The sky is falling and it is being rendered in real time by Intel's Havok physics engine! Run! Run for your lives! Lock your doors and board up your windows! Kiss your pets goodbye!
Some people are a little too analytical and paranoid when it comes to business deals like this. From [H]ard|OCP:
"Intel’s own gaming GPU is soon to be in the market and now Intel owns the biggest and most widely adopted solution when it comes to software physics and likely soon to be hardware accelerated physics? I would suggest that there is a lot of discussion this morning at NVIDIA and AMD alike. Intel just pulled off a coup in the discrete graphics market and has not even entered it yet. NVIDIA is looking to have more to lose than any company right now in this equation. Its "platform" has no CPU and just likely lost a physics processor adaptation. It will be interesting to see what becomes of all of this. Did Intel just get the bargaining chip they need to bring SLI to Intel motherboard chipsets? Does Intel even care anymore?"
I am not worried. Intel will "share" Havok with Nvidia and AMD. I think they will all play nice with each other for the most part. If something really bad happened and Intel took all the CPU/GPU/Physics business for themselves, wouldn't the government step up and prevent them from becoming a monopoly? I know the government would not like the idea of buying all their PC hardware from one company that could charge them whatever they want.
So what do you guys think about all this?