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Sizing up a possible NVIDIA-made x86 processor

Mar 06, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Based on what Hara said, it seems that NVIDIA would be looking to do a Tegra-like SoC design, but one that pairs an x86 core with an NVIDIA GPU (as opposed to Tegra's ARM + GPU pairing).

"Why would NVIDIA do this? Because, as a recent and widely linked Jon Peddie report correctly points out, the integrated graphics processor (IGP) will eventually go away, as integrated GPUs move off of the chipset and onto the processor die. IGPs are a huge and very successful part of NVIDIA's volume business, and the company can't afford to see that segment left solely to Intel at a future date when all mobile x86 processors come with an on-board GPU."

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