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Nvidia CEO: A 'great tablet is better than a cheap PC'

As the previously lucrative PC market continues to crumble, Nvidia is looking to embrace mobile computing, and it is talking up tablets as replacements for cheap PCs. But given Apple's dominance with the iPad, nothing is certain.

November 9, 2012

Chips are everywhere. Processors are in your PCs, laptops, servers, cars and every gadget you can think of. In addition, the processor market is shifting---especially in the mobile market. Key trend: Graphical processing units. Key players include Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments among others.

April 14, 2010 by

CyberPower first to announce gaming PCs with new Nvidia Fermi graphics

With Nvidia set to officially launch its new Fermi graphics card architecture tonight, CyberPower is making sure it's first with its announcement of desktops that will come with the new cards. Not surprisingly, the company's lines that will sport the latest Nvidia cards—Black Pearl, Black Mamba Fang Series and Gamer Xtreme 3D—are the same that are rocking the new Intel Core i7-980X six-core processor.

March 26, 2010 by

Psystar debuts Blu-ray, Nvidia 9800GT before Apple

If you're keeping track at home: Psystar 2, Apple 1.Psystar, that squirrely manufacturer of OS X-compatible PCs, has begun shipping PCs with Blu-ray disc drives and the nVidia 9800GT graphics card - before Apple's own debut of the components in their own computers.

October 29, 2008 by

New Nvidia software mimics TiVo

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia announced that software for recording TV programs on a PC will now ship with PC graphics cards based on its GeForce4 line of chips. The Personal Cinema software allows PCs equipped with a TV signal to record and replay programs using detailed programming guides available over the Internet. The functions are similar to stand-alone personal video recorder such as the TiVo. --David Becker, Special to ZDNet News

June 26, 2002 by

Nvidia revamps Quadro chips

Leading graphics chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday launched new versions of its Quadro chips for workstations, high-end PCs used for drafting, animation and other graphics-intensive tasks. The release of the Quadro4 family of chips follows by two weeks Nvidia's release of the GeForce4 family of chips for desktop and laptop PCs. While Nvidia has established a firm lead in PC graphics chips, the much smaller market for workstation products is more mixed, with specialists such as 3Dlabs accounting for much of the higher end of the market. PC manufacturers announcing plans to support the new Nvidia chip included Compaq Computer, which said it will offer versions of Quadro4 throughout its line of Evo workstations, and IBM, which will use the chip in its IntelliStation M Pro workstations. --David Becker, Special to ZDNet News

February 19, 2002 by

Samsung renews memory deal for Xbox

Samsung Semiconductor plans to announce Monday that it has renewed its contract with Microsoft to supply memory chips for the company's Xbox game console. Such long-term supply agreements are particularly valuable in the turbulent memory-chip industry, which saw manufacturers selling dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips below cost for much of last year just to keep factories open. Risto Puhakka, an analyst at semiconductor research firm VLSI Research, said that even though memory prices are starting to recover, it is to Samsung's advantage to lock in orders now. "The long-term contracts present a number of benefits in that suppliers can plan much more efficiently," he said. "You're not in the position of dealing entirely with the spot market." The Xbox contract also helps Samsung, a leading maker of memory, to diversify. Each Xbox console uses 64MB of high-speed double-data rate (DDR) DRAM, half of what one finds in the average PC. However, the PC industry is slogging through its worst downturn ever, while game console sales are rising rapidly. "It shows Samsung is selling into other areas besides PCs, and I think that's to their advantage," Puhakka said. Microsoft sold 1.5 million consoles from mid-November, when the Xbox went on sale, through the end of 2001. Microsoft projects worldwide shipments of 4 million to 6 million units for its 2002 fiscal year, which ends June 30. Besides Samsung, major component suppliers for the Xbox include Nvidia, which makes the graphics processor and a custom multi-function chip for the console, and storage makers Western Digital and Seagate, which make the hard drives used in the console.

January 22, 2002 by

Hercules strikes 3D deal with ATI

Hercules, the European graphics card maker, and 3D chip company ATI announced a tie-up on Thursday that will give ATI's products greater visibility for European consumers, while giving Hercules the ability to manufacture its own graphics cards using ATI technology. The deal is a boost for ATI, which is locked in heated competition with rival chipmaker Nvidia in the 3D graphics business. ATI and Nvidia both make the graphics accelerators that are coveted by gamers, and are also used in most PCs and laptops. Under the partnership, Hercules and ATI plan to develop a range of graphics products for European consumers. Hercules will exclusively carry ATI's All-in-Wonder products, which combine graphics acceleration with PC-TV and digital video recording capabilities, in European retail and distribution channels. Hercules said it will incorporate ATI technology such as the Radeon 8500 chip into its 3D Prophet range. --Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK

January 10, 2002 by

Nvidia preps new GeForce3 graphics cards

Graphics chip maker nVidia will boost the power of its top-of-the-range GeForce3 graphics processor with new versions within the next six weeks, according to sources close to the company. Several new versions of the GeForce3 graphics processor--widely regarded as one of the fastest available for mainstream PCs and Apple Macs--are expected.

September 3, 2001 by

Nvidia takes a crack at PCs

After grabbing the top spot in the graphics chip market, Nvidia is looking to grab more of the real estate on the PC motherboard.

June 4, 2001

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