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Nvidia CEO: Z6 Moorestown Won't Be Competitive

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During an interview, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took at jab at Intel's Moorestown chip.

Monday Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said in an interview that he's not buying into the whole "tablets are killing netbooks" buzz. Instead, he envisions a future where both platforms will merge into one device he calls the Leisure Computer. However, until that happens, Nvidia will remain busy supporting both platforms: the Ion 2 that will accelerate netbooks without munching loads of battery reserve, and the Tegra 2 for Android-based tablets and smartphones.

The overall interview covered various topics, from the evolution of the netbook to his take on dual-core netbooks. However, an interview isn't complete without taking a jab at rival chipmaker Intel. When asked on his opinion about the Z6 Moorestown chip, Huang said that it wouldn't be competitive when compared to the Tegra 2. In fact, he said it was impossible.

"You could give an elephant a diet but it’s still an elephant," he said. "And when they think about power they think reducing from 20 watts down to 5 watts down to 4 watts down to 2 watts is really good. But you and I both know that in a mobile phone you need to be in a hundred milliwatts, two hundred milliwatts. So they’re still ten times away. So that’s a big challenge for them."

He goes on to promote the Tegra 2, boasting that it's already superior to Atom from a performance perspective. "And so now we’re already dual-core, and then next year I assume Tegra 3 comes out, and then, you know, here we are increasing performance at a lightning rate and power is incredibly low, so I think it’s going to be tough for them," he said.

To read the entire interview, head here.

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    bogcotton , May 26, 2010 7:33 PM
    How about a tablet sized laptop, but instead of a fold out keyboard, a slide out one?
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    rooseveltdon , May 26, 2010 7:45 PM
    bogcottonHow about a tablet sized laptop, but instead of a fold out keyboard, a slide out one?


    That's actually not a bad idea
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    eyemaster , May 26, 2010 7:44 PM
    Somehow, I'm not really scared for Intel...
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    hameem , May 26, 2010 7:30 PM
    Is this guy a model?? LOL
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    bogcotton , May 26, 2010 7:33 PM
    How about a tablet sized laptop, but instead of a fold out keyboard, a slide out one?
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    JeanLuc , May 26, 2010 7:34 PM
    Jen-Hsun Huang is a fumbling, blustering fool, if he weren't a major shareholder in Nvidia the board would have gagged this guy years ago as what he has to say just makes him and Nvidia look foolish. Anyone remember when he held up that fake card proclaiming it to be the first Fermi to come of the production line? Yeah that one with the wood screws to hold on the backplate.

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    Warsaw , May 26, 2010 7:35 PM
    Toms:

    Can you please link some of Jen-Hsun Huang's head shots? This photo-shoot isn't complete without them!

    P.S. I wonder if the "Tegra 3" can run Crysis?
    (Sorry, had to do it)
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    Zoonie , May 26, 2010 7:38 PM
    Well, for once he is absolutely correct.
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    doron , May 26, 2010 7:44 PM
    From what I've read I got the impression that Intel did reduce idle power to milliwatts...

    Anyway I'm sure Intel isn't stupid enough to dive in the mobile market segment AND make false advertisement about it such as a week long battery without the hardware to back them up (unlike nvidia *cough* Fermi)
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    eyemaster , May 26, 2010 7:44 PM
    Somehow, I'm not really scared for Intel...
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    rooseveltdon , May 26, 2010 7:45 PM
    bogcottonHow about a tablet sized laptop, but instead of a fold out keyboard, a slide out one?


    That's actually not a bad idea
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    anamaniac , May 26, 2010 7:47 PM
    bogcottonHow about a tablet sized laptop, but instead of a fold out keyboard, a slide out one?

    Actually, I like that idea. Patent the idea now!
    WarsawToms:Can you please link some of Jen-Hsun Huang's head shots? This photo-shoot isn't complete without them!P.S. I wonder if the "Tegra 3" can run Crysis?(Sorry, had to do it)

    Tegra 3 running Crysis? We can hope. :) 
    Don't mind running 480x320 solution at absolute minimum settings do you?
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    matt_b , May 26, 2010 7:55 PM
    I swear this guy has a shrine built with Steve Jobs as the centerpiece. That or he stole his playbook on how to keep himself and his company's name in the spotlight. Weather good or hot-air publicity, I'm really starting to get tired of his fart-in-the-wind comments.
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2010 7:58 PM
    The "Leisure Computer", eh? How are they going to get the wide lapels to stick to the Tegra3 die? :) 
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    figgus , May 26, 2010 8:34 PM
    doronFrom what I've read I got the impression that Intel did reduce idle power to milliwatts...

    Well, 5000 milliwatts is still measured in milliwatts, right?
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    nforce4max , May 26, 2010 8:45 PM
    OK Nvidia needs to get it's crap sorted out. This is ridiculous, not every one is looking for a crappy dust in the wind trinket or failtop, some of us have real work and other just want something that is actually going to last. These iPads and androids are just toys (fad at that), they got a great concept but they are pure fail all of them when it comes to getting something out that is worth every nickle and dime that is spent on them. How about something like the HP TC1100 that worked and outlasted most craptops and some desktops. Who needs a heater in the arctic when there is Fermi or summer its hot enough already. Hmm 100+/35+ ambient temps.
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    mobomofo , May 26, 2010 8:50 PM
    leisurecomputerThe "Leisure Computer", eh? How are they going to get the wide lapels to stick to the Tegra3 die?


    rofl.
    They are going to attach the lapels with a pair of cheesy sideburns...
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    joytech22 , May 26, 2010 9:14 PM
    bogcottonHow about a tablet sized laptop, but instead of a fold out keyboard, a slide out one?


    How about after it slides out, the keyboard hinge unlocks, allowing you to use it like a regular laptop?
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    doron , May 26, 2010 9:14 PM
    figgusWell, 5000 milliwatts is still measured in milliwatts, right?


    Actually the Moorestown articles I've read didn't indicate the actual power the chip will use but the details imply that the chip will require close to zero power since it'll almost be shut down completely during idle thanks to a new technology specified in the article. You should read it actually, it's quite interesting
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    Pyroflea , May 26, 2010 10:17 PM
    ZoonieWell, for once he is absolutely correct.


    Couldn't agree more. At this point in time, Intel offers no competition whatsoever towards Nvidia.
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    ta152h , May 26, 2010 10:50 PM
    I hate Nvidia, and will never buy their products, but, I agree with his unstated premise - x86 doesn't work except where there's no real competition.

    On the desktop, you need it, because there's really nothing else around. POWER is nice, but where are the apps you'd want to run? Maybe ARM will challenge in the future, from the bottom up, but for now, they don't.

    But, trying to move the miserably inefficient x86 instruction set to platforms that need efficiency and don't care much about compatibility puts them at a huge disadvantage, and an unnecessary one.

    They could be very competitive if they started from scratch, but the penalty of using x86 leaves them non-competitive.
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    aaron686 , May 26, 2010 10:57 PM
    After seeing what Intel did/is doing to AMD for the past months, they are capable of doing amazing things and no i'm absolutely not scared for Intel as they are strong enough to compete with Nvidia and possibly...High End GPU's to compete with both AMD and Nvidia, future speaking that is.
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    Pei-chen , May 26, 2010 11:16 PM
    He looks like Tony Stark/Iron Man
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