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Intel and NVIDIA have announced a six-year, $1.5 billion dollar technology cross-licensing deal that marks the end of a long patent dispute between the two chipmakers. On a conference call this afternoon, NVIDIA representatives described the agreement as a way to extend each company's access to the other's technology.

Intel will pay NVIDIA $1.5 billion over the next six years for access to its patent portfolio, which includes its GPU and supercomputing technology. In addition to the cash, NVIDIA will also get access to parts of Intel's patent portfolio, including patents covering microprocessors and chipsets. However, the deal excludes proprietary Intel x86 designs, and some other areas like flash memory.

If this sounds like a massively big deal for both companies and for the PC industry as a whole, that's because it is.

On the Intel side, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsuan confirmed that Intel could use the licensing agreement to produce a Sandy Bridge successor with an on-die GPU based on NVIDIA technology.

"The cross-licensing agreement allows Intel to integrate NVIDIA technologies and those that are covered by our patents into their CPUs, such as Sandy Bridge, for example," said Jen-Hsuan. "And a cross-license allows us to build processors and take advantage of Intel patents for the types of processor we're building—Project Denver, Tegra, and the types of processors we're going to build in the future."

As for the fabled NVIDIA x86 project, Jen-Hsuan definitively shut that down once and for all, and he did so multiple times.

"We have no intentions of building x86 processors," he stated, before explaining that Project Denver represents the future of processor efforts at NVDIA. "Our intention is to capitalize on the growing popularity of ARM processors... We've always felt that building yet another x86 processor when the world is a-flood with them is a pointless exercise." NVIDIA wants to build "the processor of the future," he said.

Jen-Hsuan repeatedly pointed to the 2004 cross-licensing agreement that NVIDIA entered into with Sony for the development of PlayStation 3 technology as a direct precedent of today's Intel deal. "The Sony agreement has generated more than $500 million in royalties," he said, which makes the Intel deal already three times larger.

"[The Sony deal] is a very similar thing to what we're doing with Intel. There's a lot of products that Intel would like to make that would include our technology and vice versa."

One of the products that NVIDIA will not be making as a result of the settlement is an Intel-compatible chipset. Jen-Hsuan made it clear that the company has stated that it has no plans to produce any more Intel-compatible chipsets, and despite settling the DMI bus licensing dispute that shut NVIDIA out of the Intel chipset market, the GPU maker is sticking to its guns.

With today's announcement coming on the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show, it's clear that the past seven days have been as huge for the PC and microprocessor industries as any in recent memory.
http://arstechnica.com/business/new...ook-for-nvidia-gpu-on-intel-processor-die.ars

This...is exciting. Alot could come of this, the next revolution in processing and graphics design could happen right here.
 
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Well, nVidia is starting to develop their own ARM core processors. I guess Intel wants to be on their side.
 
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As for the fabled NVIDIA x86 project, Jen-Hsuan definitively shut that down once and for all, and he did so multiple times.
Lolled, let's definitively shut down projects once and for all, for multiple times. how do they come up with this crap
 
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Well seeing as ATI is leading the current Direct X performance race i am eager to see how Nvidia will hit back with new stuff coming from this deal :p
 
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Well seeing as ATI is leading the current Direct X performance race i am eager to see how Nvidia will hit back with new stuff coming from this deal :p
What?

How is that?

NVIDIA has almost 2x the performance in DX11 that ATi has. ATI has the best bang for your buck, that is true, but in terms of raw power, it's NVIDIA, especially with their dual GPU coming out.
 
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Indeed, NVIDIA has leapt back on top for the moment.
 
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What?

How is that?

NVIDIA has almost 2x the performance in DX11 that ATi has. ATI has the best bang for your buck, that is true, but in terms of raw power, it's NVIDIA, especially with their dual GPU coming out.
Not to mention AMD/ATI's horrid driver support and issues...

Here's wondering that with the patents that have been granted to intel whether or not htey'll actually use them to improve their craptastic gpus. They need to in order to compete with AMD's GPUs which put Intel's gpus to shame in terms of performance in just about anything, especailly since ATI specialized in GPUs for quite a while (But again, doesn't take way from the fact their drivers are horse crap)
 
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What?

How is that?

NVIDIA has almost 2x the performance in DX11 that ATi has. ATI has the best bang for your buck, that is true, but in terms of raw power, it's NVIDIA, especially with their dual GPU coming out.
2x the performance? Most benchmarks show differently when you pit the 580GTX against a 6970.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-radeon-hd-6950/13

I've got a 6950 currently, plan to get a second one in a few months time, they scale really well in crossfire.

Not to mention AMD/ATI's horrid driver support and issues...

Here's wondering that with the patents that have been granted to intel whether or not htey'll actually use them to improve their craptastic gpus. They need to in order to compete with AMD's GPUs which put Intel's gpus to shame in terms of performance in just about anything, especailly since ATI specialized in GPUs for quite a while (But again, doesn't take way from the fact their drivers are horse crap)
I've never had a problem with AMD or nVidia's drivers in years.

However, this cross-licensing agreement doesn't mean Intel will be building nVidia-esque IGP's.
It just allows Intel to build an IGP that may or may not use some of nVidia's patents. (nVidia has allot of them from being around for a long time making chippies and from when it acquired 3dfx.)

It's just like how Intel wouldn't be allowed to build a 64bit CPU if it wasn't for the cross-license agreement with AMD.

Now... If Intels Sandy Bridge is anything to go by... Intel's IGP offers more performance per transistor than nVidia or AMD has managed to do, take for example...
Sandy Bridges IGP consists of 114 million Transistors and sometimes out-performs a Radeon 5450 (Sometimes looses by a large margin).
The Radeon 5450 has 292 million transistors for comparison.
However a chunk of that transistor budget may be the memory controller, Tessellator, UVD and such so it's not a direct and fair comparison, but it can be safely said that Intel has managed to get similar performance for about half the transistor cost.

The main issue for Intels IGP's is drivers though.
Intels track record of decent drivers in the past for it's graphics solutions is pitiful at best, but performance wise at-least they are improving fairly rapidly, but they still make AMD and nVidia's drivers look like they are gold plated.
Now I hope Intel can build themselves a decent IGP for Atom... The GMA 3150 sucks hardcore in my tablet.
 
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And you gave a link to DX9 / DX10 Benchmarks only? It's Crysis. They have BC2 & Dirt 2 there, but not Uniengine..

 
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bear in mind as well, AMD/ATI have already said that the 570 is their target opposition with the 6970 card, as the 6990 will likely be their dual processor card.

also bear in mind you can buy a 6950 and unlock all of everything the 6970 has just by tweaking the bios. AMD made the cards identical, just clocked them differently in their bios lol.
 

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