NVIDIA files complaints against Samsung, Qualcomm for infringing GPU patents

NVIDIA has announced the filing of complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing on NVIDIA’s GPU patents covering technologies including programmable shading, unified shaders and multi-threaded parallel processing.

Samsung products identified include the following:

  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy Tab S
  • Galaxy Note Pro
  • Galaxy Tab 2

Most of these devices incorporate Qualcomm processors, including the following:

  • Snapdragon S4
  • Snapdragon 400
  • Snapdragon 600
  • Snapdragon 800
  • Snapdragon 801
  • Snapdragon 805

Others are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos processors, which incorporates ARM’s Mali and Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR GPU cores.

Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA co-founder and CEO:

“As the world leader in visual computing, NVIDIA has invented technologies that are vital to mobile computing. We have the richest portfolio of computer graphics IP in the world, with 7,000 patents granted and pending, produced by the industry’s best graphics engineers and backed by more than $9 billion in R&D.

“Our patented GPU inventions provide significant value to mobile devices. Samsung & Qualcomm have chosen to use these in their products without a license from us. We are asking the courts to determine infringement of NVIDIA’s GPU patents by all graphics architectures used in Samsung’s mobile products and to establish their licensing value.

Source: NVIDIA


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