Nvidia and Intel plan collaboration, says report

As far as we know, Intel is developing its “Larrabee” project—which is likely to be a high-end discrete graphics processor aimed at gaming and general-purpose tasks—entirely in-house so far. However, DigiTimes reports Intel could could get a little hand from Nvidia as part of an upcoming cooperation deal between the two companies. Quoting sources at motherboard makers, the site says Nvidia will “release some of its graphics processor unit (GPU) technology to Intel in exchange for cooperation,” and that the two firms have already reached a number of agreements. The precise nature of those agreements remains unknown for the time being. DigiTimes does mention that Nvidia executives have met with Intel partners to explain Nvidia’s plans in the motherboard market, though.

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    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 13 years ago

    This sounds like a divide and conquer plan by Intel.

    • Voldenuit
    • 13 years ago

    #1 Actually, the myth of nvidia’s “OpenGL superiority” is only true for OpenGL games.

    In OpenGL workstation benchmarks, ati and nvidia trade punches relatively evenly (on both their consumer and workstation cards).

    I ran CATIA on a consumer ATI card for yonks with no problems.

    And I don’t think intel is too concerned about gaming (they never have been before).

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 13 years ago

    Really not surprising…I saw something like this happening when AMD first bought ATI. I hope AMD can pull a rabbit out of the hat soon or I think those of us who are PC enthusiasts are facing a bleak future.

    • PRIME1
    • 13 years ago

    “NVIDIA and Intel have reached an agreement today, to push AMD down in the school yard and take all of AMD’s lunch money”

    • bdwilcox
    • 13 years ago

    Cooperation = 1st Step in Merger

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      That isn’t likely going to happen, because Intel already has their own graphical division and is pursuing to develop a basic 3D accelerator as an answer to DAMMIT’s upcoming Fusion.

      Besides, I think the FTC would start breathing down Intel’s neck.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Nvidia may be getting the goods on the “QuickAssist” initiative Intel disclosed at IDF. Intel portrayed that at the time as a way to add application-specific accelerators — encryption, physics, etc — but they (or Nvidia) may see an opportunity for GPUs there too. And of course Nvidia would be interested in selling more of their chips as stream processors to a market larger than just gamers. Intel will be disclosing to other vendors too as it tries to build support, but this may be an opportunity for Nvidia to be “first among equals” and perhaps even effectively get a license to the CSI bus.

    Of course Intel has a lot of other IP to trade too.

    • Shinare
    • 13 years ago

    “cooperation” == “Price Fixing”

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 13 years ago

      You must be a programmer since you use == instead of =.

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      I concur, unless DAMMIT delivers on their promises with R600/K10/

    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    Darn,,, Intel and Nvidia will just become more powerful and eat the 70%+ GPU market share…

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      ……and slack off when commanding huge premiums for slight boosts in the same product line.

      8800Ultra’s MSRP is just a taste of what might come.

    • Dude-X
    • 13 years ago

    If this is true, I think NVIDIA will probably give Intel OpenGL IP. This will hurt AMD a lot if Intel can make a decent high end OpenGL part.

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