NVIDIA Says No x86 Chip Planned
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is never one to shy awake from saying what he thinks. When asked by cnet about rumours that the company may be developing an x86 compatible chip, the response was a resounding "No". Haung clearly stated that NVIDIA's focus was on visual and parallel computing, as well as aiming to get its GPUs into a diverse array of platforms, such as the low power devices which use the Tegra chip (say the Zune HD). While denials such as this may seem pretty clear cut (and they could be), NVIDIA has also never been afraid to play the PR game, and some still believe that it may venture into the x86 marketplace if that is what is required to preserve revenues from other product lines. Huang also took the opportunity to rule out the use of AMD spin-off Globalfoundries for the production of NVIDIA parts should capacity at its current partner TSMC come up short.