On a Website called Intel's Insides, graphics chip maker Nvidia offers a series of editorial-style cartoons that take shots at Intel over a number of issues, including the legal problems that are besetting the company. Intel is being sued on several fronts regarding its business practices, and also is dealing with lawsuits involving Nvidia and licensing issues.
already involved in a bitter licensing dispute with Intel,
taking shots at the chip giant's legal woes in a series of cartoons.
Nvidia has created a Website called Intel's Insides,
has a series of editorial-style one-panel cartoons that mock Intel, which is
facing a series of legal challenges-most recently, a lawsuit filed by federal
prosecutors in New York-around its business practices.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Nov. 4 filed
suit against Intel,
accusing the chip maker of using bribes and coercion to
force OEMs, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM,
to limit their use of products from Advanced Micro Devices in favor of Intel
The N.Y. charges echo what European regulators alleged when they fined Intel
$1.45 billion earlier in 2009, and what AMD
officials are saying in their lawsuit against Intel, which is scheduled to go
to trial within the next six months. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission is
looking at Intel's business practices, and analysts have speculated that
charges from that agency could be filed before the end of the year.
Intel officials have defended the company, and have argued that any payments
made to OEMs were legitimate rebates made to major customers.
A number of the cartoons on Nvidia's site refer to the accusations. One
cartoon, from Oct. 1, depicts Intel CEO Paul
Otellini as the Marlon Brando character in "The Godfather," saying,
"We'll make them a processor offer they can't refuse ..." Another from
Nov. 4 shows Otellini at a podium, saying Bill Clinton-style, "I did not
have bribery, coercion and kickback relations with the computer industry
The cartoons are done by editorial cartoonist Steven Lait. According to the
site, Intel's Insides "is intended to be a parody of events occurring
within the semiconductor sector, with particular focus on its largest and most commented-upon
Intel is finding itself fighting legal challenges on multiple fronts,
including battles with Nvidia. Intel has sued Nvidia over what officials said
was a breach of contract involving Nvidia chip sets designed for Intel's new "Nehalem"
chips. Nvidia also has sued Intel to stop its rival from licensing Nvidia
The lawsuits come at a time when chip makers, including Intel, AMD
and Nvidia, are looking to merge GPU (graphics processing units) and CPUs in
co-processing environments. Both Intel and AMD
have projects under way to increase the GPU capabilities of their processors.
At the same time, an analyst speculated Nov. 3 that Nvidia-best known for
its GPUs-may enter
the CPU arena.