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Thursday, 06 January 2011 14:46

Nvidia appears to be back

Written by Nick Farell

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Thank you Tegra 2

Graphics chip maker Nvidia appears to be back from the dead, despite being written off by many analysts this year.

After its special relationship with Intel fell through and no one was talking its GPU vision seriously, many of us thought that the Green Goblin was toast. However Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly has seen its Nvidia orders increase by 60 per cent mainly because of strong demand for Tegra 2 processors.

According to Digitimes TSMC said that it is having difficulty getting enough of the chips to its customers. Of the increased orders, about half of the volume will be used for Tegra 2, while the remaining will be graphics chips.

Capacity at the TSMC's  12-inch fabs is fully loaded and the outfit is set to expand its 12-inch capacity and expects its monthly capacity to increase from 240,000 units at the end of 2010 to 312,000 units in 2011.

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+7 #1 Blue Fear 2011-01-06 15:04
It's a hot item for tablets and slates but shouldn't fusion be taking up all those android devices at CES?
 
 
+12 #2 TheDude 2011-01-06 15:10
"Nvidia appears to be back", anybody who thought they were toast is in "La LA" land. Nvidia's graphics cards are the fastest and Tegra 2 is getting some serious attention, way to go Nvidia!
 
 
-20 #3 VMB90 2011-01-06 15:26
TSMC sucks !
 
 
+10 #4 Serge 2011-01-06 18:53
Quoting TheDude:
"Nvidia appears to be back", anybody who thought they were toast is in "La LA" land. Nvidia's graphics cards are the fastest and Tegra 2 is getting some serious attention, way to go Nvidia!

I agree in the Tegra 2 processing power. And to think it is basically a pure ARM design enhanced with NVIDIA graphics.

Project Denver should be interesting to see, as NVIDIA enters the CPU-making market without x86
 
 
0 #5 spigzone 2011-01-06 19:50
'Back' just in time to have their ashes hauled in the OEM and low-mid discrete graphics markets by Fusion and Sandy Bridge.

Tegra's about all they have going for them into the future.
 
 
0 #6 Marburg_U 2011-01-06 20:02
Quoting spigzone:
'Back' just in time to have their ashes hauled in the OEM and low-mid discrete graphics markets by Fusion and Sandy Bridge.

Tegra's about all they have going for them into the future.



ho ho ho. Sandy bridge... you cannot even transcode if you have no monitor plugged in.
 
 
+2 #7 Scootiep 2011-01-06 20:19
Quoting spigzone:
'Back' just in time to have their ashes hauled in the OEM and low-mid discrete graphics markets by Fusion and Sandy Bridge.

Tegra's about all they have going for them into the future.


nVidia's just recognizing what their core strengths are. They aren't great for the low to low-mid range of graphics performance. They don't have the major CPU backings of Intel or AMD (for obvious reasons) to compete in this market. They are amazing at the high to bleeding edge of graphics performance and equally impressive in the ultra mobile market with Tegra. It makes sense for them not to compete with Sandy Bridge or Fusion. It'd be stupid at this point for them to. They're going with their strengths and hit a home run. Seems smart to me.
 
 
-5 #8 Jurassic1024 2011-01-06 20:43
Quoting Blue Fear:
It's a hot item for tablets and slates but shouldn't fusion be taking up all those android devices at CES?



Sure, if AMD had non x86 hardware.
 
 
+3 #9 Jurassic1024 2011-01-06 20:43
Quoting Blue Fear:
It's a hot item for tablets and slates but shouldn't fusion be taking up all those android devices at CES?


Sure, if AMD had compatible non-x86 hardware.
 
 
-4 #10 Naterm 2011-01-06 23:14
Quoting Blue Fear:
It's a hot item for tablets and slates but shouldn't fusion be taking up all those android devices at CES?


Not with two big ol' hot x86 cores in it. What's the TDP on Brazos? Probably 9-18W? Tegra 2 has a 150mW-250mW TDP. Brazos is way too big and way too power hungry to be powering highly portable Android tablets.
 

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