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FOLLOW UP: Intel Confirms Lawsuit Against Nvidia: “We Have Been in Discussions for More Than a Year”.

Intel Corp. on Monday reportedly filed a case in Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware in a bid to ban Nvidia from making core-logic sets compatible with Intel’s Core i7 processors and its derivatives with integrated memory controller. In response, Nvidia Corp. said that it was sure that it has right to sell chipsets for Core i7 and other chips and that Intel wants to slowdown evolution of graphics chips with the court filing.

“We are confident that our license, as negotiated, applies,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of Nvidia.

The filing does not impact Nvidia chipsets that are currently being shipped, but Intel insists that the cross-licensing agreement the companies signed back in 2004 does not extend to Intel’s future generation central processing units with integrated memory controllers, such as code-named Nehalem family, which includes Intel Core i7 processors and their derivatives.

Intel has not commented on the issue by the time of publication.

Nvidia’s chief executive accused Intel of trying to slowdown the evolution of graphics processing units as well as Nvidia’s chipsets so to be able to control Intel-based PC platforms itself.

“At the heart of this issue is that the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU. This is clearly an attempt to stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business,” claimed Mr. Huang.

Mr. Huang said that, given the “broad and growing adoption of Nvidia’s platform innovations”, it is not surprising that Intel is now initiating a dispute over a contract signed four years ago. According the chief of Nvidia, technologies like Nvidia Ion (integrated core-logic for Intel Atom and other processors), SLI (multi-GPU rendering), Hybrid power (ability to switch between integrated and discrete graphics core), and CUDA (programming language for GeForce GPUs) threaten Intel’s ability to control the PC platform.

Tags: Nvidia, Nforce, Geforce, Intel, Business

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It's all about the money
0 0 [Posted by: Shckr57  | Date: 02/18/09 03:30:37 PM]
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It seems Intel is not comprehending information correctly again. nVidia tried to get the license for QPI but Intel said no. Now Intel is saying that nVidia is making chip sets that will be compatible with i7 core processors. This is false because nVidia can not. nVidia can make chip sets for non-i7 core processors such as for the Atom processor and Core 2 Duo processors which Intel has given rights to nVidia. nVidia has provided some rights to Intel to include the ability for SLI for Intel's X58 chip set, but I guess Intel thinks this is going against i7 core processor. nVidia is doing things legal while Intel is whining because their graphics is poor. Though I can see why Intel is whining only if they did not give rights to nVidia for DMI (Direct Media Interface) which is different than QPI.
0 0 [Posted by: jmurbank  | Date: 02/18/09 04:33:10 PM]
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yeah this is crazy. intel is just trying monopolize the market. hopefully apple will get nvidia past this and get them to make some awesome custom motherboards and chipsets.
0 0 [Posted by: anthony pittarelli  | Date: 02/18/09 06:17:50 PM]
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Hmm... My comment dissappeared.
0 0 [Posted by: hedron  | Date: 02/19/09 06:48:14 AM]
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