Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: NVIDIA to buy core-logic maker ULi

  1. #1
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts

    NVIDIA to buy core-logic maker ULi

    In a move that has taken pretty much everyone in the IT industry by surprise, NVIDIA has announced that it is to buy ULi Electronics - the creator of some of the most innovative core-logic technology found on today's motherboards.

    NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ULi Electronics Inc. (ULi), one of the PC industry’s most highly-regarded core-logic developers. Headquartered in Taipei, ULi also has offices in Hsinchu; Shanghai; Shenzhen; and San Jose, California.

    ULi is recognized for its innovative core logic technology as well as other multimedia and embedded products. The acquisition represents NVIDIA’s ongoing investment in its platform solution strategy, which leverages the acclaimed NVIDIA nForce media and communications processors (MCPs) and NVIDIA GeForce and NVIDIA Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs). Additionally, the acquisition is expected to strengthen the company’s sales, marketing, and customer engineering presence in Taiwan and China.
    Above quote from NVIDIA's press release.

    But what does this mean?

    Check the HEXUS.net: Headline for more details!
    Last edited by Bob Crabtree; 14-12-2005 at 01:15 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  2. #2
    Cable Guy Jonny M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Loughborough Uni
    Posts
    4,263
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    4 times in 1 post
    At least 2 poor chipset manufacturers are now just 1, less stuff to avoid.

  3. #3
    Senior Member kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,173
    Thanks
    1,515
    Thanked
    2,930 times in 2,374 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps
    Very good move by NVidia. ULI were just building up a reputation for innovative products that even threatened NVidia's own chipsets.

    ATI are probably kicking themselves, and ULI shareholders might be wishing they'd held out for some competition between the two.
    Last edited by kalniel; 14-12-2005 at 01:15 PM.

  4. #4
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts
    The article has been updated with views from interested parties in the industry... Check what ATI have to say!
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  5. #5
    Senior Member kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,173
    Thanks
    1,515
    Thanked
    2,930 times in 2,374 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps
    “ATI have a really strong platform and product road map for the future. ATI’s success does not rely on third party technology or expertise”
    Of course.. it's not like motherboard manufacturers have had to resort to using third party chips on ATI boards or anything....

    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2617

    Oops.. is that a ULI chip on the south bridge?

    But wait! ULI are now NVidia.. so crossfire boards do best with NVidia chips!

    (yes, this is slightly tongue in cheek - there is a new ATI chip that will hopefully reduce the need for the ULI chip)

  6. #6
    Moderator DavidM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    8,770
    Thanks
    791
    Thanked
    251 times in 233 posts
    It would be quite entertaining if ATI occasionally still used ULi chipsets.

    But I seem to recall examples of Intel chips being used on AMD motherboards (or vice versa) in the (distant) past...

  7. #7
    Vive le pants! directhex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    /dev/urandom
    Posts
    17,074
    Thanks
    228
    Thanked
    1,027 times in 678 posts
    • directhex's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI X99A Gaming 7
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i7 5280k
      • Memory:
      • 32GiB ADATA DDR4
      • Storage:
      • Corsair Neutron XT 960GB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Twin Frozr 5
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX860i
      • Case:
      • NZXT H440
      • Operating System:
      • Ubuntu 17.10, Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2713HM
      • Internet:
      • FIOS
    there are a lot of ati-uli turion64 laptops about, which cause no end of trouble for linux users (uli chipsets are completely broken under linux)

  8. #8
    Syn
    Syn is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    UK, London
    Posts
    56
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    The reason is simple ULi was saving ATi's ass by providing a decent Southbridge to go with thier ATi's northbridge, we all heard how ATi's SB is lacking on USB and has no SATA2.

    It is very logical that nVidia would buy the company that was saving ATi's current chipsets from being a total flop. Its not suprising its pure logic. Its just another move to make things harder on ATi to gain any more market share.

