Some notebook makers believe NVIDIA's new MCP79-based (GeForce 9400M) chipsets have a chance to grab 20 percent of the Intel-based notebook chipset market. Apple's new MacBook and MacBook Pro already feature NVIDIA's MCP79 chipset and more notebooks will follow from first-tier notebook vendors ASUS, Acer, HP and Dell.
Asustek is planning to launch the F50GX notebook using the MCP79 chipset with a 16-inch 16:9 aspect ratio panel, and GeForce 9600M discrete graphics card, targeting the gamer market. The company is also planning to launch more MCP79-based notebooks by the end of this year or beginning of next year, according to Tony Chen, general manager of notebook business in Asustek.
Ujesh Desai, general manager of GeForce products at Nvidia pointed out that over 10 MCP79-based notebook products from global first-tier notebook vendors will be launched by the end of this year and beginning of next year.
If the notebook vendors are right, NVIDIA chipsets may end up in more than 25 million notebooks over the next year.