Rumour: NVIDIA to quit chipset business?

Posted on Friday, Aug 01 2008 @ 17:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
UPDATE: NVIDIA officially denied the rumours.

DigiTimes, citing anonymous sources at first-tier Taiwanese motherboard makers, claims NVIDIA may soon close up its chipset business and transfer the chipset team to work on GPU projects:
It is still early days and not all the facts are known at the time of writing, but it is believed Nvidia will transfer the chipset team to working on GPU projects. On the motherboard makers' side, some makers have already canceled upcoming high-end motherboard projects based on the nForce 7-series chipset.

The loss of its chipset business is expected to have a significant impact on Nvidia's GPU business in the short-term. Reception to the nForce 200 chip (BR04) which will enable SLI technology on Intel X58 motherboards has been lukewarm at best, with many makers saying they will not bother adding the chip on their boards. This means 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.

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