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Report claims Intel, AMD discussing GPU patent licensing

Question asked by kingfish on Mar 17, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2016 by brucer

I personally would have liked to see this with ATI.


""Presently, Intel has a patent licensing deal with Nvidia with a total value of $1.5 billion and an expiration date of March 17, 2017. That deal has earned Nvidia roughly $67 million per quarter, and while that’s not much compared to the company’s yearly revenue of $5 billion for fiscal year 2016 (calendar year 2015), it works out to about 5% of its revenue and a significant chunk of Nvidia’s $614 million net income. Companies like IP and patent licensing precisely because these multi-year agreements can bring in continuing funds for work already completed without being a further drain on the bottom line.""


""There’s already been some signs that Intel and Nvidia might not renew that agreement, including Intel’s stated intention to adopt the VESA Adaptive Sync / FreeSync technology rather than paying for a license for Nvidia G-Sync. We’ve also seen signs of limited cooperation with Intel via the recently-announced XConnect external GPU hardware. It’s possible that AMD is willing to be more flexible on patent terms and arrangements than Team Green — AMD’s financial situation isn’t great, and while the company expects new revenue in 2016 from a third semicustom embedded design win (currently hypothesized to be the Nintendo NX), the company needs all the revenue it can muster to offset lower APU sales. Successful IP licensing agreements, even if they weren’t for very much money in absolute terms, would also help CEO Lisa Su argue that she’s successfully pivoting the company in new directions to take advantage of its existing IP and patent portfolios.""