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Wants to build nForce chipsets to support Intel's Atom

These days, NVIDIA is almost constantly in the news, but not because it necessarily has something to brag about. It seems rather unfortunate that today's current leading graphics manufacturer is faced with so many things that it has to deal with. As we told you last week, the company had to cope with an impressive drop in market shares, after it announced that a number of its mobile graphics chips were defective. Moreover, the company's GT200-series graphics cards are currently being sold for less than what NVIDIA first announced.

With all that, to add insult to injury, it also seems that low market shares and even lower price tags aren't the only bad things that make it in the news and that we can read about these days. Rumor has it that the Santa-Clara based graphics manufacturer is using its alliance with VIA in order to get to competitor Intel. Unnamed sources cited by Digitimes are claiming that NVIDIA isn't doing right by VIA and is only in it for a negotiation with Intel.

NVIDIA's interest for Intel has a lot to do with the latter’s recently announced Atom processor. Apparently, sources whisper, NVIDIA seeks to manufacture Atom-ready chipsets, for which it needs Intel's support and acceptance. Word on the street is that this is the only reason for which NVIDIA joined forces with VIA in the first place, although the official line was that the companies will go corporate in the low-cost PC and MID market.

These rumors haven't been confirmed by either of the companies’ representatives but, if true, once Intel agrees to allow NVIDIA's chipset to support the Atom CPU, NVIDIA will most probably ditch Taiwan-based chipset manufacturers VIA and Silicon Integrated System (SiS).

This is not the only dispute between the two giant companies. One month ago, NVIDIA's Derek Perez stated that Intel would not allow the "green company" to make nForce chipsets with support for Intel's Nehalem CPUs. If this too turns out to be true, it will most certainly not benefit NVIDIA one bit, as it stands to lose a considerable market share, especially when these new Nehalems do come out eventually.

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post #2 of 21
Just more evidence that Nvidia is not a multinational corporation, but a junior high school girl - it's off in the corner whispering secrets to VIA trying to get Intel jealous
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lol, and in this case i'm VIA, and Nvidia is the hottest girl on campus.
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post #4 of 21
its all a bunch of horse pucky.

all that's really getting accomplished is these company's are starting to hate each other more and more. its just not good IMO.
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OH.. poor baby i'm sure intel will cope
    
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Wow.... with all these rumors floating around this is quickly escalating into a daytime soap. Nvidia is in pretty deep now. If Nvidia does get a liscense for QPI and drops Via and SIS, that is going to taint the image of the company. Even if Nvidia manages to do some decent PR to try to make it appear good, the damage will be done.
    
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meh, they are creating a mini itx board with 3d rendering on it. old news.
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post #8 of 21
Nvidia needs to realize that Intel is a bit bigger then they are.
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Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Nvidia needs to realize that Intel is a bit bigger then they are.
Much bigger.

nVidia is like your annoying 5 year old cousin trying to fight The Incredible Hulk (Intel).
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lol, and in this case i'm VIA, and Nvidia is the hottest girl on campus.
Then I'll be AMD, sitting on the sidelines letting everyone else duke it out.
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