Samsung and NVIDIA patent fight ends as chip-makers reach truce


After years of legal wrangling between Samsung and NVIDIA, the two chip-making companies have finally come to an understanding that will see each drop their respective intellectual property lawsuits against the other.

Back in September 2014 we saw NVIDIA sue both Samsung and Qualcomm, alleging that the latter two firms were producing hardware that violated NVIDIA's patent holdings in regards to graphics-processing architecture.

An International Trade Commission ruling last fall appeared to deliver a win for Samsung, clearing the company of violating two NVIDIA patents, and while Samsung was ultimately found to have indeed infringed upon a third, that last NVIDIA patent was ruled to be invalid based on the existence of prior art.

During all this, Samsung turned the tables on NVIDIA by filing a countersuit, claiming that NVIDIA both infringed upon Samsung's own patents, as well as cheated on benchmarks to make its Tegra chips appear superior to Samsung Exynos models.

With today's announcement, all that back-and-forth legal squabbling is finally over. NVIDIA's statement on its agreement with Samsung makes clear that the two companies haven't entered into any big patent cross-licensing deal, but that they've still decided to put their current disputes to bed, withdrawing all pending IP litigation while licensing a few specific patents to each other.

None of this is to say that the companies won't have further spats in the future, but it's calm waters for the time being.

source: NVIDIA

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11 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

If they ever do a collab = an Exynos CPU with Tegra GPU... think about it Sammy

3. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Right, solution for short .. As the way Sammy is moving, it intends to have everything in-house in near future including its custom GPU in its Exynos...

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not entirely sure about that, due to their reverting to using QUALCOMM chips in the S7. But they may be moving in that direction, and frankly I hope they do.

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Sammy reverting to Qualcomm was to assist it come back after a slide with SD 810, remember it's a win win for both as Sammy was involved in development of 820, but Sammy has a long term goal in being an in-house in all hardware and software tech.. And in about 5-10 years coming this maybe fully in place

6. TerryTerius unregistered

Ah, their hand in the creation of the 820 totally slipped my mind, that's my bad.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They only built it and helped to optimize a version for S7. so nope they did not have there hand in creation of the SOC.

7. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Me too

9. Shocky unregistered

nvidia are greedy and controlling, it won't happen.

10. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

It's not a problem to put huge Mali GPU to beat Tegra but there will be a problem how to put it into a mobile. Apple and PowerVR showed that Tegra GPU isn't the only possible winner.

2. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

That would be bomb with the incredible fast nvidia drivers

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In other words, Samsung won and Nvidia lost. Samsung counter-sued and Nvidia didn't have anything to counter-sue with and was likely going to lose. Most of these patent fights are usually BS. Its hard to produce tech without it being similar to something someone else has. This, YOUR stuff LOOKS like MY stuff, so I'm gonna sue you BS really needs to stop.

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