NVIDIA To Acquire VIA?

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News Posted: Tue, Mar 18 2008 4:42 PM

While it's just a rumor at this point, it seems that NVIDIA is planning on breaking into the CPU business.  This isn't exactly surprising as the not-to-distant future looks like a place where CPUs have a dedicated GPU onboard and the future of add-in cards is unclear.

“NVIDIA and VIA discussed three possible scenarios, including a strategic alliance, acquisition of only VIA's processor division, or the acquisition of the entire company, according to the sources. Though no deal was agreed upon, since VIA continues to see losses, the company is expected to open up negotiations again soon with a lower price, noted the sources.”

A merge might actually be a win-win-win situation for both companies.  VIA already has some very interesting CPU designs and NVIDIA has the connections to put their products in front of the right OEMs, which means that they might ultimately end up in front of consumers.

There is no word yet on whether NVIDIA/VIA would try to license platforms from AMD and/or Intel, or simply try to develop their own.



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frg1 replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 5:49 PM

i think this would be agood idea but with intel stance in the market they might only be able to compete with amd atleast in the begining 

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I agree, this could be bad news for AMD if they don't come  up with something promising soon!

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frg1 replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 6:18 PM

 they keep on saying theyll have something competive soon but havent seen anything

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I totally welcome this. The more competition, the better (to an extent of course). It might hurt AMD, but so be it as long as overall Intel loses some market share. I just don't like the level of dominance Intel has right now. I appreciate that their processors are good performing and for the most part good priced, but who knows how long this will last with almost no competition.

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replied on Wed, Mar 19 2008 12:09 AM

Also Intel says the Larrabee will be competitive,but we've seen absolutely nothing!

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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Wed, Mar 19 2008 6:49 AM
That would be interesting :)

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Lev_Astov replied on Wed, Mar 19 2008 7:40 AM
Cool. I'm all for more CPU manufacturers.

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peti1212 replied on Wed, Mar 19 2008 7:41 AM

This sounds pretty interesting, and I think Nvidia is possible of doing something like this. I hope if they decide to go into the CPU production, then they will have some good CPUs

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ice91785 replied on Wed, Mar 19 2008 8:25 AM

Maybe then AMD/nVidia will put their gfx rivalry aside and sort of help each other out here n there -- to gain market shares over Intel; like some temporary partnership to last a few years

If VIA was bought....wouldn't that mean moreso that nVidia would generally be in the mobile CPU production area and/or build around Linux?

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