Samsung Seeks Revenge By Filing Complaint To Block Nvidia Chips From U.S.
Samsung Electronics Co. filed a petition with the US International Trade Commission to block sales of graphics processors made by Nvidia Corp., Bloomberg reported on Friday.
According to a notice on the ITC’s website, the South Korean electronics giant claimed that Nvidia is infringing Samsung patents with certain GPUs.
The commodity mentioned in the patent infringement complaint would extend to both Nvidia’s graphics cards and systems on a chip, which means it could have a conceivable impact on both GeForce graphics card line and Tegra mobile processors.
The legal battle between the two companies bagan in September when Nvidia filed a suit with the ITC against Qualcomm Inc. and Samsung, alleging the two companies infringed on some of Nvidia’s patented ways to improve graphics.
Nvidia claimed Qualcomm and Samsung have infringed GPU technologies like programmable shading, unified shaders, and multithreaded parallel processing.
At the time, Nvidia asked the agency to block imports of the Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets that contained Qualcomm’s Adreno, ARM’s Mali, or Imagination’s PowerVR graphics architectures.
In October, the IDC said it will look into the complaint made by Nvidia.
Samsung responded with a patent lawsuit of its own on Nov. 4, in which it claimed that the California-based Nvidia infringed on as many as eight of its patents related to chip design and other technologies. The suit also included “a few [patents] that govern the way semiconductors buffer and use data,” Reuters reported.
Samsung’s ITC complaint also named computer-parts manufacturers Biostar Microtech International Corp. and Elitegroup Computer Systems Co.
With the increase in the use of smartphones and tablets for playing games and watching media, improved graphic processing units (GPUs) now hold an important place in the tech industry. A ban on these critical components could not only affect Nvidia’s business but also the companies that use its chips in their products.
Engadget notes that ITC complaints typically take less time to handle than lawsuits, so it’s more likely that “Nvidia and partners will have to yank their products from store shelves.”
A spokesman for Nvidia told Bloomberg they haven’t had chance to see the complaint, but they plan to persue their own ITC dispute with Samsung. The company would certainly have a way to defend itself, then.
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