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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 12:55

Investors not keen on Nvidia’s computing plans

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ARM market too contested
Despite Nvidia’s great showing at CES and a series of important design wins for Tegra 2, investors are starting to see beyond the hype.

Tegra 2 is one of few dual-core mobile parts available today, and Nvidia is also expected to launch the much more powerful Kal El by the end of the year. However, analysts are starting to express their doubts about Nvidia’s ambitious plans.

Despite a good showing in the days following CES, Nvidia shares have lost quite a bit of value in recent weeks. Investors are cautious and fully aware that Nvidia will face stiff competition from the likes of Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and other ARM players. In addition, Google’s Honeycomb was delayed. Worse yet, Honeycomb tablets are not the iPad killers some hoped for. Most are quite pricey and they are now pitted against Apple’s new dual-core iPad 2.

In addition, Nvidia is hoping to introduce Project Denver, a new architecture aimed at HPC and super-computer builders. CEO Jen Hsun Huang believes Nvidia will manage to increase its computing market six-fold in the near future. He stressed that the personal computing industry is no longer Nvidia’s primary focus. Huang also hinted that Kal El could power next generation notebooks and it’s clear Nvidia will do its best to aggressively enter the new market.

Of course, the entire market is limited in terms of OS compatibility, but Nvidia and other ARM chipmakers are looking forward to new Microsoft operating systems, which could level the playing field and offer a much broader market for the ARM architecture. However, all this is a few quarters or years down the road and in the short term ARM chips will remain reserved for specific markets only.

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+29 #1 pogsnet 2011-03-09 13:38
ARM to replace PC is very ambitious move. It has a possibility but too thin. first you need softwares that supports it, if Microsoft can create an OS, you also need apps and games to make it complete. All in all that may take a decade to harness its potential. But then the X86 is moving to high efficiency area where ARM and highly efficient X86 cpu will collide.

ARM could be an alternative to small gadgets but on demanding stuffs it is next to impossible.
 
 
-56 #2 dan 2011-03-09 14:00
ARM certainly has the potential to push up into notebooks and PC.

But NOT with Nshittia. Their execution is legendarily piss-poor, just look at the abomination that is Turdgra 2.
 
 
+20 #3 STRESS 2011-03-09 14:12
I most say I seldom agree with financial analysts but I think in this case they are right. nVidia is definitely gambling there a lot and with a maniac person on the top of the company this can end in serious pain
 
 
-18 #4 Super XP 2011-03-09 15:45
Investors not keen on Nvidia’s computing plans? What's new, NVIDIA's been falling behind for months to years now. Not sure where their loyalties lie but it's not for the consumer. I think it’s about time the Board of Directors force NV’s current CEO out w/out bonus pay and put somebody that’s actually smart in charge, so they can once again bring NVIDIA back into profit and competition territory.
 
 
+7 #5 godrilla 2011-03-09 19:36
Microsoft already announced windows 8 will be compatible with ARM chips. This is the only card Nvidia can play to enter the CPU world, and so they are playing it hard! It is crucial for Nvidia's growth. I believe i read somewhere that project Denver is compatible to Maxwell chips.

So far Microsoft has 2 important partners in Windows 8 ( Nvidia, and Nokia)
 
 
+14 #6 Regenweald 2011-03-09 20:20
It really seems like a shot in the dark, but nvidia really has no other choice, AMD and Intel APUs are going to end the low end discreet market and severely shrink the mid range leaving only upper-mid, high and ultra-high end discreet graphics markets. Nvidia HAS to create a new market for itself or face irrelevancy in a few years....
 
 
-8 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-03-09 22:45
I am going to buy some Nvidia stock when they drop the 590. The stock is overpriced and is really valued at $18! When it drops to that its a good buy. It'll improve when the Terga 2 devices start to take hold, and they will since they're the best ARM chips out there!
 
 
-12 #8 Super XP 2011-03-10 02:03
Interesting how I get so much negative for stating facts lol, anyway good luck NVIDIA.
Quoting Super XP:
Investors not keen on Nvidia’s computing plans? What's new, NVIDIA's been falling behind for months to years now. Not sure where their loyalties lie but it's not for the consumer. I think it’s about time the Board of Directors force NV’s current CEO out w/out bonus pay and put somebody that’s actually smart in charge, so they can once again bring NVIDIA back into profit and competition territory.
 
 
+2 #9 rickster 2011-03-10 04:44
Quoting Super XP:
Investors not keen on Nvidia’s computing plans? What's new, NVIDIA's been falling behind for months to years now. Not sure where their loyalties lie but it's not for the consumer. I think it’s about time the Board of Directors force NV’s current CEO out w/out bonus pay and put somebody that’s actually smart in charge, so they can once again bring NVIDIA back into profit and competition territory.


Yeah...a board full of members who have ridiculous pockets and knowledge about business finds it ridiculous that the CEO wants to expand the companies portfolio and possibly their revenue.

You really think the decision to try ARM didn't go through the board first? Are you seriously that ignorant?
 
 
+3 #10 bunker 2011-03-10 09:00
Quoting Warrior24_7:
I am going to buy some Nvidia stock when they drop the 590. The stock is overpriced and is really valued at $18! When it drops to that its a good buy. It'll improve when the Terga 2 devices start to take hold, and they will since they're the best ARM chips out there!


lol i always thought you were a child of 12 yo. this is awkward
 

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