NVIDIA presented a new chipset technology to OEMs at Siggraph last week. The technology dubbed "Warp Logic" enables multiple vendors to use features of NVIDIA's chipsets to provide virtually limitless functionally and features.
They claim that this technology allows NVIDIA to enable any technology on the planet, without having to dsign any additional silicon.
Using the Warp Logic technology NVIDIA will be able to provide additional functionally along side their chipsets to gain OEM support and sales.
Through the awesome power of WarpLogic technology, AMD's 8131 chipset was assimilated, or "borged" into Nvidia's forthcoming server and workstation chipsets.
Like most curious people, OEMs are known for attempting to peek behind the veil of Isis when the top dog isn't looking. On a recent visit to a US OEM, Nvidia's product managers took a routine trip to the head, and one opportunist looked under Nvidia's proverbial metal skirt heatsink. Suprise! Warp Logic at work.
It seems that by using Warp Logic technology, Nvidia slides AMD's 8131, PCI-X Hypertransport Tunnel for PCI-X funcionality, in through its back door.
According to Siggraph attendees, AMD was displaying the new trans-chip technology, Warp Logic, at its own booth. When approached, Nvidia denied its very existence. But it seems that Iwill has committed that "they will" make a motherboard as shown at Siggraph. Some of the Warp Logic enabled features include:
AMD Opteron 200 series processor support
(1) x16 PCI-Express
(1) 2.1 PCI
(1) x4 PCI Express
(3) AMD 8131 PCI-X/133
(1) 1000bT LAN - nFORCE LAN (featuring a basic firewall /w SPI support)
USB 2.0 support