During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, NVIDIA announced that their “Project Denver” was moving forward, and that they would be focusing some attention on building an ARM core. In a recent tweet, gaming legend John Carmack told the world that he believes NVIDIA “can make a good ARM core.” It’s a mild vote of confidence for NVIDIA, but even a small one like this from Carmack is a step in the right direction.
NVIDIA is not a stranger to using ARM, as the company is already using an ARM-based design for their Tegra chips. However, the difference in Project Denver, is that NVIDIA will be using an ARM design to create a new GPU/CPU amalgamation. It’s a new step forward for NVIDIA, and it’s good to see someone like Id Software’s John Carmack pulling for them.
In his tweet, Carmack also mentions that it’s “probably fun for their engineers.” It will probably be some time before NVIDIA shows off the first fruits of Project Denver development, but it will be interesting to see how the CPU/GPU hybrid stacks up against the competition in the future, and whether or not industry leaders like Carmack and Id Software support the new hardware.