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Analyst sees NVIDIA as potential buyer for AMD, facts may get in the way


You can file this one squarely in wild rumors and speculation department, but at least one analyst is now saying that NVIDIA could maybe, possibly be interested in acquiring arch rival AMD. That surprising and slightly hard to believe word comes from Doug Friedman of American Technology Research, who says that the "Intel/AMD roadmap of integration of the CPU/GPU could pose a risk to NVIDIA," and that buying AMD would propel NVIDIA into a "formidable competitor for Intel." As X-bit Labs points out, however, there is the little matter of a cross-licensing agreement between Intel and AMD, which would prevent AMD from transferring any of Intel's technologies to a third party, effectively making it impossible for the new company to produce its own x86 CPUs, to say nothing of the potential antitrust issues involved.

[Thanks, Mack S]

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