Intel's FTC beating - Decent 13"?

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  1. littvay macrumors member

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    Dear All

    Does Intel's recent FTC beating mean that we can get an iCore CPU with a non-Intel integrated chip as we have now with the core2dup CPU? This would be huge for the 13" MBP, MB and MBA. (And I am in the market to get a 13" MBP and an MBA after the next update.)

    Here is the news post I read:

    http://www.dailytech.com/FTC+Intel+...om+Anticompetitive+Practices/article19265.htm

    But I am not sure if it is cause for optimism yet as 1, NVidia might have halted development of the chip in question completely and it might be time consuming to revive. Also, 2, I am not sure if the FTC beating extends into this realm. I did not think the article explicitly or implicitly mentioned it. Does anyone have insight or thoughts on this?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/08/intel.shtm

    The good stuff.

     
  3. littvay thread starter macrumors member

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    Well. That does not mean that Intel is forced to license the technology for the iCore architecture chipsets. In fact, those two points only affect Apple negatively as they were never forced to use Intel, they chose it. (Despite rumors of talks with AMD.) In fact it means no perks for Intel exclusives.

    But there might be other stipulations to the agreement.

    What I am really interested in is if NVidia will be able to make chipsets for iCore architecture CPUs or not? If so, there is hope for a decent integrated video Macbook and Macbook Pro with up to date CPUs (that are not AMD). We know NVidia testified in the case. Were their concerns addressed?

    It'd be nice to see a post on what this ruling means for Apple.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  5. FnuGk macrumors regular

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    i dont think this will take effect within a short enough time frame to make anything of the 13" It might get things going for whenever sandy bridge comes along
     
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  7. littvay thread starter macrumors member

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    Anandtech published a more detailed review of the settlement. To answer my own question, we are not helped out. In fact, this was one of the big things the FTC asked for but did not get. Find full article here:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3839/intel-settles-with-the-ftc

    Relevant paragraphs are quoted:

     

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