Nvidia CEO goes to Taiwan to secure G80 supply
Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's CEO, has taken a trip back to his native island of Taiwan in order to secure supply from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in preparation for the upcoming G80 launch, DigiTimes reports. Judging by the front page of Nvidia's GeForce LAN 3 site, the G80 graphics processor will be introduced on November 7 or November 8. According to DigiTimes, Huang wants to make sure G80 supply will not be hampered by ATI's orders of chips based on 80nm process technology (such as the RV570 used in ATI's Radeon X1950 Pro.) TSMC currently handles about 90% of Nvidia's supply, the site's sources say, and the Taiwanese foundry also takes care of a large chunk of ATI's production. TSMC has confirmed that its CEO will meet with Huang, although official details about the meeting were not disclosed.