Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Mar 2009 17:19 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Hardware, Embedded Systems NVIDIA's aspirations to enter the general purpose processor market may never have been clearly spelled out by the company before, but it was getting more and more obvious as each week passed by. Now, it's pretty much official: NVIDIA says it's not a question of "if", but "when".
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License to produce x86?
by christian on Wed 4th Mar 2009 20:05 UTC
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Exactly what license is required? How much of the x86 instruction set is covered by patents? And how does any of the instruction set become patentable?

For SoC, no CPU bus interface license would be required other than memory bus interface, so there should be no problems there. And I'm sure they already have any licenses to produce PCIe interface through their existing chipset arm.

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