Nvidia to build x86 processors, take on Intel, AMD?

NvidiaThe Inquirer says it has “confirmed” that 3D graphics giant Nvidia is hard at work building its own x86 processor with integrated graphics to compete with the offerings of Intel and AMD. Both Intel and AMD–which acquried ATI back in July–have been busy strapping integrated graphics on their own chips, it seems logical that Nvidia would want to play, too. Their efforts would be bolstered by its recent hiring of a bunch of engineers from Stexar, a now-defunct company that was founded by ex-Intel brains. The Inq says development is already underway, and we’ll be seeing a new CPU from Nvidia sometime in 2006.

[Via Engadget]

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AMD and ATI to pitch merger to shareholders on Monday?

The little rumor that just wouldn’t die is finally getting quite a bit of cred behind it. The Inquirer — the folks who put the kibosh on that first round of whispers — is now reporting that AMD and ATI are planning on pitching a merger to their shareholders on Monday. Apparently AMD doesn’t quite have the cash to buy ATI straight up, but a merger, if approved by the shareholders and regulatory bodies, includes all the strategic wins for both companies, such as partnering on integrated graphics and AMD access to ATI’s handheld division. This would also presumably end the longstanding AMD/Nvidia partnership on chipsets, and throw a whole wrench into the GPU wars, so we’re feeling good about this merger merely from an industry drama standpoint.

[Thanks, Peter K.]