Various sources are claiming Intel intends to acquire Nvidia in order to counter AMD’s pending purchase of ATI, but those rumors are the subject of much debate. However, DigiTimes now suggests Intel and Nvidia may tighten their relationship without anything as dramatic as a merger. Word has it in Taiwan that Intel will simply raise its existing stake in Nvidia, which currently stands in the neighborhood of 8-10%. An ensuing “strategic partnership” between the two companies could result in Nvidia shifting focus away from AMD chipsets and instead devoting more of its development resources to integrated graphics chipsets for Intel platforms. DigiTimes’ sources say both Intel and Nvidia are contemplating such a partnership.