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Is Nvidia devising x86 processor?

11/3/2009 05:00 PM EST
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CharlieCL
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CharlieCL   11/4/2009 8:39:50 PM
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To RobDinsmore: The other components of a console like storage can be done by a south bridge. That is not difficult. NVidia's Fermi has its own instruction set PTX. It is impossible to merge both x86 and PTX. And there are no good reasons for NVidia to build an X86 core inside GPU like AMD's Fusion. Look at all the game consoles: XBox, PS3, Wii, nobody needs x86.

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rick merritt   11/4/2009 8:38:59 PM
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Does Nvidia need x86 now that it has ARM with Tegra?

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RobDinsmore   11/4/2009 2:45:14 PM
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? What? Replacing an entire console with just a GPU? That's insane. A console will still need storage, io and a myriad of other components including some locking mechanism to ensure licensing revenue. Also why would anyone want to have to run Windows on top of some software emulator? I think you meant to say nVidia can integrate X86 instructions into their GPU design to provide a competitive solution to those that will be offered by AMD and Intel in about 2 years. They are both leaning towards CPU and GPU on the same die which would effectively eliminate the need for nVidia unless they adapt. And that would need to be done asap, not in some hypothetical someday when everybody and their brother runs linux.

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CharlieCL   11/4/2009 1:47:29 AM
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Nvidia can implement X86 instruction set as emulation in its GPU. But is this necessary? Someday when GPU can run Linux or OpenBSD, developers can directly design game console by using GPU to replace XBox and PS3. Today the importance of X86 has fade off.

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