Intel does a preventive strike by NVIDIA

February 19, 2009, 1:04 pm

   Not so long ago, the Network has information on the possible withdrawal of NVIDIA in the market of central processing units, based on the architecture of x86. At the same time, we noted that even typing well qualified staff to do so kaliforniytsam will be very difficult, because the lion`s share of patents and licenses required for the establishment of the CPU, is owned by Intel, which might not share their intellectual property with a potential competitor. In light of recent developments is the possibility of joint collaboration between Intel and NVIDIA seems even less likely - the world`s leading chipmeyker filed in court by one of the leaders in the market of graphics processors and logic systems for personal computers.
So, try to understand what the claims put forward by Intel NVIDIA, whether they are valid, and what could lead the trial. According filed in a Delaware court documents, a leading global chipmeyker considers illegal release of a market system logic for its latest processor, equipped with an integrated memory controller. According to the plaintiff`s license agreement, signed by the parties several years ago, concerned only the previous generation of integrated circuits, and innovative solutions not covered.
As for the respondent, the response to the actions of Intel was followed almost immediately. President and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Sun Huang (Jen-Hsun Huang), noted that his company at this time had not yet begun to supply the global market system logic for processors with integrated memory controller, and thus any claim to NVIDIA far are unfounded. However, Jen-Sun Huang is not merely protected, but decided to go on the offensive, claiming that NVIDIA offers a range of unique solutions, which in the arsenal of Intel simply does not. These are technologies such as SLI, hybrid graphics technology and computing technology parallelization CUDA. Moreover, a recent NVIDIA ION platform is an advantage over the Intel Atom platform is not only compact (uses only two integrated circuits instead of three), but much higher (up to ten times) performance. There is also the fact that last year, Apple has chosen a system of logic with integrated graphics, it is designed NVIDIA, and uses it to manufacture a wide range of systems, such as the MacBook Classic, MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro.
In other words, the popularity of the outcome of Intel, primarily the central processor, realized not only through innovation and high-performance CPU, and last but not least - thanks to a good chipset NVIDIA.
However, a lawsuit by Intel and may be viewed as a preventive attack on the positions of NVIDIA, and more specifically, the system logic to the next newest processors based on Nehalem architecture and its successors. In case of failure for the NVIDIA developments, the company can focus its attention on developing a system of logic for processors AMD, do not forget about the possibility of producing its own CPU. As for the prospects for Intel, its position is very ambiguous. On the one hand, the integration of traditional chipsetnyh blocks in the CPU greatly simplifies system design and logic (it is possible to produce excellent solutions and their own), on the other - Intel may lose a number of functions, which now attracts consumers:SLI, Hybrid Power, and CUDA ;itself may suffer from this. But still worth to wait for the verdict of the court and hope for a peaceful resolution of the problem, it would be beneficial for both the warring parties, and for end users.


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