NVIDIA's New P4 Chipset
The Inquirer waxes philosophical over NVIDIA's recent cancellation of their C60 nForce IGP for the Intel platform. Given the somewhat questionable solidity of the company's C51 GeForce 6100/6150 chipsets on the AMD front, it is possible that there were a few too many issues with the Intel counterpart. However, it is also entirely possible that the recent acquisition of ULI was largely intended to solve this very problem. If I were to take a shot at this, I'd bet that the Intel chipset costs were a bit too high for the market's liking and that the chipsets resulting from the adoption of ULI will result in cheaper chipsets that see a much higher adoption. Then again, that's just my $0.02.
During its last conference call, Nvidia's CEO confirmed that the company cancelled its C60 Pentium 4 chipset project. That was supposed to be the Geforce 6150 and 6100 for Intel but as Nvidia lost Intel chipset deal to ATI, it decided to can the chipset.
I guess that it was much more than just a loss to ATI and we suspect that this chipset had some problems that they just could not override. You don't cancel a chip that has cost you millions of dollars for nothing. But, to be fair, perhaps it was a strategic decision.
So maybe ULI can make a good chipset for the Intel market as Nvidia is happy with the AMD end of its business. Nvidia desperately needs an entry level Pentium 4 chipset as this is where the money is.