Upcoming motherboards based on High-End AMD platform will have an opportunity to use multi-card setups via NVIDIA SLI technology.
As you know, NVIDIA has stopped developments and production of chipsets for x86-compatible computers. Instead, its offers licenses for using SLI technology for products based on chipsets of other manufacturers (Intel и AMD)
This situation is an advantage ground for NVIDIA — without spending money on its own chipset development, the company receives about $5 for each sold product that has SLI support.
The boards made by licensed manufacturer are certified and feature additional BIOS code piece. NVIDIA GeForce drivers analyzes BIOS to find that piece and turns on/off SLI support.
According to VR-zone, AMD 9-series chipset based motherboards will have NVIDIA SLI support, in particular, the ones without Integrated Graphics Processor(IGP): AMD 990FX and AMD 990X. AMD 990X boards will support 2-way SLi ,while AMD 990FX can handle up-to 3-way SLI setups. It is worth to note, the license will only be available for those companies that has already used SLI for its Intel chipset based products. Besides, both licenses, for AMD 990FX and AMD 990X, need to be acquired at once.
The launch of AMD’s latest generation of High-End platform is set to June 2011.