Intel Sues Nvidia Over Chipset License
"The ongoing "war" between Intel and Nvidia continues..."
Published: 19th February 2009 | Source: bit-tech |
Just after a calm seemed to have appeared, with Nvidia licensing their SLI technology for use on all Intel-branded X58 motherboards, the "war" between giants Intel and Nvidia has ensued once again. This time Intel is firing the first shot, filing a lawsuit against Nvidia over the chipset agreement formed between the two companies four years ago.
Intel went on to comment that re-negotiation is not out of the question.
Mulloy also wanted to make it clear that the filing was not a suit in the sense that Intel is not seeking payment for damages, but rather simply wants Nvidia to pay the legal fees should Intel win the case.
The question to bring up here is, why is this only occurring now? Intel has already seemingly shutdown Nvidia's chipset manufacturing for their primary Nehalem CPU platform, the Core i7. What has Nvidia done recently to prompt such an action?
Something Nvidia spokesperson Ujesh Desai had to say may shed a little light on things. In a talk with bit-tech, Nvidia mentions that their roadmap has not changed with this suit and even hinted that chipsets for Nehalem and beyond may be on the horizon.
Nvidia issued an official press release in response to this lawsuit. In it, they express their belief that Intel's claims won't hold water, saying:
Jen-Hsun goes on to say that it seems that Intel feels threatened by all of the innovations Nvidia has come up with over the concerned time span, specifically mentioning the recently announced ION platform, which pairs Intel's low-cost, low-power Atom CPU with an integrated Nvidia GPU/northbridge/southbridge combo chip to offer greater performance over Intel's own platform offering.
Do you think that Intel is making a legitimate claim? Or is this simply an attempt to put a lid on some of Nvidia's more recent projects?
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