Las Vegas – Nvidia said today it has gained the licensing rights and
is working in partnership with ARM to develop a CPU based on ARM’s processor
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 today 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, and he cited 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 its shipments over the next few years will far outstrip those based on
the x86 architecture.
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
ARM is a primary supplier of processors in the mobile computing
A time frame for shipping the Project Denver CPU was not