Friday, 30 January 2009

Interview with NVIDIA's Jensen Huang (and some books)

I just came across this entertaining interview with Jensen Huang. I particularly love this quote: "Q: Jeffrey Katzenberg is giving effusive testimonials for Intel’s Larrabee graphics chip. A: You and I don’t know what Larrabee can do. It doesn’t exist. If you pay for Katzenberg’s compute farm, he will tell you your lawnmower is great for making movies. " The interview was done by Dean Takahashi, who also wrote the book "Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft's Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution", which I only recommend if you're really into games consoles and high-tech folklore. While we're on the subject of nerd books, I also just read "The Race for a New Game Machine: Creating the Chips Inside the XBox 360 and the Playstation 3", which all about the IBM/Sony/Toshiba project to develop the Cell processor. It's no "The Soul of a New Machine" (which the authors credit in the intro), and it doesn't really cover the subsequent total lack of success of Cell outside the PS3, but it's somewhat interesting if you're into chip design. It also reads like their publishers tried to turn it into a management book half way through, which is a shame.

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