NVIDIA: Intel’s Atom pricing is anti-competitive
Intel charges customers that want Intel Atom chips without the accompanying 945GSE chipset a higher price. Or to put it bluntly, the Intel Atom chip in NVIDIA Ion-based systems costs more than the Atom CPU in netbooks based around Intel’s chipset. So not only will customers wind up paying more for NVIDIA Ion comptuers because of the higher performance graphics processor, but they’ll also have to help foot the bill for more expensive Atom processors.
That’s all old news. What’s new today is that NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told the press that he thinks the pricing is unfair… but that he doesn’t plan to lodge an antitrust complaint. Not yet anyway.
Oh, and Huang also confirmed just how deep Intel’s discount on the whole three-chip set is. He says you can buy the CPU plus chipset for $25, while the CPU itself costs $45.