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Nvidia Halts Chipset Developments

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Nvidia yesterday confirmed that the company is halting development of its chipsets because of legal issues with Intel.

Robert Sherbin, lead corporate communications spokesman for Nvidia, told PC Magazine that the company will postpone further chipset investments until legal issues with Intel are resolved in court next year. Intel says that its four-year agreement with Nvidia doesn't cover the Nehalem or Core series of processors and, while the legalities have nothing to do with Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia has stopped developing chipsets for AMD as well.

"We have said that we will continue to innovate integrated solutions for Intel's FSB architecture," Sherbin told PC Magazine in an email. "We firmly believe that this market has a long healthy life ahead. But because of Intel's improper claims to customers and the market that we aren't licensed to the new DMI bus and its unfair business tactics, it is effectively impossible for us to market chipsets for future CPUs. So, until we resolve this matter in court next year, we'll postpone further chipset investments."

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    ceteras , October 8, 2009 11:13 AM
    nvidia chipsets might not have been the greatest, but less competition is never a good thing for us, consumers.

    I say this is another example of how intel's aggressive ways could translate to less innovative products on the market, and possibly higher prices for us.
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    JeanLuc , October 8, 2009 10:57 AM
    Robert Sherbin - Nvidia"But because of Intel's improper claims to customers and the market that we aren't licensed to the new DMI bus and its unfair business tactics"


    You just have to laugh at this, Nvidia one of the most unethical companies of recent times (in the tech industry) complaining about unfair business tactics.

    Tell us Mr Sherbin is it fair business tactics to get developers to enable things like anti aliasing on your products and disable on competitors products a la Batman Arkham Asylum?

    Tell us Mr Sherbin is it fair business tactics to disable PhysX on users who want to use their old Geforce cards for dedicated PhysX and use a Radeon as the primary video card?

    Tell us Mr Sherbin is it fair business tactics to take advantage of the greedy and stupid by initially charging an unprecedented $650 for a GTX280 video card? (this one might be ok)

    The sad thing is if this was AMD I would back them up since it's Intel and no doubt Intel as being a-holes to Nvidia but this time around I don't really care. This is a classic case of the the pot calling the kettle black.
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    EXT64 , October 8, 2009 10:58 AM
    No, GT300 is still alive and well. This is the Chipset, like nForce 4, etc.
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    JeanLuc , October 8, 2009 10:57 AM
    Robert Sherbin - Nvidia"But because of Intel's improper claims to customers and the market that we aren't licensed to the new DMI bus and its unfair business tactics"


    You just have to laugh at this, Nvidia one of the most unethical companies of recent times (in the tech industry) complaining about unfair business tactics.

    Tell us Mr Sherbin is it fair business tactics to get developers to enable things like anti aliasing on your products and disable on competitors products a la Batman Arkham Asylum?

    Tell us Mr Sherbin is it fair business tactics to disable PhysX on users who want to use their old Geforce cards for dedicated PhysX and use a Radeon as the primary video card?

    Tell us Mr Sherbin is it fair business tactics to take advantage of the greedy and stupid by initially charging an unprecedented $650 for a GTX280 video card? (this one might be ok)

    The sad thing is if this was AMD I would back them up since it's Intel and no doubt Intel as being a-holes to Nvidia but this time around I don't really care. This is a classic case of the the pot calling the kettle black.
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    EXT64 , October 8, 2009 10:58 AM
    No, GT300 is still alive and well. This is the Chipset, like nForce 4, etc.
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    dan101rayzor , October 8, 2009 11:03 AM
    EXT64No, GT300 is still alive and well. This is the Chipset, like nForce 4, etc.

    ok thanks
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    Inneandar , October 8, 2009 11:04 AM
    @dan101rayzor: no, this has nothing to do with GT300

    Geez, what's with all the hate...
    What this means is intel is killing decent integrated graphics for intel CPU's. If you don't want to invest in discrete graphics, an nvidia chipset is often your best option (unless you choose AMD of course).
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    EXT64 , October 8, 2009 11:08 AM
    I guess if you want a decent mid/low end integrated graphics PC, you'll have to go AMD/ATI, as ATI has pretty decent integrated too. I for one never had much problem with NVIdia chipsets, but I have heard of a lot who did.
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    ceteras , October 8, 2009 11:13 AM
    nvidia chipsets might not have been the greatest, but less competition is never a good thing for us, consumers.

