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Nvidia CEO Celebrates FTC's Case Against Intel

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Nvidia Chief weighs in on Intel's FTC strife.

Yesterday news broke that the FTC was investigating Intel. Soon after, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang sent out a company memo informing the troops that this kind of event could "transform the industry." Read Huang's full memo below.

Hi everyone,

The U.S. government announced today that it has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel. This is an action the industry needs and one that consumers deserve. And it’s one that can completely transform the computer industry.

The facts are clear. The FTC has charged that Intel has used its monopoly illegally to stifle innovation, to keep prices for their products inflated, and to unfairly block competitors. The FTC believes that millions of consumers have paid more and received less quality in return–and that companies and their employees have been forced out of markets where Intel has been threatened.

Intel is fully aware that great graphics have become one of the most important features for consumer PCs, the fastest-growing segment of the PC market. Even more alarming to Intel is the revolutionary parallel computing technology in our GPUs that is being adopted by software developers across the world. The more successful we became, the bigger threat we were to Intel’s monopoly. Instead of creating competitive GPU solutions and competing on the merits of their products, Intel has resorted to unlawful acts to stop us. The FTC announced today that this isn’t acceptable.

Nothing this complicated gets decided quickly. It will take months for the FTC case to be heard by an administrative judge who will then recommend a ruling back to the FTC. And it’s possible that this decision could be appealed. But today is a huge step forward for all of us that will begin to re-level the playing field.

Today’s FTC announcement highlights the industry-changing impact of the GPU and the importance of our work. Our innovation is making the PC magical and amazing again. I can now imagine the day when Intel can no longer block consumers from enjoying our creation and experience computing in a way we know is possible.

Keep innovating...

Jensen

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    sstym , December 17, 2009 1:40 PM
    Thank you Jen for your measured reaction.
    My guess is what you wanted to say was
    "That'll teach you b*tches to screw up our chipset division. Also, please send me your Larrabee prime blueprints, I'm out of TP. Bwahahahahahaha!"
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    Onus , December 17, 2009 2:03 PM
    I agree with sstym, BUT, this does seem a little hypocritical coming from the same company that decided, if you're using a competitor's GPU, "No PhysX for YOU!"
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    pullmyfinger123 , December 17, 2009 2:00 PM
    I wish Nvidia would stop popping the champagne corks and focus on how it can compete with AMD/ATI. Nvidia is falling behind in price and performance. FOCUS PLEASE, Nvidia!
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    sstym , December 17, 2009 1:40 PM
    Thank you Jen for your measured reaction.
    My guess is what you wanted to say was
    "That'll teach you b*tches to screw up our chipset division. Also, please send me your Larrabee prime blueprints, I'm out of TP. Bwahahahahahaha!"
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    pullmyfinger123 , December 17, 2009 2:00 PM
    I wish Nvidia would stop popping the champagne corks and focus on how it can compete with AMD/ATI. Nvidia is falling behind in price and performance. FOCUS PLEASE, Nvidia!
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    Onus , December 17, 2009 2:03 PM
    I agree with sstym, BUT, this does seem a little hypocritical coming from the same company that decided, if you're using a competitor's GPU, "No PhysX for YOU!"
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    igot1forya , December 17, 2009 2:17 PM
    My guess is that the FTC's observation of Intel paying off AMD as a sign of their guilt. Additionally, sense AMD's cases have been dropped the FTC is free to subpoena anyone and everyone now with out the restrictions that another pending case would cause (evidence being withheld or blocked for example).
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    Socnom , December 17, 2009 2:29 PM
    Summation of Nvid's CEO comment:
    Yes!! Thank you FTC for giving us a scape goat for our lack of innovation.

    Does Nvidia's CEO know that they do not compete in the CPU market? Does he know that if Intel keeps a monopoly and hinders innovation of CPUs that it actually helps him if the mainstream adopts parallel computing of GPUs? Where do you think people will go if a CPU upgrade does nil, but a GPU upgrade improves performance?