    Now nVidia will have all ULi's tech and if they choose they can continue selling ULi chipsets and make money from the sales of ATi motherboards.
    TAMGc 2

    - Samsung 17" SM730BF 4ms TFT - Thermaltake Xaser Tsunami Black - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ - Asus A8R-32 Deluxe - Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2PT CL 2-3-3-6 - 2x Western Digital Raptor 74GB S150 (1 For Windows, 1 For Games) - Western Digital Caviar 250GB SE16 (For everything else) - Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS - Sapphire Radeon X1900XT 512MB - Thermaltake PurePower 680W (+12v 14A) (+12v 23A) (+12v 15A) = 52A -

  9. #9
    merlin2001
    Guest
    market reaction is pretty flat. Nvidia opened at $37 and trading around the same at time of writing,
    ..still - i see value in the acq. - $52 Millions not much and gives NVDA access to a fairly innovative product line-up and potentially skills that they will be able to leverage with their own in-house teams to produce good chipsets in the future. assuming they manage the intergration well.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    cmon...the usb performance and sata2 is still a non-factor in the motherboards...when it will be important, ati will have it on on par with the others...oh wait...with the otheR

  11. #11
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts
    I agree, the USB performance just doesn't matter in real world terms... Unless someone can tell me of an application where you'd NEED full USB speeds AND notice the difference?

    (And we're talking something like 19 Mb a second, faster than a DVD stream...)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  12. #12
    Syn
    Syn is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    UK, London
    Posts
    56
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    I agree, the USB performance just doesn't matter in real world terms... Unless someone can tell me of an application where you'd NEED full USB speeds AND notice the difference?

    (And we're talking something like 19 Mb a second, faster than a DVD stream...)
    yea i feel the same way but review sites are giving it alot of stick for it, i dont really care much as long as it works fine. Which is why i wanted to buy Sapphire PI mobo but it just out of my budget at the moment i need the money for X1800XT and a decent AMD X2.
    TAMGc 2

    - Samsung 17" SM730BF 4ms TFT - Thermaltake Xaser Tsunami Black - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ - Asus A8R-32 Deluxe - Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2PT CL 2-3-3-6 - 2x Western Digital Raptor 74GB S150 (1 For Windows, 1 For Games) - Western Digital Caviar 250GB SE16 (For everything else) - Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS - Sapphire Radeon X1900XT 512MB - Thermaltake PurePower 680W (+12v 14A) (+12v 23A) (+12v 15A) = 52A -

  13. #13
    Seething Cauldron of Hatred TheAnimus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    17,147
    Thanks
    798
    Thanked
    2,151 times in 1,407 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    there are a lot of ati-uli turion64 laptops about, which cause no end of trouble for linux users (uli chipsets are completely broken under linux)
    damn software engineers always get this the wrong way round, linux is completely broken under some uli chipsets. Still there damn good imo espuesually when you look at price, just a pitty about linux's hardware management, if only they had some kind of generic layer, that provided, some generalisation and abstraction. That would be useful for this sort of thing!

    But seriously good move by nVidia, company was growing, even if its not a 'partner' move, its a good aquisition.
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

  14. #14
    Senior Member kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,173
    Thanks
    1,515
    Thanked
    2,930 times in 2,374 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    I agree, the USB performance just doesn't matter in real world terms... Unless someone can tell me of an application where you'd NEED full USB speeds AND notice the difference?

    (And we're talking something like 19 Mb a second, faster than a DVD stream...)
    Quite a agree, but what's more important - real world terms, or marketability?

    Sata2 I can especially see as something PC world et al would like to stick on their adverts for systems.

    NVidia are quite happy to bang on about any differing features regardless of how useful they are. We might not be swayed, but how much of the market do we represent?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. What brand should I buy Ati or Nvidia
    By Ford in forum Graphics Cards
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 14-10-2005, 02:54 PM
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-09-2005, 11:47 AM
  3. Teeny Weeny mp3 Player
    By 0iD in forum Consumer Electronics
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-06-2005, 09:37 PM
  4. VIA's PT880 Pro and PT894 Core Logic Preview
    By Steve in forum HEXUS Reviews
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-02-2005, 12:25 PM
  5. Why I wont buy NVIDIA graphics cards
    By SilentDeath in forum Graphics Cards
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 29-04-2004, 01:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •