Rumor: MediaTek and Nvidia to Collaborate on Development of ARM-Based AI PC Processor

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Sources including Taiwanese media outlet Economic Daily revealed that MediaTek is set to collaborate with Nvidia in the development of an ARM architecture-based artificial intelligence (AI) PC processor. The partnership is expected to be formally announced in the upcoming month, coinciding with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's visit to Taiwan for the Taipei Computer Show on June 2. The new AI processor aims to leverage ARM's architecture to enhance AI computing capabilities on personal computers. The design finalization, or tape out, of the processor is anticipated to occur in the third quarter of 2024, with subsequent verification processes scheduled for the fourth quarter. The processor is projected to have a market introduction price of approximately $300.

MediaTek is a Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company that provides chips for wireless communications, high-definition television, handheld mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers, navigation systems, consumer multimedia products and digital subscriber line services. This collaboration marks a significant step in combining MediaTek's expertise in chipset innovation with Nvidia's strengths in AI and graphics processing technology. The joint development is expected to catalyze advancements in the PC industry by introducing more efficient and powerful AI processing solutions. Additionally, ARM itself is planning to enter the AI chip market with a prototype expected by the spring of 2025. ARM's initiative includes the establishment of a dedicated AI chip department, aiming for mass production of their AI chips by fall 2025, through a contracted manufacturer.

The partnership between MediaTek and Nvidia is part of a broader trend towards incorporating AI technologies directly into the silicon of processors to improve performance and efficiency in various computing tasks. This development is particularly significant for applications requiring intensive computation, such as machine learning and data analytics. The collaboration not only underscores the evolving landscape of PC hardware but also reflects the increasing integration of AI technologies in mainstream computing platforms.

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