Samsung wants to stop Nvidia graphics chips from making it into the United States after a series of licensing talks failed. Nvidia produces graphics chips that are regularly used in various pieces of technology from laptops, to gaming tablets, and really the market is only expanding for what has become the highest-quality graphics chipmaker globally – as far as presence is concerned. While the complaint still isn’t available online, the US International Trade Commission did verify that such a complaint was filed against Nvidia by Samsung.
However, this isn’t the first complaint or lawsuit that has been filed between the two. In September, when the legal battle between Samsung and Nvidia began, it was spurred by Nvidia’s filing of a complaint with the International Trade Commission against Samsung – as well as Qualcomm. Their lofty lawsuit actually pushes to drive the blocking of imports of the latest Galaxy devices – both smartphones and tablets – due to the infringement of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon graphics processing units.
Samsung fired back on November 4th by filing a patent-infringement suit against Nvidia. The company referred to it as “a predictable tactic,” but didn’t go much beyond that in terms of offering any validity to the suit. The series of lawsuits and complaints are a big deal because the internal parts, or graphics processing units as they’re called are becoming crucial to smartphone, tablet, and computer development. More, and more is being asked of these devices from a graphics standpoint, with better displays, higher-quality movies and games, and so on. This makes the level of competition on this front raised significantly.
Now though, as the two lobby back and forth, attempting to challenge each other – it will be interesting to see who is successful – if either are at all. Overall, while it may seem like a stretch for the two to work out an agreement, it still shouldn’t be out of the question – since that was the original goal to begin with. Before the lawsuits began flying, these were two companies looking to try and work together, instead of battling each other in court – and in competition.