- Aug 19, 2012
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Yup...done deal. Honestly I would laugh my ass off if they make Apple's life miserable from now on. Apple should have embraced AMD CPU's instead of being the elitist assholes that they have been lately!
Apple has always wanted to control their ecosystem and hardware as best they can.
Apple has always wanted to control their ecosystem and hardware as best they can. It's never been an open system outside the brief period of clones. The fact we can hack is a side effect of Intel CPUs and mostly similar architecture.
Apple has a perpetual licence so I see no real effect here from NVIDIA especially sicne it sould cause legal issues for NVIDIA to deny Apple access to the tech they have a licence for. Now, maybe they make some SuperTegra RTX-30-Gigawatts 88MPH chips that they don't license using new tech but that's different.
Rather, what I think would be a substantial blow to Apple is if Nvidia actually develops their own OS to compete against OSX and Windows. The time seems right for a new competitor in the OS field with OSX becoming increasingly more of a closed system, and Windows being stuck in late-1990's technology and mentality.
Well put totally agree and it has happened, I am from the UK I worked for ARM Holdings in Cambridge, had a lot of shares with ARM and made some money when they were bought by the Japanese, yes Apple treated Nvidia badly, ARM will with get revenge and a lot of money of Apple the way it should be, fantastic company and very innovative loved working for ARMIt looks like a brilliant move for NVidia, especially after Apple snubbed their graphics cards for many years...
NVIDIA isn’t announcing any specific hardware plans today – the deal is easily still a year and a half off from closing – but NVIDIA has made it clear that following their success in the GPU/accelerator and networking markets, they see Arm as the perfect complement to their current product lineup, giving them a capable CPU architecture to round-out their technology portfolio.
The deal is just being formally announced today and will likely not close for some time, as it is expected to be required to clear multiple regulatory hurdles in the UK, US, China, and other governments across the globe.
The other (and perhaps more immediate) challenge for NVIDIA is convincing regulators across the globe to approve the deal. NVIDIA is pitching the deal as being complementary, combining two companies that otherwise have minimal overlap. None the less, minimal is not the same as “none”, and besides the immediate and obvious overlap with Mali and GeForce GPU technologies, regulators will no doubt take a great deal of interest in the future of IP licensing. The smartphone revolution of the past decade and a half has been built on top of Arm architectures – never mind the billions of devices with Arm-based microcontrollers – so many parties have a vested interest in keeping that going.
To that end, while NVIDIA is just starting discussions with regulators – the deal was secret and not being discussed with partners nor regulators until this evening – the company is already making concessions and guarantees to the British government to get its approval. This includes committing to keeping Arm headquartered in Cambridge, and continuing to do a significant amount of their engineering work there.