Samsung has filed a petition to the International Trade Commission to ban Nvidia GPU sales in the US, following an ongoing dispute between the two popular hardware manufacturers. Nvidia had first taken both Samsung and Qualcomm to task back in September, claiming that several patents used within Samsung's range of mobiles and tablet devices are the property of Nvidia. The lawsuit primarily focuses on advanced technologies used in the GPUs, ranging from multithreaded parallel processing to the likes of unified shaders and programmable shading, demanding that Samsung and Qualcomm's GPU's be removed from sale.
In retaliation Samsung has argued that Nvidia's claims are false, claiming that in fact Nvidia is violating a number of Samsung's patents and seeking to ban Nvidia's graphics chips from the US market. The issue stems from supposed copyright infringement in how semiconductors process data, and Nvidia isn't the only one in the line of fire, with the Biostar Manufacturing group, EVGA, Zotac and Elitegroup Computer Systems also under attack. [More]