In regards to the recent ATI acquisition by AMD, it's been made apparent that NVIDIA are *VERY* glad it went ahead; This for a number of different reasons as mentioned in a recent posting over at The Inquirer.
NVIDIA is really enjoying ATI's proposed acquisition by AMD. Short term, things could not be better for the green company. As soon as the rumour went around, a bunch of ATI people started to send their CVs to Nvidia.
Nvidia might even get some of the hot shots as few jobs at ATI are certain anymore. You don't need two sets of accountants and two marketing departments and there have to be some cuts sooner or later, if the deal goes ahead.