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Intel will possibly acquire NVIDIA

Reuters speculates Intel is set to acquire NVIDIA. The speculation arose when NVIDIA’s shares rose 8% to $30.62 on the NASDAQ. Approximately 20 million shares were traded according to Reuters. Intel representatives declined to comment while NVIDIA representatives were unavailable. Bill Lefkowitz, options strategist, vFinance Investments believes Intel will make the announcement tonight.

This is still speculation at the moment as NVIDIA was deemed too expensive to purchase.The article claims:

Some observers said that they doubt Intel would buy NVIDIA because it's too expensive. The company has a stock market capitalization of about $10 billion, which means it would demand a far higher price than what AMD is paying for ATI.

Nevertheless, if the acquisition were to happen it would be interesting to see what Intel has in store for NVIDIA, as Intel holds the majority of the graphics market.  Intel’s primary competitor, AMD, previously acquired ATI Technologies -- NVIDIA’s primary competitor. The proposed AMD and ATI merger is nearing its final stages at the moment.

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RE: this doesn't make much sense
By yusuf on 10/5/2006 1:11:57 AM , Rating: 3
and intel has been in the process of recruiting graphics engineers.

and one must consider what nvidia will gain out of this deal. it will definitely lose its market share in the AMD chipset department, its SLI will have to be opened up to work on other chipset if it wants to be used with AMD cpus. it won't gain in the intel chipset market, and if AMD keeps ATI graphics independent and intel keeps nvidia graphics independent (if it acquires it) then I don't see any gain for nvidia out of this deal at all.
being the sole independent high end chipset and graphics provider in the industry is a much more favorable position i think.

RE: this doesn't make much sense
By Thorburn on 10/5/2006 7:23:43 AM , Rating: 2
The big plus for Intel would be that discontinuing the NVIDIA AMD chipsets would REALLY hurt the Opteron, at least in the short term.
Near enough every board I can't think of for AMD 2 or 4S systems is NForce 4 Professional based.

RE: this doesn't make much sense
By DigitalFreak on 10/5/2006 8:29:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not really. Serverworks makes AMD chipsets. The HT-2000 and HT-1000, I believe. HP is using them on the new DL385 G2.

RE: this doesn't make much sense
By Thorburn on 10/7/2006 12:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
Hence I said nearly all :)

For workstations and the majority of servers I'd bet they are NForce based.

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