Intel: There is NO graphics license deal with AMD, rumors are fake

Posted on Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 10:13 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Earlier this week the rumor about Intel allegedly having licensed graphics technology from AMD popped up again. This rumor has been going around for about a year now, Intel's patent license agreement with NVIDIA expired two months ago and some sites believe Intel secured a deal with AMD to cover its legal bases (and perhaps something more).

We can now put this rumor to rest as Intel has come out and said it's untrue. Earlier this week, AMD refused to comment on the rumor, which send the company's shares down as investors had been pricing in sweet patent license revenue from Intel.

Now an Intel spokesperson offers the following statement:
In a statement sent to Tech Trader Daily by an Intel spokesperson, the company said "The recent rumors that Intel has licensed AMD's graphics technology are untrue."


I asked Intel if the company has any further detail on whether it has definitely decided not to license technology from AMD. The company said no further detail would be provided.
So there you have it, there is no graphics IP deal between Intel and AMD. It appears the cross-license legal settlement between Intel and NVIDIA is in effect until the last patent covered under this deal expires. The only thing that expired in March 2017 was Intel's contractual obligation to pay licensing fees to NVIDIA.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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