In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn’t feel a need for friends and certainly doesn’t care whose business they might impinge on.  In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans

Intel and NVIDIA will be squaring off in front of a judge soon, as Intel has never let any possible infringement of their IP slide, specifically the x86 architecture, and that is exactly what NVIDIA has in mind.  Forget the recent licensing issues about NVIDIA being able to make chipsets for certain processors that have a memory controller built in, this new possible trial will likely be a lot more entertaining, unless you were hoping for a fully NVIDIA made PC.  Read more about how the death of the CPU has been exaggerated at Engadget.

“Hoo boy, we haven’t seen a corporate case of Hatfield vs. McCoy like NVIDIA vs. Intel since, well, last month’s little Apple vs. Palm tiff. While these two makers of all things silicon have rarely been on the best of terms, things have been rather testy lately with Intel slamming NVIDIA’s Ion platform, complaints to which the company summarily dismissed. But, the GPU maker with big aspirations apparently wasn’t done there, continuing the rebuttal by pledging to attack the core of Intel’s business: the x86 processor. This verbal salvo was fired by Michael Hara, NVIDIA’s VP in charge of investor and public relations, who indicated the company would start making CPUs for integrated devices like MIDs and netbooks sometime in the next two to three years. We can’t say as we blame NVIDIA for wanting a piece of Intel’s delectable Atom pie, but given how long we’ve been hearing rumors of an NVIDIA x86 CPU, we’ll believe it when we see it. Maybe these two should just go ahead and set up the PR cage match already?”

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