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    Exclusive: Microsoft Has Acquisition Deal With Nvidia


    Microsoft and Nvidia have an agreement in place that spells out terms relating to a possible acquisition of the graphics and mobile processor manufacturer, regulatory documents indicate.
    The deal gives Microsoft the exclusive right to match any offer for 30% or more of Nvidia's outstanding shares by a third-party, according to an SEC filing reviewed by InformationWeek.


    "Under the agreement, if an individual or corporation makes an offer to purchase shares equal to or greater than 30% of the outstanding shares of our common stock, Microsoft may have first and last rights of refusal to purchase the stock," Nvidia said in the filing, dated May 27.
    The pact puts Redmond in a position to effectively veto attempts by any of its rivals to snap up Nvidia, which makes key components for the red-hot tablet market.
    Nvidia's ARM-based Tegra chip is widely used by a number of major mobile device manufacturers. It's employed in Google Android-based tablets and smartphones from Samsung, Motorola, and others. Microsoft itself earlier this week demonstrated Windows 8 tablets running on the new, quad-core "Kal-El" version of Tegra.




    There's also been rumblings over the past couple of years that Apple views Nvidia as a possible takeover target. Apple's A5 CPU for the iPad 2 uses ARM's system-on-a-chip design, an architecture in which Nvidia has considerable expertise as Tegra also relies on ARM.
    Microsoft and Nvidia negotiated their acquisition deal as part of a broader arrangement under which Microsoft licensed Nvidia graphics chips for use in the Xbox entertainment and gaming console. The obscure pact is more than a decade old, but is apparently still in effect—even though Nvidia lost the contract to provide GPUs for the Xbox to ATI Technologies in 2003. ATI was later acquired by AMD.
    Buried deep within a quarterly earnings report Nvidia filed last week was a warning to investors that a number of factors could derail an acquisition by a third-party. For one, Nvidia's board can issue new shares without stockholder approval. That means it could dilute the percentage available to a would-be acquirer. Also, its strict voting rules would make it difficult for a third-party to mount a hostile acquisition campaign by proxy.
    Most notably, Nvidia said any change in control of the company could be delayed or prevented by "our agreement with Microsoft," according to the filing. At current valuations, the clause would kick in if a potential acquirer offered about $3.4 billion for 30% or more of Nvidia.
    The deal could be extremely valuable to Microsoft. Any acquisition of Nvidia by a rival could deliver another setback to the software maker's significantly delayed tablet plans. Conversely, if Microsoft took control of Nvidia it could maintain a tighter grip on its supply chain for mobile components.
    There are already signs Microsoft is looking to rein in the hardware stack around Windows. Company representatives have reportedly issued specific guidelines to OEMs who want to build tablets and other devices for Windows 8 in order to ensure a uniform experience for end-users and to ease headaches for developers. An outright buyout of some component suppliers, including Nvidia, could be the next logical step.
    Microsoft officials declined to comment.







    http://www.informationweek.com/news/...news/229900137


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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    jaatr PS4 jeno nvidiar chip dia na banaite pare?
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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    Uhmmm this will probably kill the competition in the pc hardware market, nvidia already has the upper hand thanks to the game developers fine-coding games for the graphics cards they manufacture, now if microsoft acquires nvidia, then I'm afraid the operating system aka windows will give nvidia cards some more boost or probably tune their OS in a manner which'll make the AMD gpus struggle, I don't like this one bit.

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    nope ms will not take that risk. they know they will loose a hell lot of customers buying their new windows. but ya next xbox will surely be using nvidia chip.

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    Quote Originally Posted by ll-r_o_m_u_l_u_s-ll View Post
    Uhmmm this will probably kill the competition in the pc hardware market, nvidia already has the upper hand thanks to the game developers fine-coding games for the graphics cards they manufacture, now if microsoft acquires nvidia, then I'm afraid the operating system aka windows will give nvidia cards some more boost or probably tune their OS in a manner which'll make the AMD gpus struggle, I don't like this one bit.
    aita korleo secretly korbe kaoke janabe na as nahole onk customer loose korbe.....

