Nvidia and Intel have been at times partners and at other times opponents. Things have been a little tense when it comes to the chipset arena, and it could get even hotter when Intel graphics are more commonly integrated with its CPUs.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang already has some choice words against Intel. From the sounds of it, he must have been doing victory fist pumps when Apple decided to go with Nvidia chipsets for the current generation of MacBooks.
In fact, during a visit to the AmericanUniversity of Dubai, Huang told participants of his current computing preference.
Mr Huang said “Apple wants to differentiate. So inside your MacBook is a NVIDIA chipset. Because Apple wants to build fundamentally different computers than just the Intel platform. They want to add value.”
Mr Huang said that in his home they’re “all Apple.” According to him “Apple uses the best technology for their [computers]. Apple says to their customers: if you buy a computer from us you can be sure we have selected the best technology inside for you. That is their promise to consumers. Their promise to consumers isn’t we’ve selected the best technology for you with the exception of what Intel allows us to use. That’s not their promise. And that’s why Apple uses the best technology where they want whenever they want. And that’s why I’m all Apple! At home it’s just Macs everywhere. It’s NVIDIA’s technology in all of them but I use Macs. My son has two Macs, my daughter has a Mac, there’s an extra Mac just in case and my wife has a Mac. It’s just Mac, Mac, Mac! Because I know it’s got the best stuff inside.”