Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Jan 2009 12:11 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Currently, NVIDIA is really missing out on the netbook market, which is dominated by all-Intel platform designs. NVIDIA has finally woken up to this reality, and the outspoken cofounder, president, and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, has launched an all-out campaign to promote his company's Ion platform - and he isn't shy of flinging some poo to Intel and netbooks in general.
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Atom is the Great Cure for Software Bloat
by BrendaEM on Thu 29th Jan 2009 12:30 UTC
BrendaEM
Member since:
2005-11-23

While the Atom chip isn't much, it was accompanied by millions of votes for smaller less expensive computers. The age of the 10 inch form factor is upon us, and the computer is officially a commodity, a true consumer item, and regrettably, for the first time--disposable.

So, where does that leave Nvidia, well, that's up to them. As far as the small computer market, they have a lot of work to do because the integrated thing they are talking about, will be a 45nm GPU, and if I worked up the peninsula at nVidia, I wouldn't sleep so soundly.

Incidentally, tell nVidia, Rhinoceros 3D CAD runs on my netbook, not as fast as if nVidia had made a GPU for it, but it does run. Tell Adobe, when I want the software updates off--I mean off! Meaning that doing things such as having a bloated insubordinate updater that does what it wants to--isn't going to give them a good face in the world of netbooks. Tell EA, I'm not buying a game from you, until I hear articles about how you respect your employees better, and honor your contracted commitments.

[It's just a gut feeling, but I believe that the Atom will be refined, and multiplied into a massive multi-core setup. Meanwhile, Nvidia is pulling punches with Intel, not trying to replace the CPU with the GPU on the desktop. As a consumer, I want to see both of these fights.]

Edited 2009-01-29 12:41 UTC

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Mage66 Member since:
2005-07-11

The Atom is already multi-core, netbooks use the single core version. The desktop Atom implementations use the dual core version.

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Apparently atom doesn't scale. What hurts x86 massively multi core is the comparatively "vast" amount of silicon required just for the x86 decoder. That's why intel went back to hyper threading. They can get more (inefficient) execution units while not having to replicate yet another x86 decoder.

The arm guys should get off their butts since the arm instruction set is far superior for low power small die truly multi core operation.

Likely nvidia's only way to get back in the game short term is to find a way toteam up with freescale and put together something with a cortex a8. The other arm core nvidia is supporting can't play in the netbook arena.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

I'm surprised cad applications work on a normal gpu (as opposed to doing it in software).

I was under the impression that professional graphics and engineering apps had this collusion going on where they would ensure that the apps only worked in accelerated mode with workstation gfx cards.

There is no architectural difference between my geforce and the equivalent quadro card, yet autocad only supports the quadro card (in accelerated mode, but software works fine for me as I only use 2d).

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suryad Member since:
2005-07-09

I could not agree more!

Edited 2009-01-29 15:11 UTC

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

While the Atom chip isn't much, it was accompanied by millions of votes for smaller less expensive computers. The age of the 10 inch form factor is upon us, and the computer is officially a commodity, a true consumer item, and regrettably, for the first time--disposable.

What? Disposable? For the first time?

I don't know about you, but almost everyone I've ever met who has owned a computer knows nothing about it. They end up getting infected beyond belief with every virus, trojan, dialer, worm, spyware, etc. you can think of and more. Then they wonder why they keep getting pop-ups, and quickly end up sending the machine to the dump... only to get a new machine and start all over again. It's been this way since... well, since almost as long as I've been using computers myself (Win95 era).

I've "fixed" or sped up several machines from Windows 95 all the way up to XP by simply cleaning some crap (uninstalling programs, removing startup entries, defragging) or reinstalling Windows. Machines whose owners thought were surely done for and in dire need of replacement. I always give them advice on how to *not* have this problem again, but it always goes out the other ear. That reminds me, my sister's WinXP system is ****ed up and pending a format/reinstall real soon... again.

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