"Simple enough, right? Well, Huang's assurances haven't stopped the rumor mill from grinding on about the possibility that, deep inside its labs, Nvidia is quietly putting together an x86 processor to compete with Intel. Charlie Demerjian over at The Inquirer says that rumor is currently making the rounds at Intel's Developer Forum.
Similar speculation emerged back in late 2006 when Nvidia purchased Stexar, a start-up led by former Intel engineers. Back then, word was that Nvidia would roll out a CPU-GPU hybrid of its own some time in 2008. Charlie doesn't think such a move would make much sense, though. The graphics firm doesn't have an x86 license, and it could face legal heat from both Intel and AMD if it simply waltzed into the x86 processor market."