End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official

End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official

Summary: GPU giant NVIDIA has confirmed that the company is putting the brakes on the Nforce chipset line because of legal wranglings with Intel.

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GPU giant NVIDIA has confirmed that the company is putting the brakes on the Nforce chipset line because of legal wranglings with Intel.

According to an spokesman, NVIDIA will "postpone further chipset investments".

Intel claims that its four-year-old chipset license with NVIDIA doesn't cover the Nehalem or Core series of CPUs. NVIDIA naturally disagrees with this and as a result is that both parties will fight it out in court sometime in 2010. What's interesting is that NVIDIA has also halted development on chipsets for AMD processors too. NVIDIA claims that "there is no demand for our chipsets in the AMD platform." So this could very well be the end of the line for the NVIDIA chipset.

This is an interesting shift for NVIDIA. This, combined with the Fermi announcement (which is basically aimed at the scientific market, and not gamers) seems to indicate that things are changing at NVIDIA. While NVIDIA is claiming that the story on the SemiAccurate that the company is shelving the GTX 260, GTX 275, and GTX 285 and possibly the GTX 295 is "patently untrue," there can be little doubt that things are changing at NVIDIA.

[UPDATE: This in from NVIDIA:

We've received a number of inquiries recently about NVIDIA's chipset (MCP) business. We'd like to set the record straight on current and future NVIDIA chipset activity.   On Intel platforms, the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/ION brands have enjoyed significant sales, as well as critical success. Customers including Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer, ASUS and others are continuing to incorporate GeForce 9400M and ION products in their current designs. There are many customers that have plans to use ION or GeForce 9400M chipsets for upcoming designs, as well.   On AMD platforms, we continue to sell a higher quantity of chipsets than AMD itself. MCP61-based platforms continue to be extremely well positioned in the entry CPU  segments where AMD CPUs are most competitive vs. Intel   We will continue to innovate integrated solutions for Intel’s FSB architecture. 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 for Intel DMI CPUs.   Despite Intel's actions, we have innovative products that we are excited to introduce to the market in the months ahead. We know these products will bring with them some amazing breakthroughs that will surprise the industry, just as GeForce 9400M and ION have shaken up the industry this year.   We expect our MCP business for both Intel and AMD to be strong well into the future.

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  • Just like Intel

    Now this is an opinion based off Intel's way of operating business but what changed to take away NVidia's X86 Compatible Chipset licenses with the new processors? I guess there has been lots of history that shows Intel likes to bully it's competitors to make sure they remain #1.
    bobiroc
    • Or it could very well be

      that NVidia did step outside of the agreement with Intel.

      I guess this is another one for the courts. I guess the lawyers must have a payment coming up on the vacation homes...
      GuidingLight
      • That is possible

        Like I said it is an opinion and Intel has tried with other companies to get them to stop making processors and chipsets for X86 processors and the courts have proved they had a legit license to do so. Part of my Opinion stems back in the day when the orginal Athlon came out and even a bit before that when the K6x processors were gaining ground and I was working as a tech in a retail store. Intel Reps would come in with attitude stating that computers with AMD or Cyrix chips are to be in the back and no signs or banners from those companies could be displayed or they would pull their promotional influence which I was told from the Store Manager involved Money to pay for advertisement of products. Sometimes Intel acts like a threatened child and when a company has a competing product they try to bully them. Just an opinion based on real world observation.
        bobiroc
  • To mobile it be

    That's b/c they're moving everything to mobile, smartphones
    will set the pace.
    justit1234@...
  • they were good chipsets

    While their strength really lies in their graphics
    cards - I've had good experiences with their
    chipsets as well. It's too bad they're shelving them
    :(.
    CobraA1
    • man...

      i don't know where you are from, but it is clearly not earth. my laptop has an nvidia chipset in it - the only nvidia product in my entire house - and it sucks so bad it could barely play flash games in vista. the nvidia drivers for linux are horribly slow and irritating, but at least they are slightly better than the windows ones. all of the other pc's in the house are either AMD chipsets or VIA and they all work very nicely... except for my laptop.
      crabbypup
      • Well overall

        the NForce chipset I have used in my last couple computers have been very good. Of course they did not have onboard video but the Video card was also Nvidia. The AMD/ATI Chipsets are also good and until recently they blew anything Intel had as a chipset or their extreme graphics out of the water
        bobiroc
  • RE: End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official

    Intel may be shooting itself in the foot by doing this. NVIDIA graphics cards have been a good match for motherboards with Intel processors for years now. If the result of Intel demanding more money to grant a license covering the Nehahalem or Core series of CPUs, or trying to grab the market share for itself, is to push NVIDIA out of the consumer market, the beneficiaries may well include ATI and AMD. Intel may not see things that way now, but it will probably end up regretting this particular piece of stupidity.
    02Pete
  • SemiAccurate?

    SemiAccurate?

    That website plastered with ATI ads?

    You're using that as a news site for nVidia?

    Nevermind.
    CobraA1
    • C'mon...

      This is the intarwebz. Everything is true on
      here!! Don't you know that yet? *shakes head*
      Master0fPuppets
  • RE: End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official

    Awwww .... poor intel... The intel chipsets are crap compared to the nforse. Intel is doing this so that they can get their market share of motherboards. Nforce perfected the matching of the CPUs and video cards so well that intel couldn't sell their shipsets to manufactures. So the only thing Intel could do is take out the littler guy. I have have been running intel CPU's for years but they are getting a little ridiculas lately with pricing and now this. Just another reason to build an AMD/ATI machine next time.
    kwriston@...
  • RE: End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official

    If intel try to grab the market form Nvidia what
    are intel going to do when nobody buys there
    CPU's/ all greed comes to no good when fair trading is ruined by license agreement problems
    modification1
  • But I love Nvidia!!!

    Screw Intel!!! Now I am forced to move to ATI because of this S***!!! I've always liked Nvidia and AMD. Intel is too pricey and ATI just doesn't have the support like Nvidia. Every time I look at the cover of a PC Game, I always see "Nvidea, the way it is meant to be played". I gonna go cry in a corner now...
    it1337
  • Disappointed in Intel...

    ...I certainly have always preferred Intel CPU's over AMD's. Where can I find out more information regarding the specifics regarding this lawsuit???

    At face value, it disappoints me that Intel effectively caused a shutdown of NVIDIA chips for the many reasons in this, and other blogs.

    Even if NVIDIA wins in court, what will happen? Will Intel be forced to live out its contract with NVIDIA? Well, seeing at the fact that they're at odds at each other, Intel can "shut them down" at a later point, couldn't it? Or would it (hopefully) give NVIDIA enough time to open a market for its mid- and high-end that is currently in danger of causing yet another strain on our economy!? How many people will lose their jobs for the sake of what, ATI's dominance of the market?? Does Intel realize that ATI is made by its main (only?) rival?

    I wonder what is behind Intel's "strategic" move in this case. I like ATI cards just fine, but not at double the price with one or two new cards every year.

    Intel: Please make up with NVIDIA.

    CrunchDude
  • RE: End of the line for NVIDIA chipsets, and that's official


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    NVIDIA nor Intel are innovative, they swallow competition and inherit technology advances. Remember PhysX or 3DFX technologies? Swallowed by NVIDIA. How bout Intel, not very innovative in awhile. Only reason they are #1 is by, well we already know that answer. Look's like AMD/ATI is getting ready to put the smackdown on both fronts.
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