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Source: http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60228...6-license.html
After hinting at the possibility of a CPU with integrated graphics last week, the
growing beast that is Nvidia is now apparently eyeing up CPU and chipset manufacturer VIA in order to get hold of an x86 license.

According to DigiTimes, Nvidia has been discussing a possible acquisition with the guys at VIA, but VIA’s price was so high that the two companies didn’t manage to make a deal. As usual, the website cites motherboard makers as its source, claiming that the two companies discussed three possible outcomes. These include a strategic alliance and the acquisition of just VIA’s processor division, as well as the acquisition of the whole company.

Nvidia refused to comment on the rumours to Custom PC, but VIA has told DigiTimes that ‘its main business is still focused on x86 CPUs and chipsets and therefore will not give up these segments.’

Would VIA be a sensible acquisition for Nvidia in order to get hold of an x86 license? Let us know your thoughts.
    
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Pending the price this is a great way to do it. Don't be surprised if Intel gobles up poor VIA though to keep nVidia out of their market.
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Would probably be for the best, at least then VIA would have a integrated card that could compete with Intel. (not every day you hear that)
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Would probably be for the best, at least then VIA would have a integrated card that could compete with Intel. (not every day you hear that)
Yeah. That would be good. I've always wanted a tiny motherboard just to make some mini-pc for fun, but graphics are horrible. With the added resources of Nvidia, this could make some pretty cool products. I hope something good happens.
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Can someone explain what this means to me? What do they mean by an x86 lincense?
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Can someone explain what this means to me? What do they mean by an x86 lincense?
Basically, you need a license to make processors that can process x86 code. An analogy would be how you need a license to reproduce (copyrighted) music. Well not as much as an analogy of the same type of thing in a different circumstance.
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Can someone explain what this means to me? What do they mean by an x86 lincense?
Nvidia will be making processors and have a greater hand in its own chipsets.

nVIAdia anyone?
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Nvidia will be making processors and have a greater hand in its own chipsets.

nVIAdia anyone?
Thats not really the point. They are going to make CPU with integrated GPU that can do some work that the CPU would normally do but since its a GPU it would be many times faster. This means in certain operations said CPU would be immensely more powerful.
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Can someone explain what this means to me? What do they mean by an x86 lincense?
The assembly code that is understood by the processor is owned by Intel. Although far from the best, x86 is very valuable because it is mainstream for PC's. Nvidia would need this license in order to compete with Intel.
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