Nvidia has decided to delay the development of its chips that are tailored to work with Intel’s latest microprocessor technology citing its ongoing patent licensing dispute with the world's biggest semiconductor company.
The leading graphics chip designer has issued a statement explaining the rationale behind its actions; it mentioned that owing to Intel’s improper claims that state that Nvidia is not authorised to licence the new direct media interface (DMI) bus, it has decided to postpone the development of chipsets for Intel DMI CPUs.
It is interesting to note that in February this year, Intel has filed a lawsuit in which it requested the judge to explicitly declare that Nvidia does not have the authorisation to develop chipsets that re;ated to Intel's new Nehalem-based DMI bus, something that essentially connects the CPU to the memory.
Nvidia had disputed Intel's claims and it now looks to avoid any investments in new chip design for Intel’s DMI range and this move is likely to increase the profitability of the company in short run as substantial expenses in research and development will be reduced.
However Nvidia will continue to produce chipsets for Intel’s older processor range and this development is taken by industry watchers as a one off incident.
Chipsets are an essential part of a platform development and essentially, Intel is trying to close make sure Nvidia can no longer produce Intel-compatible chipsets for the current range of products. In contrast, it is unlikely that AMD will do something similar simply because it cannot afford to. Furthermore, it is unlikely that Nvidia removes SLI support from Intel's own X58 chipset.
(Wall Street Journal)