Microsoft is probably laughing as AMD speculates the unlikelihood of Intel buying NVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2011 - 12:57 PM |
Tagged: amd, Intel, nvidia

In some sort of bizarre voyeuristic hardware love/hate triangle AMD, Intel and NVIDIA are all semi-intertwined and being observed by Microsoft. Speaking with The Inquirer the VP of product and platform marketing at AMD, Leslie Sobon, stated that there was no chance that Intel would attempt to purchase NVIDIA as AMD did with ATI.  AMD's purchase was less about the rights to the Radeon series as it was taking possession of the intellectual property that ATI owned after a decade of creating GPUs and lead directly to the APUs that AMD has recently released which will likely become their main product.  Intel already has a working architecture that combines GPU and CPU and doesn't need to purchase another company's IP in order to develop that type of product. 

There is another reason for purchasing NVIDIA though, which has very little to do with their discreet graphics card IP and everything to do with Tegra and Fermi which are two specialized products which so far Intel doesn't have an answer for.  A vastly improved and shrunken Atom might be able to push Tegra off of mobile platforms and perhaps specialized SandyBridge CPUs could accelerate computation like the Fermi products do but so far there are no solid leads, only speculation.

If you learn more from your failures than your successes then Intel knows a lot about graphics.

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"CHIP DESIGNER AMD believes that it is on a divergent path from Intel thanks to its accelerated processor unit (APU) and that Intel buying Nvidia "would never happen"."

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June 17, 2011 | 08:51 AM - Posted by Jeff (not verified)

After the Intel chipset fiasco, I can never see nVidia being bought by Intel, they've got too much pride. And Jen-Hsun Huang seems like the type of guy that would really like to stick it to Intel from keeping them from making chipsets on their platform. That's why you see them aggressively making SoCs, and very popular ones at that. They are in a PRIME position for the next decade as just about everything goes mobile, a market in which Intel has only failed iterations of Atom while nVidia is hitting it out of the park.

June 17, 2011 | 02:28 PM - Posted by Rabiator (not verified)

Does NVidia really have something that Intel needs?

According to reviews of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, the integrated graphics are quite good and can challenge even cheap discrete graphics cards. Scaling that technology up as needed might be cheaper than paying billions(?) for NVidia.

So, something else? And what?
Intel already makes its own chipsets which are to be quite good too (except for the recent USB oops). So I guess that leaves Tegra, and that seems not enough reason for buying NVidia...

June 30, 2011 | 12:04 PM - Posted by Masud Ahmed (not verified)

The news of Intel purchasing NVIDIA is great news for the Intel users. pet insurance

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