Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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RE[4]: Thom
by zima on Wed 14th Nov 2012 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Thom"
zima
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2005-07-06

Nvidia buying AMD for the GFX part, ceasing AMD x86 line? (since the license is non-transferable*, and since Nv is focusing on their Project Denver ARM - where AMD CPU talent should come handy)
Now that would be some behemoth... and maybe even without many formal or legislative roadblocks?


*this x86-licensing thing is weird, though - apparently, Nvidia did sell x86 processors at some point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_x86_manufacturers#x86-processo...
The license can be market-specific, for example embedded only? ~i386-only?

Edited 2012-11-14 00:11 UTC

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RE[5]: Thom
by oiaohm on Wed 14th Nov 2012 00:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Thom"
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2009-05-30

--The license can be market-specific, for example embedded only? ~i386-only?-- No

i386 is 1985 for the instruction set. Add 20 years. 2005 patents died on instruction set.

http://bbs.66club.cn/uc_home/space.php?uid=672797&do=blog&id=592924 The Same design as Nvidia x86 chip is still in production. Nvidia sold that design off to a different maker.

Embedded x86 mostly uses patent expired.

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RE[6]: Thom
by zima on Thu 15th Nov 2012 20:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Thom"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Right. Hmm, so in a decade AMD64 & SSE3 should be clear, and probably perfectly enough to run virtually all legacy stuff... (perhaps that's what the Chinese aim at with hardware-assisted virtualisation of x86 in Loongson CPUs?)

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