Not all companies get along, and it seems with Samsung and Nvidia that may be becoming especially true these days. In September, Nvidia filed the first patent lawsuit in its 21 year history against Samsung over 7 patents that Samsung and Qualcomme had allegedly infringed on.
Nvidia has said on that front that it attempted to negotiate in good faith with Samsung to work out a deal on the matter and demonstrated why their patents applied. Samsung’s response to this, according to Nvidia was to say it was their suppliers fault and no deal was able to be reached. The lawsuit was filed in Delaware and they are asking for the Samsung/Qualcomme devices to be blocked from shipping and award damages on those that are covered by it.
Nvidia’s case particularly calls out Qualcomm’s Adreno, ARM’s Mali or Imagination’s PowerVR graphics architectures for things that violate their patents. Their press release includes in it a more utilitarian list which tells you what products would be impacted.
The identified Samsung products include the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 mobile phones; and the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab 2 computer tablets. Most of these devices incorporate Qualcomm mobile processors — including the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801 and 805. Others are powered by Samsung Exynos mobile chips, which incorporate ARM’s Mali and Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR GPU cores.
More recently, Samsung has countersued Nvidia in its attempt to drag this fight into the mud. They have sued Nvidia for 6 breaches of patents and Velocity Micro for 8 breaches of patents of semiconductors and computer innovations. They also allege, and this is particularly ironic given Samsung’s history, that Nvidia has falsely touted its benchmarks in regards to the Shield Tablet by claiming its Tegra K1 Processor outpaced the Exynos 5433 in the Galaxy Note 4. Nvidia has said that it is reading and examining the complaints but that it rejects allegations that it in any way misled users regarding the Shield Tablet saying it ran the benchmark tests with fresh from the box loadouts. This case was filed in Virginia court.