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NVIDIA plans x86 processor in 2-3 years

updated 11:20 am EST, Wed March 4, 2009

NVIDIA x86 SoC in 3 Years

NVIDIA at a Morgan Stanley conference today said it hopes to have an x86 compatible system-on-chip within two to three years. The company's Investor Relations Senior VP Michael Hara argues that an all-in-one processor, which includes the additional media processing and other features needed to power a handheld or netbook, "makes sense" and that Intel's x86 is very likely the architecture of choice in the specified timeframe. There is "no question on our mind" about using it, Hara says of the technology.

In justifying the tentative roadmap, he notes that the existing Tegra family of chips already effectively provide a system-on-chip and that this level of integration is likely to extend into more general computing. Although separating the general processor from companion chips is effective enough today, smaller computers and portable devices may increasingly depend on all-in-one processing to accomplish the same task.

Hara's statements appear to back rumors of early x86 chip work at NVIDIA but also set up a likely conflict between the normally graphics-oriented company and Intel. NVIDIA has encountered stiff resistance from Intel in trying to garner support for its Ion platform for Atom chips and is just this year facing a lawsuit from Intel over claims that hopes to build mainboard chipsets for Core i7 would violate a long-term licensing deal.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    get over it

    Intel has got to get over this litigious protectionism. Intel is good at CPUs, but they suck at GPUs and chipsets big time, well, integrated graphics chipsets.

    Intel: work with your partners to support their fantastic GPUs and chipsets, which will further your platform and your success. Don't sue them (dumb).

    And don't worry, you don't have to stop developing your own chips, there will be plenty of OEMs that will still buy your underpowered integrated chipsets for the bazillion cheapo PCs on the market. Those may decline, but they're not going away.

    Of course you could always learn to compete and design better chips instead of suing partners who come up with something better... just a thought.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The future will be interesting with all these companies designing their own system-on-chips.

    Definitely can't wait to see what Apple produces - just wonder how long it'll be before we see something from them?

  1. bigjimid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I feel the same mytdave

    I don't think we'll see anything from Apple any time soon seeing as how they are using Nvidia chips now and in their new computers.

    It's funny, the only thing that makes an Apple an Apple is the OS and their simplistic design language.

    If Intel keeps up the attitude, Nvidia should respond by starting up a CPU division. Then we'll see how long it'll take Intel to reconsider.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    nVidia buy AMD, toss ATi to the kurb, inherit AMD's x86 license. All done.

    (That my xxxx is head of xxxx for xxxx has nothing to do with this.)

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