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Nvidia's ''Project Denver'' is to Make a PC CPU

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Nvidia is making a desktop CPU.

Nvidia's known to all of us as a graphics specialist, but there's been constant talk that it wants to get into the CPU business. For a while there were rumors of the company looking into making an x86-compatible processor, but at CES today Nvidia announced that it will be entering the processor market through a different standard – ARM.

Nvidia plans to build high-performance ARM-based CPU cores, known internally under codename "Project Denver". While thus far the ARM technology has been confined to smartphone and tablets, Project Denver is designed for heftier applications for PC, servers, workstations, and supercomputers.

"ARM is the fastest-growing CPU architecture in history," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "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.

"ARM's pervasiveness and open business model make it the perfect architecture for this new era. 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," he said.

Nvidia will create a CPU running the ARM instruction set and integrate it with a GPU. This will put Nvidia in direct competition with AMD's Fusion CPU/GPU combos and potentially even against Intel with its integrated graphics in its new Core and upcoming Atom processors.

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    techcurious , January 6, 2011 8:28 AM
    But... I don't understand what ARM CPU technology has to do with an "Internet Everywhere" era... Can't such an era develop just as easily without ARM CPU's? And wouldn't a successful ARM based CPU integration with nVidia graphics be useful in many other sollutions too? I just don't see the relation between the two points. Perhaps I do not understand what Internet Everywhere really means.
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    lashabane , January 6, 2011 8:46 AM
    I think it's interested and I wish Nvidia well. The more CPU makers the more competition = win for us consumers/prosumers.
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    ImagineTek , January 6, 2011 8:58 AM
    I wouldn't worry about not understanding the thinking of Jen-Hsun Huang, trust me you're in good company. He could just purse his lips and move his finger over the top of them for all the sense he seems to make sometimes, it seems to work for Steve Ballmer very well :) 
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    joytech22 , January 6, 2011 9:08 AM
    Awesome news, the more companies making the same product the lower the prices will get bwahaw.

    Just wish Intel would give Nvidia a x86 license, but Intel doesn't like competition..
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    juliom , January 6, 2011 9:21 AM
    Should they succeed, they will be confined to Linux based systems, I don't think Microsoft will port Windows 7/8 to ARM anytime soon.
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2011 9:30 AM
    Juliom, this may interest you:

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/jan11/01-05SOCsupport.mspx
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    tmk221 , January 6, 2011 9:32 AM
    juliomShould they succeed, they will be confined to Linux based systems, I don't think Microsoft will port Windows 7/8 to ARM anytime soon.


    actually windows 8 is going to be arm compatibile, there was an article about that here on tom's hardware
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    juliom , January 6, 2011 9:34 AM
    Sorry, did not know about that :p  But you still have the issue of ARM compatible applications, not just the OS itself.
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    Tamz_msc , January 6, 2011 10:11 AM
    ARM needs a significant boost in performance before it can compete with x86 CPUs.
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    alidan , January 6, 2011 10:16 AM
    this will be good for a portable console, or a phone, but arm is severly under powered for anything else, sadly
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    geekapproved , January 6, 2011 10:22 AM
    I guess when you get run straight out of the chipset business, where else can you go?
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    geekapproved , January 6, 2011 10:22 AM
    AMD was really smart buying ATI. Now we know Intel would have just shut them out like they did Nvidia.
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    stingstang , January 6, 2011 10:46 AM
    Looks like somebody's getting froggy.
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2011 10:59 AM
    interesting combine say a 4 core /8 core arm cpu and a gf580 and let the graphic card do most calculation and it will be interesting ,isn´t Amd planning something like that to?
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2011 11:02 AM
    "While thus far the ARM technology has been confined to smartphone and tablets,"
    actually, ARM was initially designed for PCs, a long time ago (google Acorn Risc Machine).
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    willgart , January 6, 2011 11:24 AM
    juliomSorry, did not know about that But you still have the issue of ARM compatible applications, not just the OS itself.


    You din't watch the Microsoft keynote yesterday...
    they demonstrate Windows 8 on ARM (and others) technologies. Office 2010 need to be recompiled to support this CPU, but there are other applications working without any change.
    And its fast!!!! :) 
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    hajila , January 6, 2011 11:26 AM
    Allow me to translate. Internet Everywhere is code for, hey everyone likes that Internet right? Well you're going to love this CPU! It's similar to how a salesman who's wiping out will ask if you would catch a life saver if your were drowning just to get you in agreement again. I'm guessing he must be a much better engineer than a marketer. That aside, I'm very excited to see Intel having a prospect of competition. They've been dragging their feet far too long. Where's my 5Ghz already?
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2011 11:33 AM
    Windows 8 will run on ARM processors – a natural home for Silverlight?

    http://www.itwriting.com/blog/3572-windows-8-will-run-on-arm-processors-a-natural-home-for-silverlight.html

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/jan11/01-05SOCsupport.mspx
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    rhino13 , January 6, 2011 11:37 AM
    Wow this is some serious not news!
    Anyone know what Tegra is? Oh wait that's right, an ARM based CPU!

    Let me know when they start making games for ARM. Till then this is no more news than Motorola making a PowerPC CPU.
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