Intel and NVIDIA have had agreements in place that allow NVIDIA to build chipsets that support Intel processors. The two firms recently began licensing NVIDIA technology for use on Intel motherboards as well.
Today reports are coming in that Intel has filed a suit against NVIDIA alleging that the licensing agreement in effect does not allow NVIDIA to build chipsets for Intel processors with integrated memory controllers -- including the Nehalem CPUs.
According to Bit-Tech, Intel issued a statement saying, "Intel has filed suit against NVIDIA seeking a declaratory judgment over rights associated with two agreements between the companies. The suit seeks to have the court declare that NVIDIA is not licensed to produce chipsets that are compatible with any Intel processor that has integrated memory controller functionality, such as Intel’s Nehalem microprocessors and that NVIDIA has breached the agreement with Intel by falsely claiming that it is licensed. Intel has been in discussions with NVIDIA for more than a year attempting to resolve the matter but unfortunately we were unsuccessful. As a result Intel is asking the court to resolve this dispute."
NVIDIA feels confident that its license agreement does in fact allow it to build chipsets for Intel processors with integrated memory controllers. So confident in fact that according to NVIDIA it will not change its roadmap and will continue development of chipsets for the Intel processors in question and for future Intel processors.
NVIDIA points out that this license disagreement does not affect any of its currently shipping products and the graphics giant doesn't expect any impact to its current business regardless of the outcome.
NVIDIA has released an official statement saying, "NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers. We are aggressively developing new products for Intel’s current front side bus (MCP79 and MCP89) and for Intel’s future bus, DMI."
NVIDIA maintains that the suit is nothing but an attempt by Intel to slow the adoption of NVIDIA platforms and protect a decaying CPU business where the CPU has become much less relevant compared to the GPU inside a PC.
quote: Can you really blame them? If you invented something then someone came along and cloned it and started selling it for $2 less, wouldn't you try to protect your business?
quote: if Intel didnt want Nvidia making chipsets for Intel processors, then they should not have licensed the technology to them.
quote: Personally I think this is crap. It's like Intel makes a car engine, then forces you to "license" gas pedal designs.
quote: Intel fooled you and everyone like you. i7 is a rethinking of skulltrail designed to milk you dry.
quote: When the i5's come out with their different socket, and lack of triple channel support you might see i7 more for what it is, a disguised skulltrail.
quote: The ugly: The integrated graphics and memory controller on the Atom is primarily done to save space and power, not to enhance performance (although it should).
quote: The bad: Intel isn't hesitant to sue over chipsets.
quote: NVIDIA is not licensed to produce chipsets that are compatible with any Intel processor that has integrated memory controller functionality
quote: Intel has been in discussions with NVIDIA for more than a year attempting to resolve the matter but unfortunately we were unsuccessful.
quote: NVIDIA maintains that the suit is nothing but an attempt by Intel to slow the adoption of NVIDIA platforms and protect a decaying CPU business where the CPU has become much less relevant compared to the GPU inside a PC.
quote: I don't give a rat's arse if anyone else agrees or disagress but Motoman (I hope i didn't screw his name up) is right on this issue -- as far as gamers are concerned, i can tell you from long experience both mucking with my own gaming PC builds and just being a huge fan of all types of computer games over the many years i've been playing the GPU makes a huge difference in games ---- ONCE YOU HAVE A DECENT CPU...
quote: Motoman simply stating the obvious in an overbearing tone is what's sparking the debate here.
quote: They bring it home, and the kid can't play a single game, because it has Intel integrated graphics. Whether it has a P4 or an i7, Intel integrated graphics prohibit you from gaming, period. And when the kid complains, the parents just ignore him, because they just bought a "brand new computer" and therefore it must be fine.
quote: While making such a statement so broadly was stupid, there certainly are plenty of examples where, in gaming at least, it can clearly be demonstrated that the CPU is much less important than the GPU.
quote: So you are denying the fact that the CPU is less important than a GPU in a gaming situation? Lets flash back to an old rig of mine...
quote: On the other hand, that 3.0Ghz P4 with a HD4850 would be an infinitely better gaming machine than an i7 PC with Intel integrated graphics.
quote: And because you started nitpicking, so will I. What kind of i7 machine with integrated graphics is NOT going to have a 16X PCI-E slot ?
quote: You would be infinitely better off with the i7 machine, for everything, after throwing in your own video card than using the terribly obsolete P4.
quote: 4 megaflops isn't anything to say "what gpu computing" over.