A Pacific Crest analyst claimed yesterday that NVIDIA will exit the chipset market next year but Hexus spoke to NVIDIA and heard the chip designer has no intention at all to quit this market:
The quote was published on the Barron's website, as was NVIDIA's response: "The Pacific Crest report was wrong. We are continuing to invest in our chipset business and drive new and exciting platforms for all PCs. This is a long term and important strategy for us."
We spoke briefly to NVIDIA's UK PR manager Ben Berraondo and reminded us that NVIDIA is releasing MCP7A chipset on Oct 15th and confirmed that it has MCP (i.e. chipset) products due to come out next year.
What has yet to be clarified are NVIDIA's long-term plans for its chipset business after it has fulfilled all its current obligations. Dropping chipsets would leave it with just the discrete graphics business to focus on, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.