Whither Project Denver?
The Tegra 4 is a quad core ARM Cortex A15 SoC that comes with a companion LTE soft modem chip developed by startup Icera, acquired last year by Nvidia.
Last year at CES, Nvidia said it planned a family of 64-bit PC processors leveraging Windows 8 as part of a so-called Project Denver, driving systems from laptops to supercomputers. In the past year, Nvidia has kept mum on its plans while Microsoft positioned the ARM-based version of Windows 8, called RT, specifically at tablets.
At an industry dinner late last year, Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang told EE Times
the company “has a good story” about Project Denver and to stay tuned.
Some analysts expected news on Project Denver at CES. More than a half dozen competitors have announced ARM-based server CPUs in the past year.
“Given that 64-bit ARM processors aren't available until 2014, I don’t see big issues with Nvidia not mentioning Project Denver,” said Moorhead. “CES is a show focused on the one year horizon, primarily what is for sale by the holiday of 2013,” he added.
“I wasn't expecting any Project Denver news [due to] it's likely focus on server business, which is not a CES focus, but the lack of a roadmap update was disappointing,” said Krewell.
--Rick Merritt contributed to this report from San Jose.
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