License dispute: yes or no?
It has been speculated for a long time whether Intel will take VIA's P4X266 chipset, which uses patented technologies, to court.
Now that the 3rd quarter and thus the date of publication of the i850 successors and competitors is getting closer, the participants SiS and Ali are also getting involved. Unlike VIA, both companies have concluded a license agreement with Intel for their own P4 chip and therefore have to pay Intel a whopping $ 5 per chip. VIA continues to rely on the licensing rights of the acquired company S3 and does not pay any fees to the technology provider. However, this gives VIA a price advantage that should not be underestimated, which will make SiS and Ali particularly difficult. That is why both companies are said to have urged Intel to sue VIA in order not to see their own position on the market hopelessly lost before the chips are released. Why Intel did not take action against the competitor from Taiwan in its own interest remains a mystery. Perhaps there is quite a bit of truth in VIA's claims and S3 actually covers the license transfers of the two companies. However, it could also be that Intel does not want to endanger the common chip constructions, which are currently rumored to be secretly tinkering with, through a legal dispute. Once again, only the future will tell whether the process will ultimately come about or not.