Linked by timl on Sun 5th Jun 2011 16:25 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft and Nvidia have an agreement in place that spells out terms relating to a possible acquisition of the graphics and mobile processor manufacturer, regulatory documents indicate. The deal gives Microsoft the exclusive right to match any offer for 30% or more of Nvidia's outstanding shares by a third-party." The agreement appears to be over 10 years old, dating back to the time of the contract for the GPU of the original X-Box. It has likely gained relevance again now that Microsoft allegedly wants to more closely control hardware of tablets running its upcoming Windows 8 OS.
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RE: yeah... no.
by malxau on Sun 5th Jun 2011 19:28 UTC in reply to "yeah... no."
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

This article is just a bunch of speculation based on a 10 year old agreement between nvidia and ms.


It's not speculation. It's from Nvidia's latest 10-Q, dated 5/27/11. You can see it directly from the SEC's site at

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1045810/000104581011000031/q...

(see page 48.)

It's a shame the informationweek article didn't cite its sources, but they are very public.

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RE[2]: yeah... no.
by tylerdurden on Sun 5th Jun 2011 19:49 in reply to "RE: yeah... no."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

That filing says nothing remotely related to this news.That was a release about the original XBOX graphics partnership. 10 years ago.

That partnership ended rather badly, given the contractual obligations MS strong armed intel and nvidia into. It is no coincidence the 360 went on to be based on IBM and ATI technologies.

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RE[3]: yeah... no.
by malxau on Sun 5th Jun 2011 20:38 in reply to "RE[2]: yeah... no."
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

That filing says nothing remotely related to this news.That was a release about the original XBOX graphics partnership. 10 years ago.

That partnership ended rather badly, given the contractual obligations MS strong armed intel and nvidia into. It is no coincidence the 360 went on to be based on IBM and ATI technologies.


This filing is what the article is referring to. It's in a 2011 10-Q. NVDA still believes the agreement "may" remain enforceable or the provision wouldn't be listed as a current "risk factor" in 2011. It is not relevant that the 360 uses different graphics technology; the issue is merely whether the original agreement remains in force.

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