Nvidia files infringement suits against Qualcomm, Samsung


Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) alleges Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processors and Samsung's Exynos processors infringe "GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing." Complaints have been filed at a Delaware district court and the ITC.

A number of Samsung phones/tablets relying on Qualcomm and/or Samsung processors are featured in the complaint, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4, Tab S, and Tab 2.

Qualcomm's processors feature proprietary Adreno GPU cores, while Samsung's rely on cores developed by ARM and Imagination. Nvidia's Tegra processor line competes against Qualcomm and (indirectly) Samsung's offerings.

Nvidia already has a multi-year patent licensing deal with Intel that nets the company $66M/quarter. Last year, Nvidia announced it's willing to license its Kepler GPU architecture to third parties. Interest has been limited thus far.

Given its giant patent portfolio, Qualcomm might be tempted to file a countersuit.

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  • Katalm
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    If you can't beat em... Sue em?

     

    Very sad on Nvidia's part.
    4 Sep 2014, 06:02 PM Reply Like
  • Jason Z
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    Depends on if there's merit in the law suit. NVDA could lose their patent if they do nothing when others infringe on it. They have the fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of shareholders.
    4 Sep 2014, 10:06 PM Reply Like
  • Jason Z
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    Depends on if there's merit in the law suit. NVDA could lose their patent if they do nothing when others infringe on it. They have the fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of shareholders. Intel is paying $66m per quarter for NVDA patents, I don't see why QCOM and Samsung should not pay if they indeed infringed on NVDA patents.
    4 Sep 2014, 10:07 PM Reply Like
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