Intel takes chipset dispute with Nvidia to court

By on February 18, 2009, 2:48 PM
The discrepancies between Intel and Nvidia over the terms of a 2004 chipset licensing agreement have unsurprisingly evolved into a into a full-on legal showdown, with the former now seeking a declaratory judgment that would prevent Nvidia from peddling nForce motherboards that support any Intel processor with integrated memory controller functionality.

They are of course referring to the Nehalem architecture behind Core i7, which is their first to use an embedded memory controller that the company calls QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Intel maintains that the agreements between the two does not extend to those technologies while Nvidia says that they contain no language that limits the licensing to specific products and does not carry any sort of expiration date.

Furthermore, Nvidia’s president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has publicly accused the chip maker of trying to pull licensing as a way of dominating the computer market, adding that Intel is worried because “the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU.” The graphics firm says it has been trying to resolve the problem with Intel in a “fair and reasonable manner” for more than a year, though it has also had no problem in blaming them for many of the ills that the technology industry is facing – blaming Atom for the backslide in PC sales and noting that their netbook platform is vastly inferior than Ion.

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captain828 said:
Some competition on Intel's i7 chipset would be really good.Curios to see how it will end...
JDoors said:
Nvidia’s president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang ... [says] ... that Intel is worried because “the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU.”What nonsense. If he's that dishonest (or delusional), Intel has nothing to worry about.Competition: Good. Cheating on your license agreement: Bad.
tengeta said:
Yeah, GPU's will never overcome CPU's for the simple reason most people aren't gaming on their PC.Thats just ridiculous, I might actually end up siding with Intel on this one.
howzz1854 said:
he's not talking about gaming on the PC, he's referring to CUDA, which allows GPU's mass stream processor to function as everyday application. right now there're only a few things you can run CUDA on, like video encoding, and other render intensive stuff. but IMO intel should be worried because if Nvidia/ATI can figure out a way to introduce a common language for their GPU to function in every application. i believe CPU's role will be quickly diminished. just look at the performance difference between encoding a H264 movie with a Core2 Exteme CPU and a moderate Geforece 8800GT GPU, the difference is something like 10 times faster.
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