Friday, 02 September 2011 20:51

External graphics still happening

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Nvidia mobile boss claims
Rene Haas, general manager of Nvidia’s notebook division, was kind enough to offer us a cup of Starbuck’s coffee at Nvidia’s headquarters, and talk about some of the company’s mobile plans.

He was energized with the success of his group, as Nvidia got more than 200 design wins on Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform. Last time we met Rene, almost a year to the day, he mentioned external graphics and hinted that Nvidia might go down that road, a road less travelled.

He didn’t mention much more than that,  he merely said that Nvidia was still working on it, so stay tuned for an update. Thunderbolt connectivity was mentioned in the conversation, giving us the impression that this might the connection of a choice, but this was not confirmed by Nvidia’s mobile boss.

We got a feeling that we might see this external graphics materializing in 2012 and with 28nm Nvidia mobile chips, but this is not something we got confirmed or denied at this time.

The bottom line is, external graphics with Nvidia chips inside are happening, something that might be the future for a number of Nvidia add-in-board partners who might end up selling external graphics, as the desktop graphics market dwindles. EVGA, Gainward, Asus, MSI, XFX, TGT and other usual suspects might resort to selling notebook external cards.

This sounds like a decent model for the future and one of the ways AIBs could maintain their revenues at reasonable levels. Also, bear in mind that AMD pioneered external graphics three years ago with XGP and it is still in the game. Sony’s Vaio Z, introduced last May, offers optional AMD external graphics via Thunderbolt.
Last modified on Friday, 02 September 2011 21:44
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+11 #1 saneblane 2011-09-02 21:47
Nvidia better plan their steps carefully, as one miss step and AMD might become the market leader with discrete gpus. they gained more than 16 percent last year, and are now sitting at 40 percent market share. if they gain another 16 then their goes Nvidia to number 2.

And the rumors am hearing this sounds like it's going to be reality by this time next year
+13 #2 dew111 2011-09-02 22:03
Lol, XFX doesn't make Nvidia cards anymore. Way to pay attention.
+9 #3 bardenck 2011-09-02 22:22
Quoting dew111:
Lol, XFX doesn't make Nvidia cards anymore. Way to pay attention.

+8 #4 pogsnet 2011-09-03 02:29
Quoting dew111:
Lol, XFX doesn't make Nvidia cards anymore. Way to pay attention.

Maybe Fuad also forgot to mention Sapphire and Powercolor too. Fuad always make article out of his imagination.
-1 #5 JEskandari 2011-09-03 11:42
well if discrete graphic market fall i guess
it affect both NVIDIA and AMD Partners the same

by the way I always hear that XFX don't make any
more NVIDIA card but when you look at the net
sometimes you'll find something like this

so you think they still produce a limited amount
of NVIDIA cards for some selected markets .
0 #6 godrilla 2011-09-03 15:11
If laptops had upgradable discrete and powerful gpus I would buy it, but upgadeable discrete and powerful are missing from the equation for now.

Lol I had an xfx gts 8800 in sli back in the day it was garbage then I upgrade to an EVGA 8800 ultra what a beast that was
And ever since buy only EVGA.
+10 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-09-03 15:26
Nvidia is more diverse than AM DOO DOO. They will not be effected by the downturn in GPUs as the DOO DOO machine.
-18 #8 dan 2011-09-05 10:47
Warrior: it's AFFECTED, with an 'a'. Your spelling gets a D-.

Typical intelligence demonstrated by Nvidia trolls. See also: anything written by Fuad.
-10 #9 BorgOvermind 2011-09-05 14:35
Design wins are irrelevant.
Fermi had a lot of them an totally failed in the practical part.
-11 #10 nECrO 2011-09-06 06:14
Quoting Warrior24_7:
My mum is more infected than a crack addicted trollop. I too am infected. Possibly from the same source.

Sorry to hear that. Have you tried creams???

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