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Intel To Pay NVIDIA Licensing Fees of $1.5 Billion 135

wiredmikey writes "NVIDIA and Intel have agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them and Intel will pay NVIDIA an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees payable in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to NVIDIA's full range of patents."
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Intel To Pay NVIDIA Licensing Fees of $1.5 Billion

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  • by tloh ( 451585 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @07:01PM (#34829720)

    umm...I for one welcome our new GeF-tel overlords?

    I know, I know - but who cares if Microsoft != NVIDIA.

  • No x86 or Chipset. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rahvin112 ( 446269 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @07:09PM (#34829838)

    Look like nvidia finally gave up on getting the x86 or chipset license. Guess the CEO is now going to bet the farm on ARM and Linux and think they can pull it off with closed source drivers! Either that or ARM windows which in my opinion will be DOA. Those patents where nVidia's best hope for an x86 license, Intel appears to have bargained with the bottom line being no x86.

  • by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @07:41PM (#34830154)
    Both ATI and nVidia suck. But it is far better to have the two of them competing with each other to at least pretend to be meeting their customers needs than to have one of them fail leaving us with only a single source for graphics chipsets. Would you really like to see AMD/ATI become the single video card vendor, complete with an AT&T "fuck you, we don't have to care, where else are you going to go?" attitude?
  • by Korin43 ( 881732 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @07:45PM (#34830208) Homepage

    What's wrong with nVidia? They don't provide open source drivers, but they do provide the *best* drivers for Linux. While I'd rather have good and open source drivers, good is a higher priority to me. I guess ATI has been getting better, but I've never had bad experiences with nVidia drivers.

    And it's worth noting that they don't provide open source Windows drivers either and likely never will. Complaining because they don't do more for Linux users than they do for Windows users seems strange to me.

  • by C0vardeAn0nim0 ( 232451 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @07:52PM (#34830282) Journal

    get this: even if windows is better for some stuff, die hard zealots will stick to linux, it's about being open/free source.

    ATI contributes code in the open, even if it sucks, it's preferable (for the die hards) than the better working but proprietary nVidia code.

  • by Yosho ( 135835 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @09:02PM (#34831018)

    Get this: Linux users are a minority, and die-hard zealots are a minority in that minority.

    Most of the people who buy video cards do so either for high-end industrial work or gaming, and the vast majority of those people use Windows and do not care whether their drivers are open source or not.

  • by IYagami ( 136831 ) on Monday January 10, 2011 @09:08PM (#34831086)

    See []

    Some very interesting analysis can be found at: []
    "Remember, Dirk Meyer’s three deadly sins were:

    1) Failure to Execute: K8/Hammer/AMD64 was 18 months late, Barcelona was deliberately delayed by 9 months, original Bulldozer was scrapped and is running 22 months late -I personally think this is not true; Dirk Meyer was AMD's CEO from July 18, 2008 until January 10, 2011; he could not be responsible for K8 nor Barcelona, however Bulldozer...-
    2) Giving the netbook market to Intel [AMD created the first netbook as a part of OLPC project] and long delays of Barcelona and Bulldozer architectures -this is interesting, after Intel has a serious failure with the Pentium 4, it's mobile division is the one who changes everything with Intel Core 2, designed from a mobile perspective-.
    3) Completely missing the perspective on handheld space - selling Imageon to Qualcomm, Xilleon to BroadCom -I think this is the key; no one expected this market to be as successful as it is at the moment-"

This is now. Later is later.