Intel and Nvidia argue where "the soul of the computer"

    Recently, the relationship between Intel and Nvidia began to deteriorate on the basis of fundamental differences regarding the primary / secondary CPU and GPU, and specifically - in connection with the advent of the Nvidia Ion platform . Yesterday, a crisis broke out in these relations.

    Yesterday it became known that Intel filed a lawsuit against Nvidia, in which it is trying to challenge the right of Nvidia to receive deductions under two licenses four years ago. Intel believes that Nvidia may not pay royalties for its existing and future processors that are equipped with an integrated memory controller, such as Nehalem (read - PCs can be built without Nvidia chipsets, but without Intel).

    The most clearly fundamental contradictions between friends rivals appeared inNvidia’s response letter , which she published following the lawsuit. The company believes that the essence of Intel’s claims is the fact that “the evolution of the CPU has gone aside and the soul of the PC is the GPU , and this lawsuit is an attempt to stifle innovation in order to protect the dying business of manufacturing CPUs.”

    We are talking about licenses from 2004, according to which Nvidia provided Intel with such innovative solutions as SLI, Hybrid Power and CUDA.

    Ion is the latest project combining the power of the Nvidia GPU and the north and south bridges in one compact chip. In combination with the CPU, Ion formed a dual-chip PC architecture for Intel processors two years before Intel's own solution. In addition, the Ion platform delivers up to 10x faster performance than today's Intel three-chip solution.

    Recently, the Ion platform was approved by Microsoft, and at the end of last year, Apple chose the Nvidia chipset for its new line of laptops, including the MacBook Classic, MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro. Thus, Intel’s absolute control over the hardware of computers de facto disappears.

    According to Intel, Nvidia itself is to blame for the conflict. Because for a year now she has not agreed to pay royalties for the production of her chipsets, which are compatible with any Intel processor with an integrated memory controller. That is, they can not decide who is the main one in the hardware bundle of Intel-Nvidia chips.

    The war between Intel and Nvidia is expected to be long and hot. Intel has already announced that if this process wins, it will review all other agreements with Nvidia.

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