Nvidia, Arm Join On Processor Development
By Doug Olenick On Jan 24 2011 - 5:01am
LAS VEGAS —
Nvidia said at International
CES it has gained the licensing rights and is
working in partnership with Arm to develop a
CPU based on Arm’s processor architecture.
Dubbed Project Denver, the processor will
have an Nvidia CPU running the Arm instruction
set. These will be integrated onto the same
chip as an Nvidia graphics processor unit, said
Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia’s CEO and president.
In addition, Microsoft reported it will support
Arm processors with its upcoming Windows
8 operating system along with other low-powered
processors. Huang said it makes perfect sense for
Microsoft to finally come into the Arm camp.
Huang said ARM is now the fastest-growing processor
architecture in the world, citing a Mercury Research
study that said 9 billion Arm processors will ship by 2014.
“The energy around the Arm architecture is enormous,”
Huang said, adding that its shipments over the
next few years will far outstrip those based on the x86
The goal of the partnership is to allow manufactures to
use Arm processors on a variety of non-mobile devices,
such as personal computers servers and workstations.
Arm is a primary supplier of processors in the mobile
A time frame for shipping the Project Denver CPU was
At International CES, Nvidia also introduced new Ge-
Force GPUs designed for use with Intel’s second-generation
Core processor family.
The GeForce 500M series is designed for mobile
use and will include five processors. Several
PC vendors, including Acer, Alienware, Asus,
Clevo, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Medion, MSI,
Samsung, Toshiba and others announced Ge-
Force 500M-based systems at CES this year.
Designed for performance users, the Ge-
Force GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and Ge-
Force GT 555M feature more than four times
the performance of integrated graphics and
twice the DirectX 11 performance of the competition.
For mainstream users, the GeForce GT
520M and GeForce GT 525M offer more than
twice the performance of integrated graphics.
Other features of the 500M family include:
• Nvidia 3D Vision technology support for eye-popping
immersive 3D environments;
• DirectX 11 support for the most visually stunning
• PhysX physics engine support for experiencing
games with realistic physics effects;
• CUDA architecture support for general purpose
GPU computing applications;
• Nvidia Verde notebook drivers for system stability
and optimal performance; and
• Support for Nvidia 3DTV Play software for delivering
3D content from your PC to a 3D TV.
Another part of Nvidia’s 3D initiative at CES included
launching a 3D online community. NVIDIA 3DVisionlive.com
will allow users to upload, share, rate and view-full
resolution 3D photos and movies.
The site is limited to consumers using the company’s
3D Vision technology.