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Just what we need, another company with great gpus and crappy cpus...
    
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We need a license... so lets buy a company!

Just buy a license and pay intel royalties. No need to buy a company... or they could use PowerPC or SPARC. For Nvidia This CPU instruction set is not for general purpose CPU's, it is to supplement Video card power with some general purpose computing power, isn't it?

Does Nvidia intend to make CPU's? Or merely add a general purpose instruction set to a video card someday to help with game related processing and take stress off CPU?
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post #13 of 30
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We need a license... so lets buy a company!

Just buy a license and pay intel royalties. No need to buy a company... or they could use PowerPC or SPARC. For Nvidia This CPU instruction set is not for general purpose CPU's, it is to supplement Video card power with some general purpose computing power, isn't it?

Does Nvidia intend to make CPU's? Or merely add a general purpose instruction set to a video card someday to help with game related processing and take stress off CPU?
even if you have a license you'de pay intel royalties, or do you forget how copyright law works?

having the license itself simply allows you to make such chips without a large lawsuit following.
also if you haven't noticed intel isn't the kind of company to hand out licenses.
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post #14 of 30
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even if you have a license you'de pay intel royalties, or do you forget how copyright law works?

having the license itself simply allows you to make such chips without a large lawsuit following.
also if you haven't noticed intel isn't the kind of company to hand out licenses.
the license would be cheaper than acquiring another company...
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post #15 of 30
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the license would be cheaper than acquiring another company...
I don't think it's so simple. VIA didn't get their liscense from Intel either, they ended up with Cyrix. I don't think Intel is giving them out.

BTW guys, nVidia wouldn't need an x86 lisence to just tack a CPU onto their GPU's. The point of it would be to be able to make "real" CPU's that can run windows and windows applications. I believe nVidia wants to be able to compete with AMD on every level.
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post #16 of 30
There must be some way they can simply buy the license from intel as VIA and AMD have.

Or they could just start making the chips and pay out any law suits...
I thought x86 was public domain by now... ridiculous.
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post #17 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by WhiteCrane View Post
There must be some way they can simply buy the license from intel as VIA and AMD have.

Or they could just start making the chips and pay out any law suits...
I thought x86 was public domain by now... ridiculous.
intel wants a monopoly, they are not giving out x86 licenses any time soon.

AMD had to sue for theirs if you didn't know.
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post #18 of 30
intel isn't going to give it up thats why nvidia is take the long road by buying out another company and taking everything they have. since purchasing VIA who has the right to use the license, it would cause less headaches then going str8 to intel. Nvidia could buy VIA and just say hey we only wanted you for the license but keep doing what ever you want as long you make us money. Sorta like rare and MS. Rare makes games for nintendo as well as MS but MS owns them.
    
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post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by xlink View Post
even if you have a license you'de pay intel royalties, or do you forget how copyright law works?

having the license itself simply allows you to make such chips without a large lawsuit following.
also if you haven't noticed intel isn't the kind of company to hand out licenses.
Yeah i think this is the only choice because Intel doesn't want another competitor and hence won't be giving them a license.
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Not that I'm on Intel's side but do keep in mind that Intel did put quite a bit of work on developing the x86 code so it is understandable that they don't want to just give it out to everyone for free. I'm not sure sure that even if Nvidia bought Via that they would automatically acquire the x86 liscense. I remember reading a while back the possibility that Nvidia was thinking about acquiring AMD but that the liscenses cannot be transferred.

I can't even begin to imagine the craziness of how chipsets and graphics cards would be compatible if Nvidia did have their own CPUs as well. How would chipsets and multi-GPU setups work? Only time will tell......
    
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