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AMD might sell GPU technology to Intel

by on18 March 2016

Intel gets AMD inside

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn that AMD is about to sell its GPU technology to Intel.

The rumour was started by Bloomberg, If true then Intel will license GPU patents from AMD and replace a $1.5 billion deal that Intel has with Nvidia. That deal will end on March 17, 2017.

Chipzilla is starting to lose interest in Nvidia because it is licensing terms are rather inflexible. AMD is seen as being more flexible.

Of course this does not mean that Intel will start producing AMD GPUs it is more likely that AMD tech will be under the bonnet of Intel’s integrated graphics. From AMD’s perspective this will not damage it too much because

Intel’s integrated graphics just replace the lower end of the market which is pretty much dead anyway.

It is all rumour and speculation, but as a story it does make some sense. If it plays out the way we think than AMD will not lose much other than bolstering the street cred of its rival’s integrated graphics. Nvidia will pay the price for not doing what Intel tells it and everyone will be happy.

AMD does need something anyway to make up for the ground it is losing to Nvidia. If Zen does not save it, it will need all the help it can get.

Last modified on 18 March 2016
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