Most of you are likely aware of the legal battle that Intel and Nvidia have been tied up in over licensing issues. In a new development, Nvidia is ceasing development of its NForce chipset, effectively putting the development program on hold while the legal battle unfolds. With no Intel chipsets being developed, the manufacturer will focus its attention on its recently-announced Fermi GPU architecture and other endeavors including its Tegra graphics chip for mobile devices.
Nvidia refers to 3D cards using Fermi architecture as the “most significant leap forward in GPU architecture since the original G80″. Providing some good news for gamers, the architecture will support DirectX 11 and will use GDDR5 memory. Nvidia’s competitor AMD has jumped ahead in the market after launching its Radeon HD 5800 series graphics cards, which are Windows 7-ready. It remains to be seen if this developments in addition to the halt on production of NForce will have a significant impact on the market position of Nvidia. [via CNET]