Nvidia diversifying to the CPU business is an ancient rumour, which recurs with every generation or two. No surprises then, that a version of the same rumour – that Nvidia is developing an x86 CPU - has been doing rounds on the internet over the last week.

In an interview with CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has outright denied the rumour, with a “No.”. Mr. Huang goes on to say “Nvidia’s strategy is very, very clear. I’m very straightforward about
it. Right now, more than ever, we have to focus on visual and parallel
computing”.

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Nvidia diversifying to the CPU business is an ancient rumour, which
recurs with every generation or two. No surprises then, that a version
of the same rumour – that Nvidia is developing an x86 CPU - has been doing rounds on the internet over the last week.

In an interview with CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has outright
denied the rumour, with a “No.”. Mr. Huang goes on to say “Nvidia’s
strategy is very, very clear. I’m very straightforward about
it. Right now, more than ever, we have to focus on visual and parallel
computing”.

Ever since the inception of Globalfoundries from AMD’s fab business, another persistent rumour is Nvidia moving at least a portion of fabrication away from TSMC to Globalfoundries. In fact, in June this year, Mr. Huang said Nvidia were “seriously evaluating” Globalfoundries. A month later, further rumours of Nvidia’s woes with TSMC’s 40nm process emerged, adding further fuel to rumour of a possibility of moving fabrication to Globalfoundries.

However, in the latest interview, Huang squashed another rumour – Nvidia will continue with TSMC. “Globalfoundries is an AMD fab, right?” he said. “Globalfoundries is AMD’s fab. Our strategy is TSMC.”

If TSMC’s future processes continue to be troublesome for Nvidia, perhaps they will have no choice but to move to Globalfoundries. But, till then, Nvidia GPUs will be fabricated by TSMC.

And, no x86 CPUs from Nvidia either. At least not in the foreseeable future.

Reference: CNET