News – Nvidia’s general manager of MCP, Drew Henry, recently visited Taiwan to speak with Taiwan PC makers in an attempt to force Intel to open up its Atom platform. This would allow Nvidia’s MCP7A and MCP79 chipsets to work with the Atom processor.
Henry explains that Atom processors have a high price/performance ratio, but feels Intel’s limiting their use in the 945GSE and 945GC chipsets will only limit future development.
Intel has not agreed to the idea, according to Henry. Because of this, Nvidia is attempting to do an end-run around Intel and is negotiating directly with PC makers, hoping that the talks will force Intel’s hand. Henry does not know if Intel will acquiesce or not, but he believes the use of additional chipsets would also help Intel.