    Will someone please get him a neck cone to prevent his foot from entering his mouth!?
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    mrcmark , December 17, 2009 2:31 PM
    Good memo to boost employees moral. Cunsumers deserve innovation. Competition from these companies makes sure that cunsumers always benefits.
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    mrcmark , December 17, 2009 2:35 PM
    consumers - sorry
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    Glorian , December 17, 2009 2:36 PM
    Nice, another line of dialogue has been added.

    Intel: Ok AMD we are sorry, you can have some pie.
    AMD: Thank you.
    FTC: CAN I HAS PIE TOO?!
    Nvidia: Pssss, hey FTC. Get a big piece so I can have some too.
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    falchard , December 17, 2009 2:39 PM
    Not good for nVidia to gloat. If this passes, nVidia is next on their list.
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    aceright , December 17, 2009 2:41 PM
    My Dell XPS1330 laptop died this week. Reason? Nvidia GPU "bumpgate" death. NV clearly knew of this issue and covered it up to the detriment to consumers. I don't want to hear a single word from them about fair business practices as NV are some of the biggest hypocrits in the industry. My 6800GT sans advertised video features says hello as well. Maybe NV should be investigated as they have a long history of similar practices, anti-competitive behavior, and actions that harm consumers. Not only do you have PhysX, but there is a long list of actions like their SLI lockouts, developer bullying (e.g. removing features that benefit competitors), and driver hacks that hurt AI. Their influence on review sites is also pretty staggering.
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    fulle , December 17, 2009 2:41 PM
    I like Nvidia... they have done great things to make graphics technology better, and eventually I hope that GPGPU / parallel computing will be much more widely used. They're right, as soon as Intel saw them as a threat, they pulled their typical BS monopolistic tactics. I hope the FTC takes it to those bastards...

    But, Nvidia's marketing department seems to have a collective mindset pulled straight out of... really mean middle school students. They're not going to do anything blatantly evil, but only because they don't have the ability to. If a developer gets support from Nvidia, suddenly AA features go missing for ATI products, or DX10.1 support is pulled. Pulling PhysX support for users who have an ATI GPU, just because they know that they're current videocards are inferior.

    Intel needs to be punished, but Nvidia probably shouldn't gloat so much. We know they're assholes too.
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    cscott_it , December 17, 2009 2:48 PM
    Daekar, they are referencing leveraging tactics to OEMs, Server Builders, etc. (Dell, HP, Asus, etc.) And offering them steep discounts IF they did not buy X amount of other product and only make X product available through certain small channels. (For example, I believe there was something with HP and only being able to use AMD chips in servers for 'X' sized business otherwise they wouldn't be able to offer such steep rebates and price reductions).
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    danish_2828 , December 17, 2009 2:49 PM
    GlorianNice, another line of dialogue has been added.Intel: Ok AMD we are sorry, you can have some pie.AMD: Thank you.FTC: CAN I HAS PIE TOO?!Nvidia: Pssss, hey FTC. Get a big piece so I can have some too.

    FTC: Only if you let PhysX work with AMD
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    backin5 , December 17, 2009 3:12 PM
    Yes, it would be appropriate for the FTC to go after Nvidia because of their Physx lock down. It restricts consumers choice.

    Besides, one would think Nvidia has its hands full preparing to launch the new geforce 300 series. Apparently not...
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    christop , December 17, 2009 3:14 PM
    Stop the party and come up with a new gpu. You Guys have fell off I am going with Ati next build.
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    lumpy , December 17, 2009 3:37 PM
    If You want physX...buy Nvidia.Why would they want it to work on AMD cards? You have a choice christop. Its like saying it isnt fair that some ps3 games wont play on your xbox360.boo hoo
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    roofus , December 17, 2009 3:40 PM
    what does physx have to do with ANY FTC case? if it were mine and i had to BUY Ageia to obtain the tech, i wouldn't hand it over freely to the side of the aisle that continuously mocks its existence, would you?
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    lumpy , December 17, 2009 3:40 PM
    opps..sory.I ment backin5.
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    NightLight , December 17, 2009 3:42 PM
    This will hurt innovation if anything. Imagine a world without Intel...
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