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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RE[2]: License to produce x86?
by Downix on Thu 5th Mar 2009 01:47 UTC in reply to "RE: License to produce x86?"
Downix
Member since:
2007-08-21

Actually, you are incorrect because they already have licensed the necessary components... from transmeta.

http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/08/08/nvidia.transmeta.lice...

Transmeta worked around the key Intel patents by being a firmware-based compatibility system, which can adapt to new CPU cores with relative ease... imagine, if you would, the transmeta x86 translation system paired up to, oh, say a CUDA engine...

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poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

yes but that doesn't mean they have a licence to the x86 instruction set which everyone making an x86 cpu has to get from intel.

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