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Intel Takes nVidia To Court But May Play Nice

Gordon Kelly

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Intel Takes nVidia To Court But May Play Nice

I'd never have picked Intel as a company not to hold grudges, but it seems the CPU giant can be quite reasonable towards those it takes to court...

Yesterday that company was nVidia as Intel "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 {Core i7} microprocessors and that NVIDIA has breached the agreement with Intel by falsely claiming that it is licensed."

Should Intel get its way however then comes this:

"I wouldn't rule out a renegotiation if we win the suit," admitted Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy to our former sister site Bit-tech. "There are options available to us and re-negotiating the license is one of them." He added "The other options we have are confidential at this time and we're not willing to discuss them."

So, if we are to get this right: Intel is angry at nVidia for what it sees as the GPU monolith overstepping the mark and messing with its intellectual property BUT should it prove this to be the case in a court of law then it may well allow nVidia to proceed anyway. Kind of a we're-trying-to-make-a-point-lawsuit then?

So nVidia, time to start shaking. After all, if you win the libel then you win and if you lose the libel you may well still win. Gotta love those odds...

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via Bit-tech

mr dog

February 19, 2009, 10:00 pm

"The other options we have are confidential at this time and we're not willing to discuss them."





that sounds massively over-ominous

life

February 20, 2009, 12:29 am

I dunno about playing nice mate... If Intel win this and oh-so-generously negotiate a new deal for nVidia to continue using their architecture IP, they are either going to want a boat load more cash, and / or licensing of nVidia's GPU IP as a trade. They would essentially have carte blanche to demand whatever they want; nVidia need this licensing to continue being competitive.





I would think that another reason they would want to offer renegotiation after a legal victory is to stave off the US DoJ / EUC from stamping all over them with-anti trust legislation. I'd wager nVidia could at least build a case here given that Intel is currently cross-licensing a ton of x86 IP with their only major rival - AMD.

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