Nvidia denies chipset farewell
Nvidia has denied reports that it’s planning to exit the chipset business, saying it has “no intention of getting out of the chipset business".
This follows a report late last week by Digitimes that claimed the firm was poised to leave the market.
On Friday, Digitimes said an unnamed source had told it that Nvidia had called a meeting recently with its motherboard partners, to gauge support for its continued chipset development.
However, Nvidia has since stated that Digitimes’ report is false and “completely groundless”.
On the contrary, Nvidia said that its media and communication processors (MCP) unit is “as strong as it has ever been for both AMD and Intel platforms”.
The firm also said it’s looking forward to bringing “new and very exciting MCP products to the market” for both Intel and AMD platforms.
Why the meeting?
The reason for the meeying seems awfully thin. It could very well be other concerns that the OEMs have. I wonder if this meeting has more to do with the current MCP GPU materials packaging failures that many laptop owners are seeing. If they used crap for the laptop chipsets it is unlikely they used anything better for the desktop chipsets.
re: When are we going to see nVidia CPU's?
What on earth are you smoking? You want a CPU from people that couldn't get their sound,firewall,network and at one time even SATA disk support working? You know, the simple stuff? At least they could hide the flaws behind drivers (usually by switching to software mode and hoping no-one noticed the missing acceleration) - though I've not seen a properly working gfx driver for more than a year.
How they'd switch a broken CPU into software emulation would be entertaining to see ;)
There may be issues with nVidia chipset boards, but they're not unmanageable issues and the extra complexity of the boards must be expected to produce a few problems. I must say, I wouldn't ever choose an Intel board for anything but a real budget gaming rig right now, and there have been a number of successes with the nVidia chipset in the past, so even if the boards aren't quite up to scratch now there's no reason to think they'd just pack it in and go home.
When are we going to see nVidia CPU's?
They could put a respectable CPU in one tenth of the area of one of their expensive GPU's. In the long term, they will need a CPU+GPU chip because that is the way the market is going. Just ask Intel, AMD+ATI and Via.
No customers makes a poor business
Does it really make a difference whether they stop the chipset business or not, if the board designers don't want to use their chipsets. In that fashion the Digitimes rumor was spot on. Without customers it's just a drain on resources.