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Intel Files Suit, NVIDIA Responds Boldly

MojoKid (1002251) writes | more than 5 years ago

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MojoKid writes "NVIDIA and Intel have always had an interesting relationship, consisting of a dash of mutual respect and a whole lot of under-the-collar disdain. And with situations such as these, it's easy to understand why. NVIDIA today has come forward with a response to a recent Intel court filing in which Intel alleges that the "four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with 'integrated' memory controllers, such as Nehalem. NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, had this to say about the whole ordeal: "We are confident that our license, as negotiated, applies. At the heart of this issue is that the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU. This is clearly an attempt to stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business.""
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NVidia talks where it should not (1)

amn108 (1231606) | more than 5 years ago | (#26904155)

It is in fact NVidia that opens mouth where it should not. License valid or not, using every opportunity to do their usual "CPU is dead, long live (Nvidia's) GPU!" line won't fool anyone but the dumbest. Here they go again - "We are confident that our license, as negotiated, applies. At the heart of this issue is that the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU. This is clearly an attempt to stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business." Of course you are confident, you have to defend yourself, what else would you be saying? But watch as the CEO hijacks the opportunity again and bash Intel and CPUs in general. Well guess what mr. CEO, you HAVE to have a central processor (oh-oh, that's what the CP in CPU stands for, did you know?), that's not just one doing 3D graphics, which is what you have been doing all these years, but actually centralizes resource management in the system, and even tasks that do not need the CPU still use it for coordination - memory controller, FPU, DMA, interrupt controllers and more. Without the CPU, where do we send orders on bootstrapping the system to a usable and programmable and serviceable state? Tell you what, mr. CEO, - When you have a chip that not only does teraflops with SIMD but can actually CONTROL a motherboard, let us know. Until then be humble and let Intel and others provide. Nobody said you cannot compete, but a GPU alone does not make a system, even less so one that requires a special compiler to make it run generic code. NVidia should learn the meaning of humble, they think slapping together an SLI chip that consumes 200W and only works for two years is a good job done, they think wrong. I'll stick with a 25W x86 CPU for a while longer thank you.

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