Nvidia, Arm Join On Processor Development

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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 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 and workstations.

Arm is a primary supplier of processors in the mobile computing space.

A time frame for shipping the Project Denver CPU was not revealed.

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 gaming experiences;

• 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.


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