Nvidia not working on a CPU, says CEO

Nvidia not working on a CPU, says CEO

Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that his company has no plans to enter the CPU business.

In an attempt to quash the rumours suggesting that Nvidia is working on a CPU to level the playing field with AMD and Intel, head honcho Jen-Hsun Huang told attendees at the company's annual shareholder conference that his company has no plans start developing a CPU.

Huang explained that his company "cannot add much value" in the CPU market and thus "is not going into that business." Instead, the company will continue to focus on its core GPU and chipset businesses.

There is no doubt that the GPU has become an increasingly important technology in today's PC, especially with things like Windows Vista, high-definition video, PC gaming and GPGPU.

In fact, the company launched its Tesla line of GPGPUs into the High-Performance Computing marketplace earlier this week and is expecting to make a big impact in the market.

Huang said that "GPUs have become really, really valuable" and acknowledged that this increasingly important role may attract more competitors into the high-performance marketplace. He told attendees that Nvidia would welcome additional competition from companies like Intel.

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Duste 24th June 2007, 11:20 Quote
Pitty. :/
Naberius 24th June 2007, 11:50 Quote
Originally Posted by Duste
Pitty. :/

Sure is, a bit more compeitition would certainly increase the rate of development, and what a place to start, nvidia
Kipman725 24th June 2007, 12:29 Quote
hmm I wonder how long they will last then as in a few years real time ray tracing will be possible on normal computers and for that only a simple 2d display card is needed. Will they become a chipset only company then?
DXR_13KE 24th June 2007, 12:55 Quote
[hint]make the graphic cards more energy efficient and cheaper[/hint]
Paradigm Shifter 24th June 2007, 13:18 Quote
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
[hint]make the graphic cards more energy efficient and cheaper[/hint]
Quoted for truth. Intel finally seem to have gotten the hint, now if only nVidia/ATi would. ;)

Still, more competition is a good thing; shame it apparently won't happen.
Spaceraver 24th June 2007, 13:20 Quote
^^What he said..
DLoney 24th June 2007, 18:45 Quote
Originally Posted by Spaceraver
^^What he said..
Flibblebot 24th June 2007, 19:31 Quote
Thirded. It's absurd that while CPU manufacturers have managed to rein in their power consumption, GPU manufacturers are demanding more and more power.
A couple less new products per year, better chip design please.
C-Sniper 24th June 2007, 19:52 Quote
and at this rate of ever increasing power consumption, the next series of cards could need 1kw PSUs just to run the card. that is, mind you, that the current trends do not change.
Delphium 24th June 2007, 23:58 Quote
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Quoted for truth. Intel finally seem to have gotten the hint, now if only nVidia/ATi would. ;)

Still, more competition is a good thing; shame it apparently won't happen.

Here here!!!!!!!
efficientency FTW!
Tyinsar 25th June 2007, 03:30 Quote
I've said it before & I'll say it again: It would be really interesting if Nvidia teamed up with Via to make CPUs.

Though I too agree with you all about the power over-consumption issue.
Bindibadgi 25th June 2007, 09:18 Quote
They're working on an "accelerator" imo. Torrenza stylee.
[USRF]Obiwan 25th June 2007, 09:56 Quote
I think there are to much patents they have to overcome. If they make a cpu, intel, amd, ibm and name some more cpu patentholders are going to stampede all over nvidia.

I'm also for more innovation in getting the powerloads down. They can make wonderful gpus, they are ridiculously fast now and probably getting faster to. I bet they have buckets full nextgen gpu's laying in the designdrawers for a every 6 months release. But In the rate it is going now. No consumer will buy them anymore because of the powerdrain on the consumers walloutlet and wallet. They really need to get their focus on lowering the powerdrain this vidcards make now and in the futere.
devdevil85 25th June 2007, 19:19 Quote
I want to know just how much SLI'd 8800GTX's cost the consumer over a period of a year approximately with moderate usage and use of Stand By and things of this sort. Actually, to get even more "real", how much would they cost the consumer per hour when they are at full usage? That's something I want to know....
completemadness 26th June 2007, 02:41 Quote
i don't really see the point in nvidia making a processor

firstly, its not their business, they have no experience in it

Secondly, its all x86 baby, there isn't alot you can do to that
And even if nvidia wanted to, their like 10 years too late entering a pretty developed market

best for them to keep with GPU's, maybe when they have much more experience in GPGPU they might have a better chance at CPU's
GoodBytes 26th June 2007, 03:40 Quote
yea would have been nice to have dual core CPU's SLI'd... :p
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