Near enough anyone tech savvy enough to know what nVidia is, also knows that it makes two things: graphics cards and motherboards. If recent rumours hold true, though, that might not remain the case for very long. According to a few sources the company is set to drop its chipset business and no nVidia chipsets means no nVidia motherboards.
Apparently this decision stems from a loss of support from motherboard manufacturers. Supposedly in a recent meeting, nVidia asked its board partners if they still wanted to make products built around nForce chipsets and didn't get the rousing chorus of support that was doubtless hoped for.
Some credence is lent to these claims based on the recent problems over Intel's forthcoming X58 chipset, that which will be sitting in Nehalem motherboards. In order to add SLI support to Intel's platform nVidia is supplying its nForce 200 chip leading motherboards manufacturers stuck deciding whether to completely change the layout of the boards in order to accommodate the chip. As this gets ridiculously hot cooling solutions need to be reworked too hardly making adopting SLI support with the Intel chipset a compelling option.
Why nVidia would go to the trouble of gaining a QPI license from Intel just to throw in the towel on motherboards is a question for the ages. Hopefully the issue will be clarified post haste.
We've just heard from nVidia on the subject and can assure you that, as I rather suspected, the company has absolutely no intention to stop manufacturing chipsets. In fact, contrary to rumour, it has several products set to be announced "in the near future". It doesn't seem an unreasonable stretch to imagine more information on those will be available at nVision at the end of this month.
Die, rumour, on wingéd feet...