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Success for 3dfx in the patent dispute with nVidia

Success for 3dfx in the patent dispute with nVidia

Will there be no more GeForce soon? The graphics card manufacturer 3dfx was able to record a partial flight in its patent lawsuit against nVidia before a court in the USA.

In the patent lawsuit that 3dfx filed in September 1998, 3dfx accused nVidia of their graphics cards against the 3dfx- To violate patents 'Multi-Texturing' and 'Mipmap Dithering', as these are used in nVidia's graphics cards. The court now ruled 3dfx that the protected patents for 'Multi-Texturing' and 'Mipmap Dithering' are owned by 3dfx. nVidia could now either be sentenced to pay damages or to ban all graphics cards from a TNT chip - this would also mean the end of the GeForce.

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