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  • Nvidia / intel Settle

    Well it looks like Nvidia and Intel settled out of court. Once again nvidia takes top dog over AMD.

    http://www.fudzilla.com/graphics/item/21503-intel-inks-$15-billion-licensing-agreement-with-nvidia
    Costly marriage of convenience Intel and Nvidia have announced a six-year cross licensing agreement that will cost Intel $1.5 billion over the next five years. Nvidia will receive the first payment on January 18 2011.

    In return for such a generous dowry, Intel will receive access to Nvidia’s full range of patents, while Nvidia will retain use of Intel patents in accordance with its existing six-year agreement with Intel. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.

    Intel general counsel Doug Melamed said that the agreement will put an end to legal disputes between the companies and “preserve patent peace”. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the agreement will signal the start of a new era for Nvidia, which probably means he won’t take any potshots at Intel in the future.

    Although we all knew some sort of an agreement was in the making, the timing of the announcement will surely raise quite a few eyebrows. The past week has seen Nvidia’s stock jump from $15.5 to just over $20 thanks to the Green Goblin’s good showing at CES. Announcing this agreement just a couple of days after the CES dust settled can’t be a coincidence.

    We told you Huang would make a good politician.
    Sorry Q, looks like your predictions of nvidia kicking the bucket this year just are not going to come true. Best part is they don't even have to use the 1.5 billion to bail themselves out.

  • #2
    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    Once again nvidia takes top dog over AMD.
    How so? There was a similar AMD/Intel settlement in 2009.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
      Well it looks like Nvidia and Intel settled out of court. Once again nvidia takes top dog over AMD.

      http://www.fudzilla.com/graphics/item/21503-intel-inks-$15-billion-licensing-agreement-with-nvidia


      Sorry Q, looks like your predictions of nvidia kicking the bucket this year just are not going to come true. Best part is they don't even have to use the 1.5 billion to bail themselves out.
      ... poor intel... they better should buy nvidia completely for that peanut money.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
        How so? There was a similar AMD/Intel settlement in 2009.
        AMD 1.25 Billion vs 1.5 Billion for Nvidia.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
          ... poor intel... they better should buy nvidia completely for that peanut money.
          It would take a hell of a lot more to do that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
            AMD 1.25 Billion vs 1.5 Billion for Nvidia.
            yes... nvidia is better in earning money from nothing than amd.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by deanjo View Post
              It would take a hell of a lot more to do that.
              i'm sure is a mistake for intel not buy nvidia.

              just because intel do not have an GPU and they call a pice of shit a GPU.

              and in the other way arround nvidia is a pice of shit without a CPU and Chipset.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
                i'm sure is a mistake for intel not buy nvidia.

                just because intel do not have an GPU and they call a pice of shit a GPU.

                and in the other way arround nvidia is a pice of shit without a CPU and Chipset.
                Oh you can be sure that you will be seeing nvidia based designs on intels cpu's.

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                • #9
                  1.5b, wow.

                  This will keep Nvidia in the game for quite a while longer.

                  Does anyone know what patents exactly were in question? If Intel starts using nvidia technology on their GPUs/APUs, what will this mean for open source drivers?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    Oh you can be sure that you will be seeing nvidia based designs on intels cpu's.
                    What makes you so sure of that? These kinds of patent cross-license agreements generally have more to do with corporate politics than with actual collaboration.

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                    • #11
                      Reading around this.... Nvidia in the settlement just gave Intel access to the GPU patent portfolio, and got what exactly in return? No x86 license, and if it's simply a "continuation of current arrangements" it doesn't include the newer chipsets. So how is this a remotely good settlement for nVidia?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RobbieAB View Post
                        Reading around this.... Nvidia in the settlement just gave Intel access to the GPU patent portfolio, and got what exactly in return? No x86 license, and if it's simply a "continuation of current arrangements" it doesn't include the newer chipsets. So how is this a remotely good settlement for nVidia?
                        Sounds like to me that they've got more dirt on NVidia than NVidia had on them.

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                        • #13
                          Nvidia is developing its own ARM CPU and is bound to hit Intel's patents sooner or later. They probably love the cash, too.

                          We won't be seeing Nvidia GPUs in Intel's CPUs, so don't get your hopes up.

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                          • #14
                            Nvidia had a licence for all frontside bus cpus, but new Intel chips don't use that anymore. That means the licence would be completely useless. I have got no idea how much Nvidia had payed before, but Intel most likely agreed to the payment because they do not like to spend lots of time with a court case which would lead to a fine, because they have to offer a licence to 3rd parties for that. As the new chips have got integrated gpus basically the time is over for those Nv solutions. Even Apple will use Intel onchip solutions later this year. The only way to get rid of that x86 cpu case is to sell ARM cores combined with a powerful gfx core. Those Tegra (2) chips are definitely interesting - especially since you could use em to produce now Android tablets with hdmi output and Flash support. Android 3 will definitely improve sales of ARM based solutions and Nv has got a nice chip for that. Of course it will still take some time till dedicated gfx chips are superseeded by onchip solutions, so they could still sell those too - but that will most likely be not always the case. Maybe 10 or 20 y later nobody pays a penny for those...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kano View Post
                              Even Apple will use Intel onchip solutions later this year.
                              Don't be so sure of that, at least in a product where it is the standalone offering for graphics.

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