Nvidia and MediaTek are collaborating on Arm processors: Using TSMC CoWoS package

Earlier reports suggested that both NVIDIA and AMD have chosen to collaborate with Microsoft to provide designs based on the Arm architecture that supports the Windows operating system. This strategic move is intended to more adeptly rival Apple’s Mac products, which employ the Arm architecture SoCs, with plans to debut client-focused Arm processors by 2025.

According to Wccftech, NVIDIA isn’t crafting these Arm processors for client PCs in isolation. Instead, they’ve opted for a collaboration with MediaTek and, intriguingly, will utilize TSMC’s CoWoS packaging for their inaugural product. Rumor has it that the initial batch of these chips, featuring 2.5D packaging, is slated for production in the second quarter of 2024 for testing purposes, with the ultimate aim of penetrating the premium laptop market.

NVIDIA is no neophyte in the realm of SoC development; their Tegra series had a notable tenure, and the similarly crafted Orin series found ample applications in AI and robotic arenas. Furthermore, NVIDIA boasts the Grace Hopper Superchip, a formidable creation that marries the Hopper architecture GPU with the Arm-based Grace CPU. Using NVLink-C2C to interlink the two, it’s tailored for high-performance computing environments.

MediaTek, on the other hand, boasts a rich tapestry of experience in the laptop market, with their Kompanio series chips featuring in a smattering of Chromebook products. Speculation suggests that NVIDIA and MediaTek will collaboratively design the customized CPU segment, while the GPU segment remains NVIDIA’s sole purview, leading many to eagerly anticipate this SoC’s graphical prowess.

In recent years, the rapport between NVIDIA and MediaTek has been unmistakably strong. MediaTek has consistently harbored aspirations to craft high-performance SoCs for PCs, finding in NVIDIA a like-minded ally. At GTC 2021, NVIDIA heralded their budding partnership with MediaTek, and this year, the duo announced plans to provide a comprehensive intelligent cockpit solution for automobiles.