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NVIDIA President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang  (Source: eetimes.com)
New NVIDIA/ARM partnership code-named Project Denver, targets PCs and supercomputers

NVIDIA, makers of the powerful Tegra 2 dual-core processor, yesterday at CES announced a partnership with ARM -- code-named "Project Denver" -- to build ARM-based CPU cores that could power PCs, servers, and supercomputers.

"With Project Denver, we are designing a high-performing ARM CPU core in combination with our massively parallel GPU cores to create a new class of processor," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA, in a press release.

In fact, the project entails the NVIDIA CPU running the ARM instruction set, fully integrated on the same chip as the NVIDIA GPU. In addition, NVIDIA has obtained the rights to develop its own CPU cores based on ARM's future processor architecture. While the Tegra 2 combines two Cortex A9, NVIDIA now has also licensed ARM's Cortex A15 for future Tegra models.

"This marks the beginning of the Internet Everywhere era, where every device provides instant access to the Internet, using advanced CPU cores and rich operating systems," Huang said.


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By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 11:15:32 AM , Rating: 2
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gpu's don't seem to follow in the footsteps of modern cpus at all.


I don't know if you're talking about desktop GPUs or Tegra's market, but modern desktop GPUs throttle down to use VERY little power compared to previous generations.

The 6970 uses about 20W at idle and the GTX 580 ~30W. Do you think the X850 and 6800 Ultra were capable of this??? There's no reason not to think Nvidia and AMD will continue to push this down in future generations.


By tastyratz on 1/6/2011 2:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
impressive, I was not aware they throttled down that much. I typed Amd instead of nvidia buy accident, but I retract my previous statement


By mindless1 on 1/8/2011 12:48:48 AM , Rating: 2
It's a bit apples:oranges if you consider that a progressive improvement, the power consumption reduction is mainly due to lowering frequency and voltage, something that would have been relatively easy to do years and years ago and would have been if developing the tech had been important in keeping the average power consumption envelope lower on their higher end, high profit parts.

Remember when several hundred dollar AGP video cards used only 40W peak and that was considered a lot at the time?


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