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News Intel files lawsuit against Nvidia

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 18 Feb 2009.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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  2. tejas

    tejas New Member

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    Typical bully tactics by Intel. Nvidia should have had a chipset out for Nehalem but were strong armed into providing SLI on X58 which is a disgrace imo. Funny how AMD doesn't go back on its agreements with Nvidia even though both are bitter GPU opponents!

    Intel better watch it as this will only add more impetus for the EU antitrust case with AMD. This clearly shows that Intel are abusing their dominant position. How does a 700 million Euro fine sound to you Intel in the middle of a severe recession?
     
  3. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    I couldn't agree more.

    Intel 'Please help us sell more of our x58 boards'

    NVidia ' Hmm.. well.. okaaay'

    Intel 'kthx!'.. 'er, btw don't go making your own boards to support OUR chip, k?'
     
  4. n3mo

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    As expected from Intel. They should focus on making a good CPU, not "500% more money for 7% more performance". Cases like this are why I don't buy anything from Intel since Pentium PRO.
     
  5. Tokukachi

    Tokukachi New Member

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    Interesting, well have to see what happen in the court room. Though I'm sure this will probably be settled out of court.

    BTW, when did you guys start using that stupid In-text advertising, all it does is annoy people!
     
  6. genesisofthesith

    genesisofthesith complete spanner

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    It won't affect the ION platform as it's FSB based - it's the QuickPath interface that Nvidia don't have a licence to.

    As long as Intel are willing to negotiate over licencing the interface I don't see the problem - Nvidia don't automatically gain rights to a new Intel developed interface, but at the same time if Nvidia can offer mutually agreeable terms for licencing the tech Intel shouldn't refuse just to restrict competition.
     
  7. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    what about AMD/ATI?
     
  8. Tim S

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    I've updated after speaking to Nvidia and receiving a statement from Intel. I'm hopefully talking on the phone with Intel this afternoon to answer a few more questions as well.
     
  9. MrMonroe

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    I still don't understand why Intel feels compelled to funnel as much money as possible to a subsidiary of its only relevant competitor in the CPU market by shutting out nVidia. They need to get over themselves and realize that nVidia will always be able to provide better high-end graphics than their own on-board chipsets, and start exploiting that relationship to drive AMD/ATI out of the market instead of inviting them further in.
     
  10. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Oh well... lets just look at this in a positive sense, AMD/ATI grow, thus keeping an equilibrium in the market, all thanks to Intel's and nVidia's (not so) recent ranting.
     
  11. tejas

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    Sorry but some people like AMD + Nvidia solutions and not AMD + ATI solutions. Nvidia have been making chipsets for AMD before AMD ever was! Still Nvidia are the leading suppliers of AMD chipsets on the server side of things and Nvidia are the ONLY competition for Intel and AMD chipsets. Without Nvidia Intel and AMD could charge whatever extortionate price they wanted for their chipsets...

    Nvidia = competition pressure on Intel and AMD chipsets = lower prices
     
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    Hardly, if Intel are charging almost the same for the standalone atom CPU as for the CPU and Chipset combo if anything the profit margin would be higher for Intel on ION designs than for Atom+945g designs.

    It's only the newer x4500HD chipset that ION will be competing with - and thats largely a draw with the exception of gaming (which will be awful on both anyway) and CUDA.
     
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    boiled_elephant Whitelist Bit-Tech in your adblock!

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    And to an extent, they're both right ^^

    They're both shameless fashion items on the hardware market now, but it doesn't matter as long as they remain good hardware. Which they seem to be doing.
     
  15. RDST

    RDST He who wonders...

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    I have one thing to ask: If the four year license is still with in its terms of contract, then what legal dispute is there? Intel and Nvidia are in an contracted agreement, how can it be broken?

    Granted I don't know the fine print, but that's just my view.
     
  16. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    I'm not really on nVidia's side here. While Intel may be strong-arming nVidia on current and next-gen chip(set) licenses, nVidia has pretty much done the same with SLI.

    If you wanted to run SLI on a motherboard, that motherboard needed to be based around an nVidia chipset even though that is *not* necessary (as evidenced by the X58 "software" SLI licenses). All that's needed is some driver logic and 2 PEG slots.

    ATi, on the other hand, has never denied Intel the use of CrossFire technology, even after AMD bought ATi.

    Also, claiming that nVidia makes superior chipsets is playing a bit fast and loose with the truth. While nVidia certainly makes better IGP chipsets than Intel their chipsets as a whole are usually riddled with bugs. I have to say I'd take an Intel (non-IGP) chipset over one from nVidia any day. They're just more stable.
     
  17. Adnoctum

    Adnoctum Kill_All_Humans

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    But it won't. Intel and AMD are PLATFORM competitors. How many times have you seen in Bit-Tech reviews comparing price/performance of platforms? If nVidia stopped or is not allowed to make chipsets for Intel CPUs, do you really think Intel will double the price of their chipsets? When AMD has similar/slightly less performance for less than half the price?

    Intel is claiming that the licence covers ONLY those CPUs that use a FSB, basically Socket 775 (Core 2 Duo/Quad) and Socket 603/604/771 (Xeon) CPUS (and surely Atoms?), but NOT those with an Integrated Memory Controller such as the new Core i7s that use QuickPath Interconnect (QPI).
    nVidia says the licence does cover the new QPI.
    It depends on what the wording of the licence is, but Intel looks confident and nVidia is looking worried so I would think that nVidia is screwed.

    I'm betting that Jen-Hsun is wishing that he'd left that can of Whoop-Ass in the fridge!
     
  18. Adnoctum

    Adnoctum Kill_All_Humans

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    Looking at comments here and on other sites, I'd like to make a few points.

    Nobody has an automatic RIGHT to make products using another company's technology, even in the name of competition. This is why technology has to be licenced, to protect the rights of the inventor/developer. This isn't an anti-trust issue, as they are not attempting to use their power to coerce partners/customers. They are simply protecting their IP.

    I don't know the laws regarding technology Intellectual Property, but if it is like Trademark laws, if Intel does not enforce their rights over their technology, they run the risk of the technology becoming ubiquitous and losing control over it. Someone please correct this if this is wrong.

    I have no love for Intel and their dubious ethical history, but...
    Intel owns the technology, they can do what they like with it.
    If you think it sucks, if you think it stifles innovation, if you think it smacks of playground bully, if you think it is an outrageous abuse of power, please feel free to email Intel as I'm sure they'll love to get your thoughts!
     
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    i don't think any of us can really make an argument for or against either Intel or nVidia without seeing a copy of the license itself. However, just from the manner of the spin coming from both companies it seems like Intel will prevail in this case.
    If Intel does in fact win, then they will have a great upper hand when it comes to negotiating a new license with nVidia. It's nVidia that needs the license, Intel's only concern is the money they'll get from such a license
     
  20. Nikumba

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    I am just curious what you would class as a good CPU??

    If the wording in the contract defiens chips that use FSB and not QPI then Intel is well within their rights to have things re-jigged

    Kimbie
     
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