nVidia en S3 roken de vredesjoint na overeenstemming te hebben bereikt in een patent rechtszaak die beide bedrijven elkaar aan het broekje gelapt hadden. Onderdeel van de deal is een zevenjarige 'mutual broad patent cross-license agreement':
February 9, 2000 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and S3 Incorporated (Nasdaq: SIII) today announced that they have agreed to enter into a seven-year mutual broad patent cross-license agreement. As part of this agreement, NVIDIA and S3 have agreed to dismiss their pending patent infringement suits against each other.
"With this announcement we have reached an agreement that is mutually beneficial to both companies," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA Corporation. "Over the years, S3 has developed and acquired a rich portfolio of technologies in graphics, multimedia, microprocessors and system logic. Our license agreements with SGI and S3, combined with NVIDIA's rich technology patent portfolio, gives us a strong technology base on which to build winning products."
"Access to intellectual property is rapidly becoming the highest barrier to entry in today's PC graphics market," said Andrew Wolfe, Chief Technology Officer for S3 Incorporated. "Over the past ten years, S3 has built an incredibly strong IP portfolio through internal development, as well as through licensing agreements with Intel, Exponential, Cirrus and now NVIDIA. Based on our IP strength, S3 and NVIDIA rank as possibly the only two companies positioned to win long-term in the PC graphics market."