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Chief executive officer of Nvidia has made a yet another controversial claim regarding Intel Corp. and the legal battle between the two companies. The head of Nvidia is completely sure not only in the positive outcome of the dispute for Nvidia, but also says that Intel is scared of the graphics company.

“Let me ask you – when was the last time you saw a company as big as Intel sue another smaller company? They are scared and you can write this down: We will kick their ass when we go to court next year,” said Jen-Hsun Huang in an interview with T-Break web-site.

It is interesting to note that Intel itself does not call the legal dispute with Nvidia as a legal action. The world’s largest maker of chips said it had asked the court to determine whether cross-licensing agreement between Intel and Nvidia allows the latter to make and sell chipsets compatible with Intel processors that feature built-in memory controllers. Nvidia believes that it has appropriate rights, whereas Intel claims it does not.

For Nvidia, chipsets represent one third of quarterly revenue, hence, is an important chunk of the business. But chipsets hardly make Intel worry about Nvidia: at the end, it controls its own platform and has serious experience in its own chipsets; what is important is that both Nvidia and ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, are finding new business in supercomputers with their traditional graphics processing units (GPUs). Another important thing is that Intel is working hard to release its own Larrabee GPU.

Both graphics chip designers have signed contracts to supply their processors for supercomputers, which means direct harm of revenue for companies like Intel. The latter still needs to roll out its Larrabee chip and make it successful enough both on supercomputers as well as on consumer markets. No surprise, Intel is worried about both GPUs in general and Nvidia in particular.

Still, this does not mean that Intel is intentionally trying to destroy third-party chipset market to make Nvidia weaker. The latest trends are towards highly-integrated processors that include graphics cores, PCI Express controllers, memory controllers and other important logic. As a result, there is not a lot of space for Nvidia on the chipset market in general going forward…

Tags: Nvidia, Nforce, Geforce, Intel, Business


Comments currently: 6
Discussion started: 11/24/09 06:48:11 AM
Latest comment: 11/27/09 10:15:04 PM
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More pointless bullying from "the eNVious green" camp. What's scary here is we have to share same planet with this Jen-Hsun Huang and him alike. As the article says, Intel are not yet in any legal dispute with Nvidia concerning either of their IP rights, so what's the real story here is yet another someone failed to develop past sandbox mentality to realize something that simple.

When fair spreads, fear can't!
0 0 [Posted by: MyK  | Date: 11/24/09 06:48:11 AM]
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I'm siding with Nvidia on this one. Intel having a complete monopoly on its cpu's chipset means that we consumer get shafted. This already happened when Intel delaying usb3 and sata3 on it's chipset. Anyway, who's going to complain when we have more choice as a consumer?
0 0 [Posted by: Blackwidow_rsa  | Date: 11/24/09 01:02:51 PM]
Well, considering the instability of nVIDIA's chipsets would you want your product interfacing with anything they use?

Not to mention nVIDIA's monopoly by charging Intel for a mere license to utilize SLI on the X58 chipsets.

I don't see many USB3.0 devices and SATA3 is moot for everything except SSD drives. No real arguement there.
0 0 [Posted by: JonMCC33  | Date: 11/25/09 06:07:57 AM]
It's more plausible to assume you'd have better choice if the team you favor never entered chipset business, but I'm not your history teacher so do your own research (hint: VIA).

Besides, who said I was siding with anyone, and why would you bring fanboyism to the table? Intel has good reasons to delay USB 3.0 and 6GB SATA support on their north bridges, prioritizing has nothing to do with it. Think of bandwidth for one.

i7 800 series, i5 and i3 weren't designed for such speedy interconnects if you care to keep features we've all grown accustomed to (without adding cost no one would be willing to pay for on a budget/mid-range system, that is). Intel only has i7 900 series (so far, and that's high budget performance segment) capable of sustaining speeds required between north bridge and CPU to support such chunky transfers. Tho, feel free to stick in your system an add-in card to serve as your temporary resource/bandwidth hog if you so wish. And that's just one reason I can think of out of many.

Anyway, how would you know what a quality controller is when you so easily par with those that never even cared for how often you're going to lose your data using their products?

More to the point, you won't be able to saturate current 3GB SATA with any single hard drive or SDD on the market that any of us here can afford, anyway; Go RAID on Nvidia controller and, while you might reach saturation point with burst transfers, you might also lose all your data on Nvidia controller. I wouldn't build a system on their chipset even for my mother in law, if I had one. But you, please, go ahead.

I rest my case.
0 0 [Posted by: MyK  | Date: 11/25/09 08:49:55 PM]

Huang is going to get HIS ass kicked when consumers drop off from his company. I'm not going to buy nVidia again in my life! This guy is has a mental problem.!

I think its high time nVidia changed this asshole. He's not mentally fit to run even a department store.!
0 0 [Posted by: tdevinda  | Date: 11/25/09 12:10:15 AM]

Going by NV's past record re chipsets on Intel and AMD enabled boards, the sooner NV totally get out of the chipset business the better

Consumers would be far better served if Nv had never even started making chipset with just one single exception, ION
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 11/27/09 10:15:04 PM]


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