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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 01:37

Intel inks $1.5 billion licensing agreement with Nvidia

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Costly marriage of convenience
Intel and Nvidia have announced a six-year cross licensing agreement that will cost Intel $1.5 billion over the next five years. Nvidia will receive the first payment on January 18 2011.

In return for such a generous dowry, Intel will receive access to Nvidia’s full range of patents, while Nvidia will retain use of Intel patents in accordance with its existing six-year agreement with Intel. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.

Intel general counsel Doug Melamed said that the agreement will put an end to legal disputes between the companies and “preserve patent peace”. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the agreement will signal the start of a new era for Nvidia, which probably means he won’t take any potshots at Intel in the future.

Although we all knew some sort of an agreement was in the making, the timing of the announcement will surely raise quite a few eyebrows. The past week has seen Nvidia’s stock jump from $15.5 to just over $20 thanks to the Green Goblin’s good showing at CES. Announcing this agreement just a couple of days after the CES dust settled can’t be a coincidence.

We told you Huang would make a good politician.
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+24 #1 inaphasia 2011-01-11 01:55
2011 is sooo gonna make up for a boring past couple of years!
 
 
+25 #2 Deanjo 2011-01-11 02:51
Lol, so much for AMD fanbois predictions of nvidias demise. Best part is that nvidia doesn't even have to use it to pay back debtors.
 
 
-25 #3 East17 2011-01-11 02:52
Especially since AMD seems to be dieing :(
 
 
+21 #4 nt300 2011-01-11 02:53
Nobody want's NVIDIA to die off lol, we need the competition. It's a good thing for AMD, Intel and NVIDIA to be healthy and strong so prices would drop.

Jen-Hsun Huang is a complete Clown and needs to be removed from NVIDIA as soon as possible. NV needs a new CEO.
 
 
+19 #5 GeekLyfe 2011-01-11 04:13
So does that mean new Nvidia chipsets on intel motherboards? I hope so only time will tell.
 
 
+15 #6 hoohoo 2011-01-11 04:30
"... Intel will receive access to Nvidia’s full range of patents, while Nvidia will retain use of Intel patents in accordance with its existing six-year agreement with Intel ..."

That seems kinda one sided to me. There must be unpublished protocols. Or, hhah, maybe nVidia managed to get Intel to support SLI (yes that is a dig, I could not resist, pls do not take it heart)

As for East17 - you are completely out to lunch my friend... AMD just assumed ownership of the thin/light notebook and the netbook segment with Bobcat, and got a good foot and foreleg in the door on the rest of the notebook market! That's the fastest growing consumer segment: AMD already has the best high count multicore CPU for cloud and server farms: it's 6/8/12 core Opterons.
 
 
+2 #7 aussiebear 2011-01-11 04:46
Intel made a press release about it...
=> http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/01/10/intel-announces-new-patent-cross-license-agreement-with-nvidia

Under the transaction, Intel receives a license to NVIDIA's patents subject to the terms of the agreement. NVIDIA receives a license to Intel's patents subject to the terms of the agreement, including that x86 and certain other products are not licensed to NVIDIA under the agreement. Intel and NVIDIA have also exchanged broad releases for all legal claims, including any claims of breach of their previous license agreement. Intel will pay NVIDIA $1.5 billion over the next 5 years.

Nvidia making x86 CPUs?
 
 
+13 #8 aussiebear 2011-01-11 04:59
Nope, it doesn't look like x86 CPUs...
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/01/intelnvidia-bombshell-look-for-nvidia-gpu-on-intel-processor-die.ars

Intel may incorporate Nvidia GPU technology into future Intel CPUs?

=> "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."

He says could use. Not will use.
 
 
+11 #9 hoohoo 2011-01-11 05:06
re: aussiebear, I read the arstechnica page you linked. I cannot see any benefit for NV. It does seem that Intel could use NV GPU tech in a SB successor. Given the freedom to do that Intel ought to do it - Intel GPU tech is fairly weak.

I have a hard time seeing what NV got out of this beyond Intel probably will support SLI in it's chipsets. NV did not get an x86 license!

Do you think NV hopes for royalty revenue from Intel using it's GPU tech?

This deal seems to make a lot of sense for Intel but not so much for NV.

If you have any thoughts I'd be interested to read them.
 
 
-8 #10 Warrior24_7 2011-01-11 06:34
Hmmm..."a six-year cross licensing agreement that will cost Intel $1.5 billion over the next five years. Nvidia will receive the first payment on January 18 2011. It sounds like somebody was successfuly sued!! Nvidia's stock Nvidia’s stock jump from $15.5 to just over $20?!! Nvidia has the fastest cards in the world, and Terga 2! Nvidia is kicking absolute major AM-DOO DOO ass!!
 

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