Nvidia boss Jen-Hsun Huang has said that the graphics company will focus on its ARM-based Tegra designs in the future, rather than try and reboot its x86 chipset business.
"Our CPU strategy is ARM," Huang told CNET. "ARM is the fastest growing processor architecture in the world today. ARM supports Android best. And Android is the fastest growing OS in the world today," he said.
Due to a legal dispute with Intel, Nvidia has been locked out of the x86 chipset business that was once a backbone of its product line-up and Huang said that he doesn’t expect to return to it.
"They (Intel) have disrupted our chipset business. The damage has been done. We've been out of the chipset business for well over a year, so if this got resolved we're not expecting to ramp back up the thousand engineers that we had working on chipsets."
Tegra is where it’s at now for Nvidia, though we’re still waiting for Tegra 2 tablets to appear on the market.
On Thursday Nvidia posted its second quarter results indicating that it has made a net loss of $141million, having made a loss of $105.3 million the year before. Part of this is down to an additional net charge of $193.9 million that it had to make over severe problems with GPUs supplied to many manufacturers.
It also cited reduced demand for its high-end parts and the general economic downturn. After all, when things are tight cash flow wise, you’re less likely to speed £300 on a graphics card.