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NVIDIA Bites Back at Samsung Lawsuit: “It’s a Predictable Tactic”

by Todd Haselton | November 12, 2014November 12, 2014 12:00 pm PST

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Back in September, NVIDIA filed a patent infringement suit against both Qualcomm and Samsung, arguing that both firms were using patented graphics processing technology that was owned by NVIDIA. Samsung fought back this week by filing its own lawsuits against NVIDIA and a smaller partner named Velocity Micro, accusing the former of infringing on six patents and the latter of infringing on eight. NVIDIA responded to those new lawsuits last night and said that Samsung’s actions were “predictable” and that it “fully expected” to be sued when it first targeted Samsung.

NVIDIA explained that it’s not going to formally respond to Samsung’s patent suits just yet, but wanted to address one major issue the South Korea-based company raised: that the Tegra K1 processor is not as powerful as versions of the Galaxy Note 4 that pack Samsung’s own Exynos 5433 processor. Samsung said that NVIDIA has been falsely advertising K1 as the “world’s fastest processor,” and NVIDIA says that’s simply not true. It provided the below chart that shows benchmark results for both chips running on “out of the box” products without any tweaking, revealing the Tegra K1 chip as the winner. Samsung likely has its own performance charts to back up its argument, but here’s what NVIDIA provided:


“Samsung’s action does not change our analysis, or our determination,” NVIDIA said. “It’s unfortunate that Samsung sued Velocity. This isn’t Velocity’s fight. But Samsung is just trying to keep its lawsuit in Virginia, which has a faster time to trial than most jurisdictions in the United States. It can be a dangerous strategy for one of the largest companies on the planet to decide to sue one of the smallest companies in all of Virginia.”

The firm said that its own lawsuit against Samsung is “far more serious” for the Korean company than the suits leveraged against it and Velocity. We’ll let you know how this continues to progress.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...