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Intel and NVIDIA have a common enemy -- the resurgent AMD. The pair are reportedly in talks to settle a long-standing lawsuit and increase their cooperation.  (Source: Anandtech)

AMD is currently crushing NVIDIA in the discrete GPU market and gaining ground on Intel in the CPU market.  (Source: AMD)
Union may represent effort to hold off surging AMD

NVIDIA has new GPUs (the 500 series) -- but so does AMD.  And AMD is currently beating NVIDIA in sales of discrete GPUs. 

Likewise Intel, long having dominated the netbook/light laptop market with its Atom process is concerned about AMD's new "Fusion" accelerated processing unit, which packs a better integrated GPU than atom.  Intel's primary hope to hang on to its market share involves pairing Atom with NVIDIA's ION lightweight GPU at an affordable price.  But Intel and NVIDIA have been involved in a bitter long-standing feud that has resulted in Intel making ION offerings more expensive than its own inferior chipset.

But much like Lex Luthor and Superman occasionally do in the comics, these bitter enemies have found cause to try to set their difference aside, while facing a common threat.  The pair was set to go to battle with each other in a trial starting Dec 6 in Delaware's Chancery Court.  NVIDIA and Intel, though, have asked the court to postpone the trial concerning licensing issues to 2011, buying time for a settlement.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang coyly commented, "We’re always in talks.  Our two companies are always in talks."

The settlement would be advantageous to both firms.  Both have grown weary during the long legal campaign, which has stretched over six years, since being filed in 2004.  The legal battle has been filled with suits and countersuits, with both chipmakers trying to deny each other access to their respective technologies, and alleging breaches of contract.

While Intel is the largest CPU chipmaker and NVIDIA is the world's second largest graphics chipmaker, both companies have missed out on potential revenue that could have come from joint products.

If they can reach a settlement, the quality of desktop hardware could be boosted.  By allowing NVIDIA the right to make chipsets for its new CPUs, something that Intel has currently rejected, consumers could gain access to faster gaming and productivity offerings.  And in the netbook sector the pair could at last offer an affordable ION+Atom platform that would mark a true competitor to AMD's dual-threat "Brazos" Fusion chip.

Is NVIDIA finally ready to put away its "can of whoop-ass"?  We should have an answer to that in weeks or months to come.

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I propose a vote :P
By Homer Jay Simpson on 12/2/2010 1:10:39 PM , Rating: 4
Which company is Lex Luthor, and which is Superman? :)

RE: I propose a vote :P
By amanojaku on 12/2/2010 1:16:53 PM , Rating: 5
Jason used a poor analogy; neither company is "good" or "evil" in the way that Superman and Lex Luthor are. Intel and Nvidia are more like the wrestlers on WWE; faces one day, heels the next, and always looking out for number one.

RE: I propose a vote :P
By HrilL on 12/2/2010 1:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure Intel was and possibly still is Evil. Just ask AMD.

RE: I propose a vote :P
By Mitch101 on 12/2/2010 1:37:11 PM , Rating: 1
I dont believe either company is evil its just difficult for AMD to compete with Intel making one look evil.

Intel - Tons of Cash
Intel - Cutting Edge Fabrication/manufacturing.

AMD - Low Cash
AMD - Globalfoundries/TSMC usually 6-12 months behind Intel.

RE: I propose a vote :P
By HrilL on 12/2/2010 2:45:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think you and who ever down rated me missed this completely. I'm talking about the shady and possibly illegal business practices that Intel was taking part in. This is what makes them Evil. AMD would be a lot better off and possibly never split off their foundries if they would have had access to the OEM market when they had the best chips on the market. Its hard to compete when you're completely blocked from the market... I think they did pretty well with pretty much only the channel market.

RE: I propose a vote :P
By karielash on 12/2/2010 4:20:55 PM , Rating: 3
Fixed :)

I believe Intel is evil and its just difficult for AMD to compete with a company constantly (and found guilty of in multiple countries) acting illegally to block competing products.

Intel - Tons of Cash
Intel - Willing to bribe blackmail or otherwise illegally influence vendors.

AMD - Low Cash
AMD - Globalfoundries/TSMC usually 6-12 months behind Intel.

RE: I propose a vote :P
By dsumanik on 12/5/2010 1:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
I believe Intel should just buy nvidia and be done with it.

They have never been able to release truly competitive graphics technology, and the game has changed now because amd has now shown it is possible to have your cake and eat it too with fusion.

These "peace talks" could be just the start of such a merger, i mean is basically admitting it needs nvidia to be competitive at the moment.

buy em and be done with it... recoup some of the cost of the merger through the stock increase that would happen to nvidia.

(not through insider trading, i just mean how often do you get to purchase something and it becomes MORE valuable )

RE: I propose a vote :P
By carniver on 12/2/2010 1:28:45 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly. Poor analogy, especially considering he said to "Kiss and make up" in the title. Ugh.

Let's say NVIDIA is Intel's biatch :p

RE: I propose a vote :P
By Anoxanmore on 12/2/2010 1:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
More like Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

Even though they fight a lot, at the end of the day they still have lots of love making. :)

RE: I propose a vote :P
By Smartless on 12/2/2010 2:11:06 PM , Rating: 3
But like the previous post says, in the morning someone's wearing the business suit and the other is wearing his underwear outside his tights.

RE: I propose a vote :P
By Homer Jay Simpson on 12/2/2010 5:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
"But like the previous post says, in the morning someone's wearing the business suit and the other is wearing his underwear outside his tights. "


RE: I propose a vote :P
By Kibbles on 12/5/2010 8:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
I would say Intel is Brainiac, AMD is Luthor, and Grodd (the gorilla) is NVIDIA.
Superman is the consumers, whom the above 3 is always trying to rape.

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