We return to enter in the cumbersome world of patents in technology, and in how companies looking to make the variations enough on each other to avoid having to proceed to checkout. Or, simply, they reach the same conclusion in a similar way, and that is enough so that mediate a lawsuit for infringement of patents between two or more companies.
The last demand in stand comes from part of AMD, the Californian semiconductor company responsible for, among other things, the range Radeon for PCs or graphics cards of the PS4 and Xbox One. According to AMD, the P10 Helio it infringed patents on processing of graphics systems ATI, purchased by AMD in 2006, and directly reported the own AMD.
LG, Vizio and Sigma Designs come into demand
MediaTek is not the only company affected by the demand for AMD, whose weight would fall directly on the P10 Helio, eight-core mid-range chip Taiwanese manufacturer of processors. LG has also been affected with some models of its Smart TV. Vizio and Sigma Designs joined the lot.
Broken patents have to do with processes such as the unified “shaders”, the pipeline graphics engine and graphics processes running on the CPU, relating back to the aforementioned shaders. As it seems, or that are running from Anandtech, the ultimate goal of AMD could be the own ARM, responsible for latest technologies employed by these defendants to be the designer that not construction, of the same.
The real problem for MediaTek is that if demand for infringement of patents filed by AMD thrives, and you decide to withdraw from the market the P10 Helio rather than opt for an economic consideration between both manufacturers, It would paralyse the sale of one of the most popular models Taiwanese chip giant.
As comment on Engadget, the salvation of ARM, and the own MediaTek, currently is that already there are available processors that use graphics with a different architecture, the Bifrost employed by, for example, the Mali G71. The slow arrival of the sentence in this case would enable that already there were no conflicting chips in production, or they become few and they could be easily replaced.