Nvidia isn’t investing in VIA, says CEO

Written by Ben Hardwidge

April 24, 2009 // 9:48 a.m.

Tags: #atom #denies #dismiss #huang #intel #invest #ion #jen-hsun #nano #nvidia #rumour #shares #via

Following last month’s rumours that Nvidia was looking at buying a stake in VIA, Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has reportedly stated that Nvidia has no plans to invest in the Taiwanese chip maker.

The deal that was rumoured to be taking place concerned 300 million new shares that VIA planned to sell via private placement, and Nvidia was said to be in talks with VIA about buying a percentage of the new shares. However, DigiTimes now reports that Huang dismissed rumours about the two companies being in talks about an investment deal.

According to the site, Huang said that the relationship between the two companies only “extends to cooperation to deliver support for VIA CPUs on its upcoming Ion 2 chipset platform.” The CEO also reportedly pointed out that a number of PC manufacturers were currently in the process of evaluating Nvidia’s Ion platform with Intel Atom CPUs, and DigiTimes says that Huang expects Ion to “become one of Nvidia's major growing product lines.”

Nvidia recently claimed that Intel’s next-generation “Pineview” Atom CPUs would “force” customers to use Intel integrated graphics, and with the relationship between Intel and Nvidia looking decidedly messy, the company certainly needs VIA on its side when it comes to the Ion platform. However, it looks as though Nvidia is staying out of VIA in terms of investment, and is instead simply working with the company to produce an Ion 2 platform that uses the VIA’s Nano CPU.

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