This should really push VIA processors to the forefront of many consumers if NVIDIA chooses to terminate the ION platform on Intel processors. These VIA processors are technically superior to the Intel Atoms.
Hopefully this deal goes through because we'll see a lot better competition to this Intel dominated market.
Well, the x86 license is like non transferable so I don't think nVidia can buy VIA outright, but they can buy a controlling share. It would be interesting to see what comes from this. I think that AM2 and AM3 are open platforms so it would be interesting to see a VIA designed CPU on an nVidia AM3 motherboard. We shall see what happens with everything.
Well I know that the HT protocol is open so I guess VIA could use whatever new fangled socket they wanted, just as long as the CPU used HT protocol to connect to chipsets nVidia developed to use with AMD CPUs. Well that and as long as it had an integrated memory controller. VIA with a 750a chipset anyone?
When ever nVidia gets their fingers into anything, support for the legacy brand products promptly stop. For example, when 3dfx was bought out, driver support vanished for anything labled 3dfx. When they bought out ULI, it was the same story with the chipsets.
[citation][nom]allenpan[/nom]again who has VIA plateform anymore? beside[/citation]
I have a Mini ITX board by VIA with a VIA CPU on it. This is installed in my car and runs the entertainment, GPS, and a few other gadgets... all off a mere 100 watts (including the touch screen).
I was thinking of updating to something newer since what I have is over 4.5 years old, but now that nVidia is clawing in, I may have to wait until after the transition for fear of no support on legacy products.
[citation][nom]shabodah[/nom]I can't believe Nvidia didn't buy Via as soon as the AMD/ATI deal was finalized. Intel has a long history of screwing its partners, so no one should be surprised about this latest attempt of theirs.[/citation]
You can never trust a company that has the majority of the market share if you plan to partner, obtain a license, etc from them.
[citation][nom]jerreece[/nom]All I have to say is, that it'd be nice to have three choices in CPUs. Would be very good for overall competition. I will say though, I probably won't be buying a first generation nVidia CPU when they come out. I'd rather wait until the bugs and such get worked out.[/citation]
There has almost always been three or more choices of x86 chip makers.
Personally, I would like it if Nvidia kept their claws off of VIA. I usually don't side with a company that has a reputation of tearing an acquired company apart (Microsoft and EA are the main two coming to mind). To be honest, I am surprised at how well AMD has done with ATI. They have kept the name and brand well alive and invested in a healthy manner. I can just see Nvidia on the road to a monopoly in ten years time. They have been going after (or attempting to) companies at a rather rapid rate these past several years.