    I say this is another example of how intel's aggressive ways could translate to less innovative products on the market, and possibly higher prices for us.
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    skora , October 8, 2009 11:24 AM
    Maybe we can convince Nvidia to spin off the chipset section and allow for open source hardware design and they make the products and sell them. Its seems to be a fad to take down overbearing monopolistic companies by going open source. If you can't work with intel, and you can't beat them, take their legs out from under them. Follow the OS and virus scan paths. Look at all the big money companies those initiatives have pissed off!!!!

    I'm against any company that thinks courtrooms are a place to gain market share. But it is more lucrative to hire a law firm than build a better cheaper product than then next guy. And the bottom line is the only line.
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    the_krasno , October 8, 2009 11:32 AM
    Who cares, most people go with an Intel chipset anyway and then add the graphics card of their choice.
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    Regulas , October 8, 2009 11:42 AM
    I wonder if this will affect the ATOM and the ION? Loss of competition is almost always a bad thing.
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    kartu , October 8, 2009 11:54 AM
    JeanlucYou just have to laugh at this, Nvidia one of the most unethical companies of recent times (in the tech industry) complaining about unfair business tactics.

    Everything is relative. Compared to Intel, who threated its partners so that that they refused to get AMD CPUs FOR FREE, they are angels.
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    hixbot , October 8, 2009 12:01 PM
    Way to back down when cornered, Nvidia.
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    Pei-chen , October 8, 2009 12:13 PM
    Wow, lots of hate and fanboyism here. Yet I won't be surprised if GT300 turns out to be another G80/G92 and everyone jumps onboard. Customer royalty only last a few months apparently.

    BTW, in case the fanboys forget, it was Nvidia's nForce and nForce2 that got AMD into performance PC. Before that, AMD's own chipset are expensive and lack lots of features.
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    ohim , October 8, 2009 12:35 PM
    1 more thing not to like intel . They realy hate competition that badly. Too bad there are shitloads of ppl who for few % in performance still sustain intel in their quest to overtake the PC industry after that they won`t be able to buy even a midrange CPU from their beloved performance king so they will start to look for shitty cheap cpus .
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    ohim , October 8, 2009 12:38 PM
    I mean let`s assume that AMD wouldn`t exist now, you won`t be seeing ppl looking into buying a Core i7 920 (wich would of cost about 1000$+) for their gaming rig but would be looking at a E5400 in the range of 300$.
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    Ryun , October 8, 2009 12:47 PM
    Man, that really sucks. High power consumption was always present on some of the higher end chipsets but generally nVidias chipsets were solid (I have a 680i humming along just fine upstairs).

    I don't see why they can't just make AMD chipsets though. While I surmise that the market for an expensive AMD system with SLI is quite low, I'm sure chipsets with an IGP that can do multi-channel digital audio via LCPM (a la 9300 MCP) would do just fine.
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    dheadley , October 8, 2009 12:52 PM
    Say whatever you want, but Nvidia's chipset's in years past allowed a lot of people that build their own systems to build much higher performance and feature rich systems at a much lower price point than anything available from Intel.

    I've used boards built on their design for my gaming rigs for years and am on my 5th Nvidia motherboard/AMD CPU/SLi combination, and have built 6 other non-SLi systems as well for our house. While their drivers are definitely hit or miss on the quality, the hardware has never let me down yet. I've had a dozen motherboards, at least 25 video cards and never had any problems with a single one.

    On the other hand prior to switching to Nvidia, I used to build a lot of single processor Intel and dual processor systems starting with Pentium/Tyan Tomcat boards right on through Xeon's and have had a lot of motherboard failures on Intel's "server" class boards that I paid 3 times the money for. I remember a time when I was building dual Pentium Pro systems that one Intel board I used was such complete trash that I had 6 fail in a 8 month period and started finding the $500+ board at flea market computer shows for under $100 in less than 6 months because everyone thought they were junk.

    Nvidia chipset's no problems and great performance from integrated video, Intel chipset's lots of problems and returns plus crappy performance from integrated video. Tough choice.
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