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Nvidia has license to make Nehalem QPI chipsets
battlefield_gir 
1/9/08 1:10:41 AM
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tHE GREEN is not dead yet.
http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/604758/nvidia-has-license-to-make-nehalem-qpi-chipsets/page2.html
Nvidia could still make chipsets for Intel’s forthcoming Bloomfield Nehalem CPUs, but hasn't announced any plans yet
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There may be plenty of rumours about Nvidia pulling out of the chipset market, but Nvidia claims that it’s still licensed to produce chipsets for Intel’s future CPUs, which includes Bloomfield Nehalem processors that use Intel’s new QuickPath Interconnect (QPI).

While chatting to UK tech site Bit-Tech, Nvidia’s director of technical marketing for chipsets, Tom Peterson was apparently ‘adamant that Nvidia’s cross-licensing agreement with Intel includes a Quick Path Interface licence, enabling the company to develop chipsets for Intel’s latest processors.’

Interestingly, though, he also added that Nvidia had chosen to focus its efforts ‘on developing DMI chipsets at this time.’ DMI (Direct Media Interface) is a slower CPU interconnect system that’s used in current Intel chipsets, although it’s also rumoured to be the interconnect system in Intel’s forthcoming mainstream Lynnfield and Havendale Nehalem CPU cores. These cores are also said to feature a dual-core DDR3 memory controller, rather than the triple-core memory controller found in Bloomfield CPUs.

Nevertheless, while Nvidia may have a license to produce a QPI chipset, the company has been very quiet about its intentions regarding its own Bloomfield chipsets. The company recently announced that it would allow SLI to be enabled natively on Intel’s X58 chipset, and that it would also supply NF200 chips for some X58 boards. All of this would appear to negate the need for an Nvidia Bloomfield chipset unless it offered another must-have feature.

Nvidia has been previously rumoured to have plans to exit the chipset market, although the company has vehemently denied these rumours. Speaking to Custom PC earlier this month, Nvidia’s PR manager for the UK and Northern Europe, Ben Berraondo, described the rumours as ‘complete fabrication,’ adding that ‘Nvidia is still very much in the chipset business and has no plans to exit, as several exciting new products on the horizon will show.’Nvidia is currently rumoured to have a new nForce 770i chipset in development, which is said to support DDR3 memory and two-way SLI, so Nvidia may still have plans for future chipsets, at least in the short term.

Should Nvidia produce a chipset for Bloomfield CPUs using QPI, and is there still room for Nvidia chipsets in an industry where an Intel chipset can support SLI? Let us know your thoughts.


Edited by battlefield_gir: 1/9/2008 01:39:53 AM

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SceptreCore 
1/9/08 1:23:41 AM
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Im upset about the lack of a link! However if it is valid, I must say Im not surprised, I bet they have the license now on proviso that they made the X58 natively support SLI.

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battlefield_gir 
1/9/08 1:38:37 AM
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Quote by SceptreCore
Im upset about the lack of a link! However if it is valid, I must say Im not surprised, I bet they have the license now on proviso that they made the X58 natively support SLI.




oh shit, wait a tick let me find it

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Waltish 
1/9/08 3:07:24 AM
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I prefere ATI but I have no desire to see nVidia crash and burn, that would be really bad for competition.

I hope nVidia stays buoyant and makes chipsets for all processors in the market place.
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wilsontc 
1/9/08 10:35:58 AM
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Quote by Waltish
I hope nVidia stays buoyant and makes chipsets for all processors in the market place.



Haha, have you ever used one? I don't!

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Waltish 
2/9/08 3:15:10 AM
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Long time ago for my Palomino and then Barton they were better than the Via ones then.

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SceptreCore 
2/9/08 2:25:17 PM
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Quote by Waltish
Long time ago for my Palomino and then Barton they were better than the Via ones then.

If your a fan of AMD processors, and or currently using one then and nVidia chipset will be a good option for you. They make quality AMD compliant chipsets, and own about 60% of the AMD chipset market.

Apparently nVidia won't be giving AMD SLI either.

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9195&Itemid=1

but do you blame them? They just had to get on their knees to Intel, to give them native SLI support for the X58 chipset because most of their market share in the chipset line is Intel based!

And now all of a sudden nVidia have a QPI chipset license. Wow, that was quick. just kind of sudden after the announcement of native SLI on X58's. Intel are such the biggest market, nay PC directive controllers ... more so then Microsoft, ever!

This is how they boost their chipset market... by forcing out their competitors.


Edited by SceptreCore: 2/9/2008 02:30:42 PM

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