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NVIDIA firmly denies x86 CPU rumours, calls Larrabee 5-year old design

Posted on Wednesday, August 27 2008 @ 20:34:01 CEST by

There were some rumours this month that NVIDIA might be working on a x86 processor but NVIDIA's VP Chris Malachowsky firmly denied it, stating CPUs are not NVIDIA's business.
"That's not our business," he insisted. "It's not our business to build a CPU. We're a visual computing company, and I think the reason we've survived the other 35 companies who were making graphics at the start is that we've stayed focused."

He also pointed out that such a move would expose the company to fierce competition. "Are we likely to build a CPU and take out Intel?" he asked."I don't think so, given their thirty-year head start and billions and billions of dollars invested in it. I think staying focused is our
When asked about Larrabee, Malachowsky said NVIDIA build Larrabee five years ago. He claims the block diagram of Larrabee looks very similar to a GPU from five years ago:
"If you look at a block diagram of Larrabee," he commented, "the processing elements, the fabrics, the interconnects... some special function units, some I/O, some memory controllers... then go and look at a GPU from five years ago."

"You'll see the special function units, the I/O, the memory controllers... we built 'Larrabee' five years ago."



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