Forget about a woman scorned - Hell hath no fury like Intel and Nvidia going at each other, both in and out of the courtroom. After being sued by Intel last week over a Nehalem chipset license, Nvidia president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang responded by saying the suit was "clearly an attempt to stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business." And in a related press release, Huang pointed out how much better Nvidia's Ion platform is compared to Intel's current three chip design.
Now a week later, the latest episode of "As the Chipset World Turns" has Intel reportedly slamming Nvidia's Ion platform. According to news and review site Bit-Tech, Intel is sending out a document titled "Nvidia Ion Competitive Positioning Guide," which includes everything Intel sees wrong with the platform.
Taking a stab at the well publicized "abnormal failure rate" Nvidia experienced with some of its mobile GPUs, Intel warns that "despite Nvidia's continued execution and power problems with this chipset, Nvidia is partnering the same chipset with an Intel Atom processor and creating hype around what it calls the 'Ion Platform.'" Oh snap!
Intel had plenty more to say about Ion, claiming that so far there hasn't been any public interest from OEMs despite Nvidia's claims that many of them are exploring Ion. Intel goes on to attack Ion's HD playback capabilities, overall cost, power consumption, and more before concluding "Don't buy the hype around Nvidia Ion -- it offers no advantages that an Intel platform cannot provide relevant to the Netbook and Nettop market segments."