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Nvidia Said to Take On Intel in Tablet Computer Chips

Nvidia Corp., the maker of chips for computer graphics cards, is working on a microprocessor for tablet devices that would directly compete with Intel Corp. products, two people familiar with the matter said.

Nvidia has a team of engineers developing chips that could be used by computer makers instead of Intel, said the people, who declined to be identified because the project hasn’t been made public. Nvidia began working on a tablet chip after an earlier effort to create laptop processors didn’t pan out, the people said. Those chips weren’t cheap enough to compete with Intel’s Atom chips, according to the people.