Due to its fight with Intel in court, NVIDIA decided to paralyze its chipset division for computers, announcing yesterday to the ZDNet that it will not make further investments in the area until it is resolved. The contract signed between the two companies for the licensing of this category of components does not cover the Nehalem (nor the subsequent generations of processors), triggering this process that will be judged in the courts only in 2010.
The initiative covers any chipset on the lines produced by the company, including those used on non-Intel processors. "There is no demand for our chipsets on the AMD platform," said an NVIDIA spokesman.
The use of NVIDIA chipsets has become essential for the graphics offerings on Macs, with the GeForce 9400M present in almost the entire current Apple line. If Intel wins the case, this architecture used by the Cupertino firm may not be used more in future products that bring processors Nehalem or higher; with that, it can even abandon the use of current GPUs in future computers.