you consider how long Duke Nukem has been under dev =P

I'm sure Nvidia has been working unofficially from the day they announced they were getting into CPUs. before they announced Tegra but yeah I imagine they will want to have something ready for even testing period of when Windows 8 tips up in Alpha and Beta... but final projects soon after launch is my guess...

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