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Nvidia Considering AMD's Globalfoundries

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Nvidia is considering a relationship with AMD/ATI spin-off company, Globalfoundries.

Recently Expreview sat down with Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder of Nvidia, and discussed a round of hot topics that included the company's relationship with Intel and AMD, its stance on VIA, and even its take on Larrabee, Intel's upcoming GPU with general purpose computing. But the surprising little tidbit of news stemming from the interview was the revelation that Nvidia is currently in talks with Globalfoundries, a spinoff manufacturer from Nvidia's rival, AMD/ATI.

According to Expreview, Huang previously said that Nvidia was working on three models based on 40nm. Despite this, there were reports that TSMC had problems with 40nm yields. During Computex, TSMC supposedly fixed the issue, and reported that it expects to ship GPUs based on the revised 40nm process soon. However, Expreview asked if Nvidia planned to seek another OEM similar to Globalfoundries.

"Globalfoundries is a leading silicon foundry with advanced and outstanding processing technology," Huang said in the interview. "We’re seriously evaluating and discussing about the possibilities of working with them. As to TSMC, we do regard it as a world-class silicon OEM with flexible strategies. We’re working very closely together."

Along with a possible partnership with Globalfoundries, Huang reiterated that Nvidia doesn't have plans to enter into the CPU market, nor does it have plans to acquire VIA. As for the company's loss in Q1, Huang blames the weak demand on the global economic recession. He also said that Nvidia did extremely well in Q3 2008, but when the market condition changed in Q4, Nvidia found itself over-stocked. He said that this massive amount of product--along with the recession--actually influenced Q1 2009 sales figures.

"But now, we've reduced the inventory greatly to lower the risk," he added.

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    marraco , June 17, 2009 10:06 PM
    [Nvidia found itself over-stocked]

    ... but not enough to cut GT280 prices to afordable levels...
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    computabug , June 17, 2009 8:46 PM
    "But now, we've reduced the inventory greatly to lower the risk," he added.

    That really gives me the confidence to buy Nvidia.
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    starryman , June 17, 2009 8:55 PM
    Monopoly.
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    jonpaul37 , June 17, 2009 8:56 PM
    Anyone else think that Jen-Hsun is manic-depressive?




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    apache_lives , June 17, 2009 9:12 PM
    business is business

    computabug"But now, we've reduced the inventory greatly to lower the risk," he added.That really gives me the confidence to buy Nvidia.


    NEARLY OUT OF 8800GT/8800GTS/9600GT/9800GT/9800GTX/9800GTX+/GTS250 GPU's!
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    Ciuy , June 17, 2009 9:43 PM
    hey, 8800GT/9800gt/250gts = same stuff so in all

    "NEARLY OUT OF 8800GTs" .

    nvidia hasnt made a new gpu for 2 years, same stuff just slightly improved.
    From my view the 250 is a 8800gt on steroids.
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    marraco , June 17, 2009 10:06 PM
    [Nvidia found itself over-stocked]

    ... but not enough to cut GT280 prices to afordable levels...
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    mlcloud , June 18, 2009 1:14 AM
    Yeah, that last line was just asking for a bunch of people to jabs at it.
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    archange , June 18, 2009 7:30 AM
    Quote:
    marraco:

    [Nvidia found itself over-stocked]

    ... but not enough to cut GT280 prices to afordable levels...[/unquote]

    Well, yeah :) 

    But I think it ultimately depends on manufacturing costs for that behemoth of GT200, as well as company marketing...

    And on to the topic, it's hardly surprising that nVidia is considering working with Globalfoundries, as the latter's job is to mass produce silicon from contracting partners. Hek, even Intel could employ them :D  (that'll be the day, AMD waiting in queue for the production lines to be able to manufacture its processors)
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    archange , June 18, 2009 7:32 AM
    [/unquote] - oh that was smart...

    Tom's, please add the damn edit button!
    Now where's the damn coffee!!!
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    drunknmunkys , June 18, 2009 1:09 PM
    archange[/unquote] - oh that was smart...Tom's, please add the damn edit button!Now where's the damn coffee!!!


    You know you can go into the News part of the forums and edit your post there.

    They took our coffee machines away at work to save money :( 
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    GAZZOO , June 18, 2009 1:12 PM
    But the surprising little tidbit of news stemming from the interview was the revelation that Nvidia is currently in talks with Globalfoundries, a spinoff manufacturer from Nvidia's rival, AMD/ATI.

    This Globalfoundries is it owned by AMD/ATI or does Globalfoundries own some of AMD/ATI. And if so would it realy produce product for the Compony that has been rivaling it since the year dot
    But then again Nvidia didnt get to where it is now by shere invention and technologe they had to buy out and take over the componies that had the patens and brains to make what they wanted, they have been useing or deeling with AMD/ATI for years but then there are these laws out to combat monopolization so AMD/ATI had to. So I supose that Nvidia if it wanted to use Globalfounderies to make a fare serperior product to trounce AMD/ATI with its own compony or resorse compony that would be the way to do it as for product superiority I think from the articles I have read here on toms that they are pritty even although ATI is far ahead in new tec wisebut Nvidia has its Driver backing that has always backed up there product
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    zodiacfml , June 18, 2009 2:21 PM
    globalfoundries should operate and act independently, Intel is watching. even more, TSMC still produces chips for ATI and nvidia.
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    thegh0st , June 18, 2009 5:47 PM
    Ciuyhey, 8800GT/9800gt/250gts = same stuff so in all "NEARLY OUT OF 8800GTs" .nvidia hasnt made a new gpu for 2 years, same stuff just slightly improved.From my view the 250 is a 8800gt on steroids.

    I thought the 9800 GTX+ and GTS 250 were the same. Plus aren't they 55nm and the others are 65nm? I don't really think those two cards compare to an 8800 GT or a 9800 GT. the 8800 GTS might be a closer comparison but even that card at least runs better than the GT cards.
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    deltatux , June 18, 2009 8:19 PM
    I don't see why people would be surprised that NVIDIA might use GLOBALFOUNDRIES for chip production. Although AMD still has interest in the company doesn't mean jack squat as GLOBALFOUNDRIES is now its own company free to get into any contracts it pleases.
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    apache_lives , June 18, 2009 9:24 PM
    Ciuyhey, 8800GT/9800gt/250gts = same stuff so in all "NEARLY OUT OF 8800GTs" .nvidia hasnt made a new gpu for 2 years, same stuff just slightly improved.From my view the 250 is a 8800gt on steroids.


    ummmm durr thats what i ment by my post - read it again
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    roofus , June 19, 2009 2:16 AM
    Nothing wrong with shopping for a better contract manufacturer. The thinking may be that GF can do a superior job. What is good for GF is good for AMD so this is interesting to say the least. Certainly there will be some sort of nastygram coming from Intel on the whole ordeal in a matter of a couple of days if talks are already taking a serious tone for Nvidia GPU manufacturing. Just a way to keep GF chugging along full blast even if CPU sales go stale if it resonates.
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    randomizer , June 19, 2009 4:27 AM
    CiuyFrom my view the 250 is a 8800gt on steroids.

    Or you could just say it's an 8800GTS, or 9800GTX, or 9800GTX+. All are true for the most part. Mind you the GTS250 is an amazing card from a business perspective. Same old tech and people who bought the older cards are buying the exact same thing with a higher price tag!
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    Anonymous , June 19, 2009 1:16 PM
    OH NO! NVIDIA IS FAILING... DO I CARE... NOPE!!!

    ... Oh what that mister 4870 you have very potent powers... yEs YoU dO ^__^