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Carmack: Nvidia's Project Denver Will Be Good

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 47 comments

John Carmack seems to like Project Denver.

As previously reported last week during CES 2011, Nvidia excited all of us with news that the company would be using an ARM design to create a CPU/GPU hybrid dubbed as Project Denver. Currently Nvidia already has hands-on experience using ARM-based designs for its Tegra chips, however this new processor will "usher in a new era for computing" for PCs, servers, supercomputers and beyond.

"ARM is already the standard architecture for mobile devices," said Nvidia's chief scientist Bill Dally. "Project Denver extends the range of ARM systems upward to PCs, data center servers, and supercomputers. ARM’s modern architecture, open business model, and vibrant eco-system have led to its pervasiveness in cell phones, tablets, and other embedded devices. Denver is the catalyst that will enable these same factors to propel ARM to become pervasive in higher-end systems."

id Software mastermind John Carmack seems equally excited about Nvidia's Project Denver, enough so to show his support via Twitter. "I have quite a bit of confidence that Nvidia will be able to make a good ARM core," he said. "Probably fun for their engineers."

Given that Nvidia is taking such a huge leap forward in creating its CPU/GPU processor, it's probably good to know that the highly respected designer behind the DooM, Quake and Wolfenstein series has their support. It will be interesting to see what Carmack and id Software does in the future in regards to support for the new Project Denver hardware.

In other ARM-related news, sources at Taiwanese laptops makers claim that AMD is currently working on GPUs to support the ARM architecture. The drawback is that AMD's pace is slower compared to the success of Nvidia's current Tegra 2 hotness. "AMD will be able to change the ecosystem and score points in the global notebook market if it moves faster," sources said.

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    polly the parrot , January 14, 2011 12:26 AM
    At least they have a normal name for a chip now.

    Lookin forward to it, and I'm loving my 580 Tri-SLI with liquid cooling :) 
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    campb292 , January 14, 2011 12:32 AM
    Nvidia is awesome. I enjoy seeing Carmack's name surface as he approves technology others are contributing. Is Carmack going to contribute anything this decade? Has Been!
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    jkflipflop98 , January 14, 2011 12:43 AM
    campb292Nvidia is awesome. I enjoy seeing Carmack's name surface as he approves technology others are contributing. Is Carmack going to contribute anything this decade? Has Been!


    Let's see a list of your contributions, asshat.
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    burnley14 , January 14, 2011 1:05 AM
    campb292Nvidia is awesome. I enjoy seeing Carmack's name surface as he approves technology others are contributing. Is Carmack going to contribute anything this decade? Has Been!


    Dude, this decade's only 13 days old. Cut him some slack :) 
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    phatboe , January 14, 2011 1:16 AM
    jkflipflop98Let's see a list of your contributions, asshat.
    he contributed that post which is more than most =0
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2011 1:26 AM
    "It will be interesting to see what Carmack and id Software does in the future in regards to support for the new Project Denver hardware."

    John Carmack says that he likes stuff all the time, it doesn't mean he's going to put any effort towards supporting it commercially. He "big ups" various Linux projects all the time, but he sure hasn't done much for Linux to date.
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    gsacks , January 14, 2011 2:47 AM
    campb292Nvidia is awesome. I enjoy seeing Carmack's name surface as he approves technology others are contributing. Is Carmack going to contribute anything this decade? Has Been!

    I sense sarcasm, but since you brought it up, the decade is already two weeks old. Where is Rage II for iOS?
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    dEAne , January 14, 2011 5:53 AM
    I like this quote, "AMD will be able to change the ecosystem and score points in the global notebook market if it moves faster." this is quite true.
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    henydiah , January 14, 2011 6:35 AM
    market CPU/GPU will boom ! ARM NIVIDIA / APU AMD ?
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2011 6:57 AM
    phatboehe contributed that post which is more than most =0


    Actually, the current decade began on January 1, 2010.
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2011 6:58 AM
    burnley14Dude, this decade's only 13 days old. Cut him some slack


    ^^Wrong quote before, fail.
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    woshitudou , January 14, 2011 7:06 AM
    burnley14Dude, this decade's only 13 days old. Cut him some slack


    Carmack wants to sell his software and right now it's selling on mobiles so this is in his interest. There are already arm producers so nvidia should just focus on what they're good at.
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    scoobydooX64 , January 14, 2011 8:09 AM
    One thing we saw in microchip sector last year was ARM completely caught Intel off-grad.Now AMD with their APU and new ARM support and Nvidia entering to the CPU sector with ARM core left Intel and precious X86 in cold.Finally Intel caught up in their own jug.
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    henydiah , January 14, 2011 8:14 AM
    so i wait for bechmark review
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    archange , January 14, 2011 9:39 AM
    We were expecting CPUs from nVidia for at least 5 years now, but due to Intel's patents and licensing, this was never going to happen on x86.

    In light of this, let me just say that Windows committing to ARM is ABSOLUTELY HUGE! Ladies and gentlemen, I foresee bright futures ahead, because Windows on ARM means gaming on ARM. And where gaming is, geeks follow. Can't freaking wait to ditch ye ole' x86.

    Here's to change!
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    molo9000 , January 14, 2011 9:51 AM
    The Macintosh ecosystem was moved from PowerPC to x86 successfully, why shouldn't such a move work for Windows?
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    mrmotion , January 14, 2011 10:08 AM
    jkflipflop98Let's see a list of your contributions, asshat.


    Asshat, good call! Im still mopping the mountain dew off my keyboard
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    demonhorde665 , January 14, 2011 10:34 AM
    polly the parrotAt least they have a normal name for a chip now. Lookin forward to it, and I'm loving my 580 Tri-SLI with liquid cooling



    since when is denver a normal name ???? LOL Denver is my first name , and in all 31 years of my life i have only known one other person with that name LOL
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    house70 , January 14, 2011 10:55 AM
    Alright, Carmack.. now go back to your iphone games before Steve finds out about this.
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    tommysch , January 14, 2011 11:19 AM
    Quote:
    highly respected designer


    The early 1990s called and they want their respect back.
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