Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Nov 2009 21:29 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Over the past few years, there have been persistent rumours that NVIDIA, the graphics chip maker, was working on an x86 chip to compete with Intel and AMD. Recently, these rumours gained some traction, but NVIDIA's CEO just shot them down, and denied the company will enter the x86 processor market.
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RE[4]: a no go
by Brendan on Fri 13th Nov 2009 07:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: a no go"
Brendan
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2005-11-16

Hi,

The GPU ain't going anywhere.


While I mostly agree with what you're saying, the GPU *is* going somewhere. If you look at both AMD and Intel roadmaps, the GPU is going in the same chip as the CPU. To start with it'll be just low-end and/or low-power systems, but that's just a start.

With the memory controller built into Intel and AMD's CPUs now, there's a major performance advantage putting the GPU "on-chip" too; and if NVidia isn't careful it could end up with no way to compete - too slow to compete with "on-chip GPUs" in high-end systems, too expensive for budget systems and taking up too much space on ultra-portable motherboards.

-Brendan

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