NVIDIA CEO In Taiwan To Secure TSMC Capacity For DirectX 10-Compliant GeForce 8800
NVIDIA CEO Huang Jen-hsun is in Taiwan to make sure that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will have sufficient capacity for the production of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), reportedly the world's first graphics chip that supports DirectX 10, according to sources with Taiwan's graphics card makers.
With GeForce 8800 expected to be unveiled in November, Huang wanted to make sure that production of the graphics chip will not be affected by competitor ATI's bookings for TSMC's 80nm capacity, the sources claimed. About 90% of NVIDIA's production is outsourced to TSMC, the sources indicated.
Huang is eager to get a head start on the G80 because ATI's DirectX 10-compliant R600 may not hit the market until the first quarter of 2007, the sources said. The G80 stands a good chance of seeing strong demand in the high-end graphics-chip markets during the Christmas shopping season, the sources added.
TSMC confirmed that company CEO Rick Tsai will meet with Huang, but declined to reveal any details of their upcoming meeting, citing client confidentiality.
NVIDIA said Huang comes to Taiwan regularly every year to meet with the company's employees. Huang will also meet with Tsai to exchange opinions concerning mutual cooperation, and will reaffirm that the partnership between the companies will remain unchanged, according to NVIDIA.
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