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News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 08, 2014.

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Samsung being in hot water with other companies is nothing new, with the Korean company currently fighting battles with both Apple and Microsoft. However, Sammy has a new problem to deal with after chip manufacturer NVIDIA announced that U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted in the company's favor over a recent investigation request.

NVIDIA asked the ITC to investigate Samsung and chip rival Qualcomm and target certain Samsung devices that it feels should be banned from sale in the United States. The ITC has voted and decided to investigate the claim and decide whether NVIDIA has a case or not.

We are pleased with the ITC decision today to open an investigation and look forward to presenting our case on how NVIDIA GPU patents are being used without a license," executive vice president and chief administrative officer at NVIDIA David Shannon said.

NVIDIA is targeting just about every Samsung device on the market, and in fact the case could also impact a bunch of other smartphone brands too. The company says Samsung's own Exynos processers and Qualcomm CPUs including the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801 and 805 are in violation of several patents.

Most of the smartphones in the world run a Qualcomm Snapdragon, but NVIDIA has not stated whether it wants those banned from sale too. Apple has been trying to get a Samsung sales ban in the US for some time and so far has only succeeded in getting older devices banned. NVIDIA on the other hand is targeting newer handsets such as the recently launched Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, but also the older Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab 2.

The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are not even available yet, due to arrive on October 17th, but if NVIDIA has its way they will not be on shelves for long.

Press release:

Complaints Filed in ITC, District Court Focus on NVIDIA GPU Technology Patents for Mobile Processors Used in Samsung Galaxy Phones and Tablets The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted today to investigate whether certain Samsung products should be blocked from entering the country because they infringe GPU patents owned by NVIDIA.

The decision follows a complaint filed last month in the ITC by NVIDIA. NVIDIA has also filed a lawsuit in the Delaware District Court seeking damages for infringement. The products at issue 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's own Exynos mobile processors.

"We are pleased with the ITC decision today to open an investigation and look forward to presenting our case on how NVIDIA GPU patents are being used without a license," said David Shannon, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at NVIDIA.

Links to the full complaints filed last month can be accessed here: International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court in Delaware.

source: NVIDIA

 
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