Open up any Mac these days, and you're likely to find an Nvidia graphics processor inside. MacBooks, Mac minis, the cheapest iMac, and the default Mac Pro configs—all of them carry an Nvidia GPU or chipset; sometimes a combination of the two.
Steve Jobs might like Nvidia products, but according to Shuffle Magazine, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang sounds like he enjoys Apple products more. Huang gave a ringing endorsement after a speech at the American University of Dubai, suggesting he uses Macs exclusively at home:
Mr Huang said that in his home they're "all Apple." According to him "Apple uses the best technology for their [computers]. Apple says to their customers: if you buy a computer from us you can be sure we have selected the best technology inside for you. That is their promise to consumers. Their promise to consumers isn't we've selected the best technology for you with the exception of what Intel allows us to use. That's not their promise. And that's why Apple uses the best technology where they want whenever they want. And that's why I'm all Apple! At home it's just Macs everywhere. It's NVIDIA's technology in all of them but I use Macs. My son has two Macs, my daughter has a Mac, there's an extra Mac just in case and my wife has a Mac. It's just Mac, Mac, Mac! Because I know it's got the best stuff inside."
Huang isn't the only one bitten by the Apple bug. When we sat down with two other senior Nvidia executives at Computex this summer, both were running their PowerPoint presentations on MacBooks.
The love affair may not last, though. When Macs start featuring Intel's 32-nm Clarkdale and Arrandale processors next year, Apple will have to use Intel chipsets exclusively, because Nvidia doesn't have a license to build a competing chipset. Perhaps Apple will continue to offer discrete Nvidia GPUs, but those already have direct competition from AMD's mobile Radeons. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)
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