China is an extremely important market for many companies, and maybe even more so in the case of video games, since the amount of PC gamers in the world of living in that country is impressive.
among other Chinese companies like Zotac Colorful or are producing some of the most advanced graphics cards worldwide, based on processors from both NVIDIA and AMD. The number of potential customers should provoke certain assignments, as in other fields-by these companies, but NVIDIA has had to give up a major contract precisely because of their position to their drivers and source code thereof.
rumor appeared in the Asian nation showed that because of the performance of its architecture and Linux drivers, several Chinese manufacturers were interested to contact NVIDIA to implement a pilot project in several schools. And do not talk about something pilot small-scale: the idea was to use 100 million PCs in the country , with 100,000 schools involved and 100 or 150 PCs each.
There were two problems: NVIDIA never offers the source code of your scontroladores for Linux, and WIN binaries are only available for x86 .
seems that the NVIDIA team went to talk with Chinese manufacturers and basically told them they are a great American company, and rebuild the drivers Linux would impose a significant cost to the Chinese project , expenses considered Non-recurring engineering (NRE).
That was the end of the negotiation and entry another great player in this sector: AMD -much more likely to help develop open source drivers, which apparently has been achieved According to this project, which eventually will start with “only” 10 million PCs, however, the future implications for both Nvidia and AMD may be very relevant.
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