Nvidia to License GPU Tech
Nvidia today announced that it plans to offer its mobile processor technology to other companies. Nvidia hopes to generate income through this new business model, which will see it license its mobile technology for a fee. To start, Nvidia said that it will offer the GPU core based on its Kepler architecture. The Kepler GPU includes support for OpenGL 4.3 and GPGPU, and Nvidia claims it offers excellent performance and efficiency. Kepler is found at the core of Nvidia's own GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla GPUs, as well as its next-generation platform, codenamed Logan. Companies that choose to license Nvidia's technology will receive all the support they need to integrate Kepler into their own hardware. Nvidia said today's move is based in part on the changing landscape of computing and its shift toward mobile devices.
ITC Says It Will Hear Nvidia's Complaints About Samsung
Nvidia announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate Nvidia's claims that Samsung is violating Nvidia's intellectual property.
Nvidia Debuts Tegra X1 Processor
Nvidia today announced the Tegra X1 processor, a new chip that brings the power of its Maxwell desktop architecture to mobile devices. The X1 has an octa-core 64-bit ARM processor paired with a 256-core Maxwell GPU.
Nvidia Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Over Patents
Nvidia today filed legal action against Qualcomm and Samsung, alleging both firms are violating patents it holds regarding graphics processing on mobile devices. "They're using our technology for free in their devices today and they're shipping an enormous number of devices," said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
Samsung Countersues Nvidia Over Chip Patents
Samsung has file a lawsuit against Nvidia in response to one that Nvidia filed against Samsung in September. Samsung says Nvidia is violating several of its patents pertaining to semiconductors.