back to article Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

Samsung Electronics's battle with chip maker Nvidia deepened on Friday, after the South Korean outfit filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission. It wants the regulator to block Nvidia from touting its graphics chips on the US market. As spotted by Bloomberg, the USITC's website showed that Sammy's gripe had …

  1. Mikel

    You try to block our products

    We try to block yours. Everybody loses.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You try to block our products

      "Not necessarily, not necessarily..." said the AMD and Intel marketing guys while pouring themselves another drink.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: You try to block our products

        How would Intel be helped? People who want add on graphics will go AMD, not decide to use integrated graphics.

        For the cell phone market Qualcomm would be the big winner, as Android devices would have to use them, instead of Nvidia or Samsung SoCs.

        1. Mikko

          Re: You try to block our products

          Intel could get some Knights Whatsit wins, replacing Tesla? Or is that too far-fetched?

        2. Alan Brown Silver badge

          Re: You try to block our products

          "For the cell phone market Qualcomm would be the big winner, as Android devices would have to use them, instead of Nvidia or Samsung SoCs."

          A lot of the samsung phones have QC chips in them anyway (pretty much all LTE devices have 'em for starters)

          Devs hate Exynos cpus for various reasons so no tears are being shed.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Samsung SoCs

    It is interesting that Samsung has not used their Exynos SoCs in their US phones for the last couple years, but use those only overseas and use Qualcomm in the US. Maybe they've been preparing for this step for some time, since if both sides got their graphics chips banned in the US it wouldn't even affect Samsung now!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Samsung SoCs

      It could be a shared understanding that you need to use Qualcomm or be prepared for (even more) US patent lawsuits. Whether there is actual political pressure to use US companies' products in US phones I cannot say, but would not rule it out either.

      Of course Qualcomm may also make the best chipsets for the technologies that US carriers use and it hasn't been worth it for Samsung to develop their Exynoses to match Qualcomm in that respect.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why can't samsung come up with something original instead of just blindly copying or stopping others. And, for the avoidance of doubt, fake plastic stitching isn't original, just tacky.

    1. eulampios

      @ inappropriate AC

      Sorry but you are mistaken, this article is talking about nVidia as a copycat, so you must be barking up the wrong tree.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: @ inappropriate AC

        Hardly, Samsung makes stuff, works on industrial processes. They know bugger all about designing things like CPUs, GPUs. If they did they would have their own CPU family to rival ARM and x86.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    LOL Nvidia

    Samsung has been dealing with Apple and I'm sure Samsung's "dealing with bullshit lawsuit" XP is at an all-time high.

  5. eulampios

    Who would've thunk, nVidia?

    "...all who draw the sword will die by the sword"

  6. SpiderPig

    You try to block our products

    The patent bullshit continues, all this does is line the pockets of the legal profession who just rub their hands together and smiling thinking about the next company to start a patent battle.

    Here's something innovative, why don't these companies just agree on reasonable licensing grounds for the patents or work on a bater system of patent for patent.......oh yeah, that is supposed to be alredy working.

    It get down to bloody egos, testosterone and mine is bigger than yours.

    Who are the losers? You and me with increase product costs due to the fact they have to recover the costs of these stupid actions.

  7. Gis Bun

    Ah. The law suit "wars" between Samsung and Apple seem to have died down a bit. So now Samsung is going after NVidia [not "Nvidia"].

    Some really dislike patents. I don't. If you spent hundreds of millions on something, don't you deserve to go after someone who steals your technology for nothing? If you say no, try being in the R&D peoples' shoes. All that hard work stolen from you.

    That said, you have some like Apple who try to block the sale of items that aren't even related to the lawsuit but are throwing a Hail Mary and maybe the judge would agree.

    1. N13L5

      Re: Some really dislike patents

      "If you spent hundreds of millions on something, don't you deserve...?"


      Hundreds of millions siphoned from employees and customers shouldn't entitle anyone to anything.

      Make money lending for interest illegal again and all this bs will die down. And we won't have so much "legalized" criminality, pollution and general uglification of our surroundings.

      1. Dan Paul

        Re: Some really dislike patents @N13L5

        So you would prefer a world economy to echo Greece? All those idealistic communists and socialists think money grows on trees.

        If the concept of "interest" was illegal, the entire money supply would dry up and the average citizen would have to borrow from the Mob again. We all know how well that worked. This still happens in some countries where banks don't want to lend (Russia, Italy, eastern Europe, Greece, parts of Middle East) and it isn't helping to the economy there.

        And exactly HOW would the lack of earned interest apply to lessening "legalized" criminality, pollution and general uglification of our surroundings". I'll tell you, NOT AT ALL!

        I am all for making legal LIMITS on the AMOUNT of interest that can be charged, especially for credit cards and home loans.

        Given the fact that you cannot earn any reasonable amount of interest on savings in any bank here doesn't help the situation when Bankers charge what they want.

        If you don't understand how the world works, sit back, STFU and listen until you learn something.

        Proposing "feel good" legislation is a large part of what ruined the legal system in the USA. We already have plenty of laws but our legislators are to stupid to understand them and they can't make a name for themselves or garner votes if they just follow the existing laws we already have.

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