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This started out as a rumor today, but Intel has since more-or-less confirmed that licensing discussions between Intel and Nvidia for Intel's next-generation processors are not going well and the resulting conflict could have implications for high-end gaming PCs.

The story is that Intel and Nvidia are currently negotiating technology licenses for Nehalem, Intel's next-generation desktop CPU due out at the end of this year. As we were told from multiple desktop vendors who wish to remain nameless, Intel wants to license SLI from Nvidia for its Nehalem chipsets, and if Nvidia won't, Intel will withhold the license that would enable Nvidia to support Nehalem's memory controller, and thus Nehalem, on its own chipsets.

We have no official confirmation from Nvidia on this, and Intel's statement from PR manager Dan Snyder is vague, but it lends credence to the story:

"There is a disagreement between Intel and Nvidia as to the scope of Nvidia's license from Intel to make chipsets compatible with Intel microprocessors. Intel is trying to resolve the disagreement privately with Nvidia and therefore we will not provide additional details. It is our hope that this dispute will be resolved amicably and that it will not impact other areas of our companies' working relationship."

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The battle continues.... lol
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I think Intel are going to win this. The loss for Nvidia would be massive if they can't support the latest technology. Go Intel!
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jees remember when life was simple it was
MS v Apple

those were better times, now everyone and their mothers want a go
    
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theres no way out of this for nvidia

Option 1 : dont give SLI licenses and keep making boards for the current range of intel processors. Their intel boards will thus be obsolete in 2-3 years.

Option 2 : handover SLI license and make that the day they sell their last nforce board.
    
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This could suck harder than Traci Lords for Nvidia. Intel/SLI FTW
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Shouldn't need a license to support someone else's' CPU. Designing your own CPU that copies their x86, sure, you do need a license for that but not to make a mere chipset that supports it. I call that nonsense. Intellectual property laws need to be redone to make sure things like this do not happen.

What do us gamers prefer? Intel chipsets or Nvidia?
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You see, really...Its not about who can provide the best quality or performing parts to the public, whether mainstream or gamer, earning a respectable image etc...its all about...


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Round 2 FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!
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Shouldn't need a license to support someone else's' CPU. Designing your own CPU that copies their x86, sure, you do need a license for that but not to make a mere chipset that supports it. I call that nonsense. Intellectual property laws need to be redone to make sure things like this do not happen.

What do us gamers prefer? Intel chipsets or Nvidia?
I can has both plzzz
    
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