Nvidia Downplays Sandy Bridge Snafu, Praises Intel

Paul Lilly

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Nvidia has been virtually unaffected by Intel's initially flawed 6-series chipset and is still on the same schedule to ship Sandy Bridge-based products, CNet reports. Huang made the comments during a conference call earlier ths week, and in a change of pace from what we've come to expect from the candidly outspoken CEO, he even heaped on a bit of praise for the company he once promised to "open a can of whoop-ass" on.

After reassuring investors that Nvidia has "not experienced a disruption so far," Huang went on to say he thinks "Intel is a doing quite a good job helping everyone cover."

Everyone, including OEMs, were caught off guard by the Sandy Bridge snafu, and Intel was quick to issue a recall. The chip maker later agreed to ship boards to OEMs who promised to only use the non-affected SATA 0/1 ports when configuring systems, and Intel has been scrambling to get updated silicon into the hands of of system builders. Point being, there's truth to what Huang is saying, we just didn't expect it coming from Nvidia. The Nvidia of old -- the one that existed before the two sides buried the hatchet for $1.5 billion and finally hammered out a new licensing agreement -- would have pounced on the Sandy Bridge situation with entertaining sound bites. And now? "Intel is doing quite a good job." Color us a little disappointed.

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