Nvidia has recently reached an agreement with Intel and received a Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) license enabling the company to design chipsets for Intel's next-generation platforms, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Nvidia will only launch solutions for entry-level and mid-range motherboards supporting socket 1160 CPUs (Lynnfield) initially. Whether this is because Nvidia is not very optimistic about the potential of the high-end market in the early stages, or a restriction imposed by Intel to make sure it gets to enjoy the lion's share of the enthusiast socket 1366 CPU (Bloomfield) market is unclear at this stage.
Both Intel and Nvidia declined to comment regarding their future products or strategy.
In other news, Nvidia has announced that motherboards based on Intel's X58 chipset (Tylersburg) supporting Bloomfield CPUs will be able to support SLI technology through the inclusion of its nForce 200 chip (BR04). This is a similar arrangement to the one currently seen in Intel's Skulltrail motherboards.
This is a significant licensing win for Intel, making it the only one of the three main x86 chipset makers who will be able to offer support for both SLI and AMD's Crossfire multi-GPU technologies (not mention its own Larabee technology when it eventually launches too) although it is possible not all board makers will choose to pay the extra cost for the nForce 200 chip.
Nevertheless, three of Taiwan's top-four motherboard makers: Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), and Acer have already said they are likely to release X58 SLI boards.