Skip to main content

Nvidia CEO Denies VIA Investment Rumors

Late last month we caught wind of a rumor that said that Nvidia was planning to pick up a sizable portion of a private placement of up to 300 million shares of VIA Technologies.

Now, according to a Digitimes story, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is denying that the GPU maker is planning on investing in VIA Technologies.

Some sort of cooperation between Nvidia and VIA is natural, as the second generation Ion platform will support the VIA Nano (as well as the full Intel line). Huang said that’s as far as the relationship goes at the moment.

With all the rumblings that Nvidia could be looking to get into the x86 CPU market, it’s hard to ignore what VIA could add bring to the table. Still, it’s to be expected that executives from either company would be tight-lipped on any sort of deal, if there was one to begin with.

With both CPU and GPU demand looking bleak after a dismal late 2008/early 2009, Huang said he’s holding a conservative outlook on the industry despite signs of recovery. Economic factors undoubtedly play a role in any business moves Nvidia could make.

Either way, VIA is putting up its shares for the taking, so we’ll know more by VIA’s investor’s meeting in June at the latest.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • JeBuSBrian
    You guys are professional writers. Learn to proof-read.
    Reply
  • scook9
    if intel wants to keep controlling the cpu market...they should buy the shares. I like competition, but from intel's point of view, it is best for them to buy the shares themselves.
    Reply
  • scook9
    we know that they can afford it
    Reply
  • If Nvidia smart, better stay away from VIA. VIA is nothing but baggage addition to the company. Unless, VIA has 64 bits extreme low power ultra fast CPU that well under-wrap from us all.
    Reply
  • outacontrolpimp
    scook9if intel wants to keep controlling the cpu market...they should buy the shares. I like competition, but from intel's point of view, it is best for them to buy the shares themselves.
    if intel needed to buy it, im sure they would. If they dont buy it, im sure they are thinking about other plans. x64 systems are much more pupular now, and possibly they might add a newer one in the future.
    Reply
  • what happened to AMD's x86 license?

    Go Nvidia, Go Via!
    Bring that ultra durable, windows compatible mininotebook on the market!
    Reply
  • Marcus Yam
    scook9if intel wants to keep controlling the cpu market...they should buy the shares. I like competition, but from intel's point of view, it is best for them to buy the shares themselves.Intel has to operate as a business though, so it wouldn't make sense to invest in a company that you think won't be profitable.
    Reply