Agreement between Intel and VIA?
According to the Taiwanese Commercial Times, the legal dispute over motherboard chipsets for Intel Pentium 4 processors between Intel and VIA is about to reach an agreement, the amount of the license payment has already been determined.
According to the newspaper report, VIA President Chen Wen-Chi is said to have met with Intel managers at Comdex last week to remove any remaining obstacles . Intel had filed a patent lawsuit against VIA for the production of Pentium 4 chipsets, but VIA was of the opinion that it had acquired the rights by purchasing it from S3. Allegedly the license fee per chipset is supposed to be two US dollars, that would be only half as much as ALi and SiS have to pay to Intel. The alleged agreement came as a surprise to some analysts; the agreement was no longer expected this year. So far, VIA has not been able to sell large quantities of the P4X266 chipset, in contrast to SiS, who already supply almost all of the major mainboard manufacturers with their SiS645. So it seems possible that Intel is also interested in the agreement to bring VIA into business as a competitor against SiS for the Pentium 4 chipsets.