NVIDIA (NVDA) – the inventor of the high-performance processor GPU, and the leader in visual computing technologies, according to Digitimes – has decided to quit the chipset business. The story is based “on sources close to the situation at one of Taiwan’s top motherboard makers”.
The assertion here is that Nvidia called a meeting earlier this week with its motherboard partners to gain support for the co. to continue developing chipsets in the future. However, the motherboard makers’ response was not there. In fact, some makers notes Digitimes – have already canceled upcoming high-end motherboard projects based on the nForce 7-series chipset.
Even though not all the facts are known and reports remain yet to be confirmed ; it is believed that Nvidia will transfer its chipset team to work on GPU projects.
If Nvidia losses its chipset business, obviously this will significantly impact the co.
Nvidia needs to find a way of licensing and enabling multi-GPU support on motherboards using Intel and/or AMD chipsets fast. Otherwise it will have to cede the top-end of the graphics card market to AMD, which now has the benefit of Crossfire.
In case the story proves to be right – it would debunk any rumors of Apple adopting Nvidia chipsets for its upcoming notebook products.
According to custompc: Nvidia denies that its quitting the chipset business. The co. now says the story is a ‘complete fabrication,’ adding that ‘Nvidia is still very much in the chipset business and has no plans to exit, as several exciting new products on the horizon will show.’