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Assassins Creed II View Post
    nope ms will not take that risk. they know they will loose a hell lot of customers buying their new windows. but ya next xbox will surely be using nvidia chip.
    why do u thing they will loose"HELL LOTTA CUSTOMERS?" did they loose with win7?

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    Quote Originally Posted by ll-r_o_m_u_l_u_s-ll View Post
    Uhmmm this will probably kill the competition in the pc hardware market, nvidia already has the upper hand thanks to the game developers fine-coding games for the graphics cards they manufacture, now if microsoft acquires nvidia, then I'm afraid the operating system aka windows will give nvidia cards some more boost or probably tune their OS in a manner which'll make the AMD gpus struggle, I don't like this one bit.
    quite possible.

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    These fears are unfounded, IMO. The desktop GPU market will be nothing compared to the upcoming tablet revolution. This is why Microsoft is buying nVidia. Everyone is focusing on tablets, because that's where the money will lie. Heck, even Windows 8 will be optimized for tablets.

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
    These fears are unfounded, IMO. The desktop GPU market will be nothing compared to the upcoming tablet revolution. This is why Microsoft is buying nVidia. Everyone is focusing on tablets, because that's where the money will lie. Heck, even Windows 8 will be optimized for tablets.
    no kidding . stupid IPAD :/..........
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    Yeah, Tablets and touchscreen are the future :/
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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    Quote Originally Posted by 61ZONE View Post
    no kidding . stupid IPAD :/..........
    I see nothing wrong in general with tablets, in general. But when I see Windows shifting its focus entirely to tablets, it's kinda worrying. Maybe our desktops computers are about to become nothing more than niche devices. It's already started

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    Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
    I see nothing wrong in general with tablets, in general. But when I see Windows shifting its focus entirely to tablets, it's kinda worrying. Maybe our desktops computers are about to become nothing more than niche devices. It's already started
    this has always been the case, the future of gaming is handheld devices.

    ---------- Post added at 16:31 ---------- Previous post was at 16:27 ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by EyE SpeeD | DeViL View Post
    aita korleo secretly korbe kaoke janabe na as nahole onk customer loose korbe.....
    There was a time when microsoft intentionally made their official website almost unbrowsable with Opera browser and people thought it was Opera's fault, then opera, on one of their new release, intentionally redirected www.microsoft.com to a cook-manual site as an easter egg just to show people that it's not the fault of their browser, microsoft themselves were the culprit, so it'll not be a surprise to me if they do it, if they do buy nvidia that is.

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    Default Re: Microsft In Talks To Buy nVidia?

    OMG!!!CHECK THIS!!!


    Nvidia-Microsoft Pact might be 11 Years old
    The weirdest announcement was posted yesterday, Microsoft is taking an interest in NVIDIA as they purchased 30% of their shares. Then later on it appears that this agreement is already ten years old, dating from 2001.
    Either way this might prevent future buyouts if a company would takeover NVIDIA OR if NVIDIA would like to takeover another company.
    Nvidia gives the Redmond-based company the exclusive right to equal any offers by third-parties for 30 percent or more of Nvidia’s outstanding shares. The deal effectively prevents any other company besides Microsoft from acquiring Nvidia.
    In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing dated May 27 and reviewed by Information Week, Nvidia says, “Under the agreement, if an individual or corporation makes an offer to purchase shares equal to or greater than 30% of the outstanding shares of our common stock, Microsoft may have first and last rights of refusal to purchase the stock.”

    In a quarterly earnings report filed last week by Nvidia, the company stated that an attempt by another company to acquire it could be disrupted by “our agreement with Microsoft.” Information Week reported that “at current valuations, the clause would kick in if a potential acquirer offered about $3.4 billion for 30% or more of Nvidia.”
    Having the option to prevent another company acquiring Nvidia puts Microsoft in a strong position as it means the computer giant can stop another company coming along and potentially disrupting the supply chain for components for its devices, such as upcoming tablets running Windows 8. Of course, if Microsoft acquired Nvidia then it would have total control over Nvidia’s supply chain.


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