Today NVIDIA announced that Intel has agreed to pay big green in the sum of $1.5 billion in order to facilitate the cross-licensing of several patents. The big news? New contract agreements between the two companies also include provisions to drop all outstanding legal disputes.
With the new contract, Intel will be able to use any and all technologies covered by NVIDIA’s patent portfolio. NVIDIA, on the other hand, gets the previously mentioned $1.5 billion as well as continued access to Intel patents they were granted under the prior agreement.
Specifically not included in the deal are Intel’s general CPUs, their SSD technology and “certain chipsets for the Intel platform”. Essentially, that means that NVIDIA won’t be restarting its chipset business for Intel’s CPUs – Intel specifically withheld that ability from NVIDIA several years ago.
Intel will be paying the money to NVIDIA over the next five years, with the first payment due on January 18th, 2011.