ONE OF THE STRANGEST things to happen this year was last week's announcement that Nvidia had decided to buy ULI, a designer of PC chipsets. It's a $52 million riddle that, at the moment, may only have answers deep inside Nvidia. But perhaps there are some answers inside ATI too.
There are plenty of conspiracy theories running around. The main one is that nVidia did this just to annoy its chief competitor. ATI has been having problems with its south bridge technology for a while and ULI's chips have been used as a replacement to provide stable motherboards.
But that theory is pretty easy to discount...