Page 5 of 5 FirstFirst ... 345
Results 41 to 46 of 46

Thread: One Million Dollars For A Shader-Based LGPLv3 GPU

  1. #41
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    131

    Default

    I don't see the point of this.

    FPGA can be great for solving the problems that one can't solve with custom-made silicon, but once it has to compete with it 1:1, FPGA sorely looses.

    So, since GPU is so area and power intensive and since it has great players on the field that are opening gradually their documentation ( AMD and nVidia, even Intel) I fail to see any advantage of this.

    Even if you open the documentation and let's say you come performancewise sufficiently close for someone to choose your solution, how would s/he escape patent suit ?

    main players already have bunch of patents and capable legal teams for battle if need arises.

    What do you do if you get nice and cosy letter from their legal theams ?

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Linuxland
    Posts
    4,995

    Default

    [quote]main players already have bunch of patents and capable legal teams for battle if need arises.

    What do you do if you get nice and cosy letter from their legal theams ?{/quote]

    As long as it's in a FPGA, it's software, and thus hardware patents do not apply. So the free world doesn't need to care, SW patent countries like USSA need not apply.

  3. #43
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    131

    Default

    I'm not so sure you could defend that on your own against legal team.

    What exactly is a software ? A small blob that you download into FPGA ? But that blob is not SW that gets executed but bistream that configures HARDWARE.

  4. #44
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Linuxland
    Posts
    4,995

    Default

    I don't know if there are any precedents, quick googling didn't reveal any. But I would argue that since I can make it do other things tomorrow, like calculating pi, by typing on my computer, it is software.

    Then there's the selling aspect too. If you only keep it in a repo somewhere, without even selling FPGAs (or selling empty FPGAs and telling users how to load it), you should be in the clear: see ffmpeg/mplayer which are affected by approx 10^7 software patents.

  5. #45
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    48

    Exclamation Suuestion

    I would be more interested to see a project like Lucid Virtu MVP.
    http://www.lucidlogix.com/product-virtu-mvp.shtml

    I would donate $50 to $100 on such projects.

  6. #46
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Essex,ct,USA
    Posts
    1

    Default

    i dont think that one million dollars is enough for this kind of project.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •