Nvidia Grahpics Problems Turn Into A Circus Of Epic Proportions

You’ll recall that I posted a story about Nvidia having a problem with their mobile graphic chipsets and having to take up to a $200 million charge as a result. Well, here’s a plot twist that I didn’t expect:

  • The Inquirer (an IT news website based in the U.K.) has claimed that “The short story is that all the G84 and G86 parts are bad. Period. No exceptions. All of them, mobile and desktop, use the exact same ASIC, so expect them to go south in inordinate numbers as well. There are caveats however, and we will detail those in a bit.” Click here to read the full story.
  • Ars Technica asked Nvidia to comment on what The Inquirer. Their comment was “As a result, it is very unlikely that your NVIDA based notebook product is affected.” The story then goes on to point out that if the Inquirer claims are true, then Nvidia is comittng fraud. Click here for more.

So, are these chipsets bad or not? I’ll guess we’ll wait and see. If they are bad in huge numbers, it’s a safe bet that $200 million won’t cover it. Or a bunch of execs are going to get perp walked if things go really bad.

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