Well it looks like Intel filed a lawsuit against nVidia late last night.
At least according to Bit-tech they have.
The suit states that nVidia does not have license to manufacture chipsets for any of its new CPUs with the QuickPath Interconnect and IMC (Internal Memory Controller). This means that nVidia cannot sell (and really not develop) any chipsets for the i7 or the new Atom the ramifications are pretty big here for enthusiasts and regular consumers.
It means that Intel is the single licensed provider of chipsets for the i7, and would explain why they fought for the deal to put SLI in their own products. This is unless nVidia agrees to sign a new licensing agreement with Intel and I am sure any agreement will offset the cost of Intel paying for SLI on their own DX58SO mainboard.
If nVidia stays out of the game Intel can control the prices of the X58 and could signal a rise in cost to board makers and of course to us the consumers.
Read more here at Bit-Tech
We have just learned that Intel filed a lawsuit against Nvidia late last night in which it alleges that the four-year old chipset license agreement the two companies signed is not valid for Intel's current and future generation CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
This includes Nehalem - a chip that Nvidia has repeatedly claimed it holds a chipset license for. Intel, as evidenced by this lawsuit, begs to differ.
In some ways, the lawsuit doesn't come as much of a surprise, since the relationship between the two companies has become increasingly more tense over the past six to twelve months. Nvidia claims that the CPU has become a commodity item, while Intel claims the same has happened to the GPU.