FiringSquad: How will NVIDIA resources help ULi engineers do more?
FiringSquad: Why don’t you introduce yourself to our readers?
Drew Henry: My name is Drew Henry. I am the general manager in charge of the MCP product group here at NVIDIA.
FiringSquad: How long has the ULi deal been in the planning?
Drew Henry: Our discussions with ULi have gone on for many months.
FiringSquad: What are the strengths that ULi will bring to NVIDIA?
Drew Henry: The acquisition will significantly enhance NVIDIA's core logic/MCP design team and overall business. It will also significantly strengthen NVIDIA's sales, marketing, and customer engineering presence in Taiwan and China, critical business and engineering hubs for the PC industry. In addition, NVIDIA will acquire a suite of products and technology that are complementary to our current MCP business. NVIDIA will also be able to leverage ULi's world class team for the design of future NVIDIA products.
The ULi team is excellent. Our plan is to merge them into our NVIDIA engineering organization that is responsible for building all our nForce products. Our nForce MCP business is growing very rapidly. We now have a complete line up of discrete motherboard products for the Intel market and ship more AMD desktop products than any other company. We are also the largest supplier of PCI Express-based core logic for AMD Opteron servers and workstations and include HP, IBM, and Sun as users of our NVIDIA nForce Professional products. In 2006, you will find our NVIDIA nForce products shipping in top notebooks as well. As you can see, we have grown quickly and plan to continue to do so. Adding the talented ULi team to our business will help us deliver our new products.
FiringSquad: Will NVIDIA’s core logic teams be split between Taiwan and the US?
Our MCP engineering organization already has design centers in the US and India. We will use the ULi acquisition as the catalyst to build our Taiwan center. Taiwan is a very important location as it is the center of global motherboard development.