NVidia's Dispute over Nehalem Licensing - SLI not involved

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  1. Jawed

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    As posted by Bit-tech

    Might as well link the Daily Tech version of the story while I'm here (even though it references Bit-tech):

    http://www.dailytech.com/Intel+Sues+NVIDIA+Over+Chipset+Manufacturing/article14322.htm

    Which is useful because it includes this snippet I missed before:

    Implying that the battle is over DMI. I think DMI has been suggested before as the point of conflict.

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    From the sounds of it...

    Nvidia believes the current agreement allows them to build chipsets for Intel CPUs regardless of what type of "bus" it uses.

    Intel believes the current agreement only applies to ones currently available. And future busses need to be licensed seperately.

    Nvidia is going ahead with developement on chipsets supporting newer Intel busses and Intel is seeking a court order to make them stop unless they license the ability to do so.

    At least that's the gist of what I get from this.

    Regards,
    SB
     
  4. Davros

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    why do they need a license
     
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    So they can say that their chipset is certified for those processors. otherwise intel would just do something funky during the processor startup and leave the chipsets dead.
    Why do you need a license for SLi?
     
  6. Davros

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    you shouldnt do if the board has 2 pci-e slots sli should work they are standard slots nothing has to be done to them or added to make sli work (what next hard drives wont raid on non licensed sata chipsets)
    its only becasue nv has put some mechanism in its drivers to disable it on chipsets they dont like, what next a single gfx card not working unless the board maker pays nvidia
    its a form of blackmail if you dont pay us we will disable sli on your boards...
     
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    I prefer the term idiot tax ;)
     
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    ACtually the review of the X58 boards seemed to indicate there was more to it than that as they sucked at sli until the most recent bios release that actually fixed all the issues.

    And while I believe Sli should be available on all boards I do understand that Nvidia would not want it to work like crap and dilute mindshare.
     
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    CF didnt work out of the box either , needed a new bios...
     
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    Thought you'd like this :

    As Intel took its case against Nvidia to court, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang could not resist making the oft-repeated assertion that the GPU is in, and CPU is out--a thinly veiled reference to the graphics chip maker's credo that PC processor mind share is shifting from Intel to Nvidia.


    Here is the statement that Huang inserted into the Thursday Nvidia release about the Intel court filing. "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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    For an internal only, confidential, document I'm fairly sure you can quote whoever you like, and Fudzillas sources are breaking their confidentiality agreement.
     
  13. Davros

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    what is it with intel, can they not design a decent gpu
    maybe they should of bought ati
    or is it that if they did and everyone had decent graphics importance would shift more toward the gpu and away from the cpu so they keep making sucky ones ;)
     
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    Yup, you're exactly right AFAICT. Although was it really internal only? Might this not be shown to potential customers? I'll admit to have no idea as to the legal status there if the quotes were truly out of context.

    This part is hilarious though:
    Errr, right. The only reason it'll increase the BOM is because you are artificially forcing customers to pay the full CPU+Chipset price anyway. If you looked at the real manufacturing costs of both solutions, it's pretty clear that's pure BS. I'd be very interested in truly reliable and fair power tests in non-3D workloads, though.
     
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    Competitive Position Guides are an internal briefing document, you use it to answer questions perhaps from press or customers as to Intels position.
    To be honest I think they are probably right on most the points they make too - HD videos relevence to the market is in my mind argueable.
    3D gaming performance is poor even with Ion as the CPU can't keep pace even with an IGP
    Without CPU+chipset bundling the BOM would probably go up as I can't MCP79 isn't a small chip and its manufactured on a far newer process than 945GC so either the margins are going to be LOLsmall or it'll push the price up.

    As for quotes and context, they'll include links to the articles so people can see for themselves anyway, as it is this is a non-story, its just Fuad trying to pretend people give a damn what he writes (badly).

    For a Nettop platform I think Anandtech can obligue? http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3509&p=6

    5W extra idle and load, so 33% idle, 25% load.

    I know we are all hardware snobs here but for the average Atom buyer I would say 945GC is sufficient, these are cheap internet and home office systems and while Ion may give them a few extra capabilities it just means people are going to be disappointed in other areas as they'll expect increased performance across the board and it can't deliver.
     
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    Everything is useless. Doesn't mean useless stuff doesn't sell. How many people buy much more expensive CPUs than they'll ever need for the entire lifetime of the system?
    FWIW, I agree gaming is a gimmick, although personally I still think HD video is useful.

    You're only partially right... According to this, the 945's die size is ~101.76mm²: http://www.intel.com/assets/pdf/designguide/307504.pdf
    And the ICH9's die size is ~64.78mm²: http://www.intel.com/Assets/PDF/designguide/316974.pdf

    I know Atom uses ICH7, but the die size of that chip isn't public. Presumably it isn't smaller than 50mm² though, which means the total die size is... ~150mm². What is MCP79's die size? ~150mm². The big difference, of course, is that MCP79 is on 65nm and isn't manufactured on old fully amortized fabs; but there are a few other factors to consider such as:
    - 1 package vs 2 packages.
    - ICH7 doesn't even integrate PS/2, so they need a SuperIO chip in just about every setup - probably including most netbooks... Similarly, ICH7 doesn't integrate an Ethernet MAC.
    - I have yet to see an Atom PCB that is quite as small as Ion, so that also implies higher integration for things most people don't usually think of.

    In the end it's likely that even if Intel was 100% fair, MCP79 would still increase the BoM, but it'd probably be a small increase and maybe even within the margin of error TBH...

    Fair enough, I didn't see the presentation so I wasn't sure they included links to the articles.

    For a Nettop platform I think Anandtech can obligue? http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3509&p=6

    5W extra idle and load, so 33% idle, 25% load.[/QUOTE]Intriguing, although that is Atom 230 vs 330 and that's probably MCP79U, not MCP79MX etc... Still not a good sign, obviously.

    I pretty much agree, Atom is still too slow. I'd much rather wait for a Cortex-A9 netbook than one based on Pineview, thank you very much! ;)

    (oh hey, this did turn out into a pretty big post - and it ended into a mention of the Cortex-A9! Maybe I'm being a tad too predicable...)
     
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    I don't think any Nettops or Netbooks are using PS2, but other than that I'd probably agree.
    The ION reference platform is using 2 PCBs however and is presumably optimised for size rather than cost (how many layers is it compared to a typical Atom board for example?).

    D'oh my mistake there.

    Cortex-A9 with ZRAM surely? ;)
     
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    Enemas for leaky Intel staff

    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/opinion/145/1051145/intel-broadsides-nvidia-powerpoint-assault

    :lol:

    Jawed
     
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    The first page of that article here has under the cost of Ion:
    There are a few dozen Ion reference platforms out in the hands of OEMs and decision makers in the industry. NVIDIA expects Ion to add between $50 and $100 to the cost of a typical Atom machine.

    That seems quite a bit, say adds 33% to BOM maybe more?

    Anyway looks like Ion is trying to repeat the business model nvidia had in the regular mobile(notebook/laptop) market where they would sell add in gpus into a large percentage of the mid and high end models and leave alone the low end models. Which is great as long as there are actually sales of mid/high end models.
     
  20. Jawed

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    NVidia didn't take long

    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/02/25/nvidia-responds-to-intel-document/1

    Jawed
     
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