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To: John Finley who wrote (16630)8/28/2000 12:35:07 PM
From: Obewon
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Interesting what all the VSA-100 chip is being designed into!

biz.yahoo.com

VG

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To: Obewon who wrote (16631)8/28/2000 2:01:57 PM
From: John Finley
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Cool. The Apache pilots can play UT when they're bored <g>.

"Was that a real missile you just launched there, Maverick?"

JF <g>

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To: fiberman who started this subject8/28/2000 8:35:23 PM
From: Tae Spam Kim
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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. -Tae

NVIDIA Files Patent Infringement Suit Against 3dfx Corporation
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 28, 2000--NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA - news), the leader in advanced graphics processing technology, announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 3dfx Interactive® Inc. (Nasdaq:TDFX - news) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

NVIDIA's lawsuit involves five NVIDIA patents and seeks an injunction restraining 3dfx from manufacturing, selling or importing infringing graphics chip and card products including VooDoo3, Voodoo4 and Voodoo5 and VSA-100 family of products, as well as monetary damages.

The lawsuit alleges that 3dfx's graphics chip and card products which are used to accelerate 3D graphics on personal computers, infringe on the following NVIDIA U.S. Patents: No: 5,687,357; No. 5,721,947; No: 5,758,182; No: 6,023,738; and No: 6,092,124.

``We have always been on the forefront of innovation in 3D graphics technology and visual computing,'' said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. ``This innovation is achieved through the annual investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development. We cannot allow the fruits of this investment to be misappropriated.''

About NVIDIA

The computing industry recognizes NVIDIA as the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology, honoring the company with the most graphics awards in the history of the PC industry. The unmatched breadth of the NVIDIA product family enables gripping multimedia experiences for the entire desktop computer market from workstations to internet-enabled appliances. PC OEMs, add-in card manufacturers, system builders, and consumer electronics companies worldwide choose NVIDIA GPUs as the core component of their graphics processing solutions. NVIDIA GPUs are used by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers. NVIDIA graphics processors deliver superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled ``Factors Affecting Operating Results,'' for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Notes to Editors: GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce 256, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX should be written as shown, with an uppercase ``G'' and ``F'', with a lowercase ``e'' and a lowercase ``orce.'' There is no space between ``GeForce'' and ``2'' for GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce2 GTS, and GeForce2 MX. There is a space before ``Ultra,'' ``GTS,'' ``MX,'' and ``256.'' The word ``Ultra'' is in titlecase. ``MX'' and ``GTS'' are in ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for Vanta and Quadro is title case. Quadro2 Pro and Quadro2 MXR should be written as shown; there is no space between ``Quadro'' and ``2.'' There is a space before ``MXR'' and it is in ALL CAPITALS. The recommended format for NVIDIA, NVIDIA TNT2, NVIDIA TNT, RIVA 128, and RIVA 128ZX and is ALL CAPITALS.

For further nomenclature information, please visit our image kit at www.nvidia.com/company.nsf/imagekit.html.

NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce, GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce 256, Quadro2, NVIDIA Quadro2, Quadro2 Pro, Quadro2 MXR, Quadro, NVIDIA Quadro, Vanta, NVIDIA Vanta, TNT2, NVIDIA TNT2, TNT, NVIDIA TNT, NVIDIA RIVA, RIVA, NVIDIA RIVA 128ZX, and NVIDIA RIVA 128 are registered trademarks or trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.

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To: fiberman who started this subject8/28/2000 8:43:31 PM
From: Tae Spam Kim
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Looks like Nvidia is going for the kill. Kicking 3dfx when it's down. Ugh. Business is business I guess.

-Tae

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To: fiberman who started this subject8/28/2000 8:54:51 PM
From: Yeagher
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Some stocks never die. They just fade away....

Whatever happened to Jeffrey P? He slinked off into the darkness like many of the other regulars who are now gone. I have been reading the posts here the whole time. A dynasty that never was, but could have been, has come and gone! Bon voyage, 3dfx. If I regret anything, it would be not having the balls to short this dog on the way down.

Yeagher

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To: Tae Spam Kim who wrote (16633)8/28/2000 9:40:52 PM
From: Ben Wu
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bah,

it probably has as much legs as the multitexturing suit that 3dfx threw against nVidia. i thought that went to court last month? probably a ploy to get it settled.

-ben

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To: Tae Spam Kim who wrote (16634)8/29/2000 12:30:23 AM
From: Michael G. Potter
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This could be read as good news as well. Is NVIDIA suing because the multi-texture lawsuit looks strong? Ar ethey suing because they need cover while they get the NV20 working?

I'm sure it;ll be a footnote in the CC tomorrow.

Michael

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To: Michael G. Potter who wrote (16637)8/29/2000 1:19:19 AM
From: Jeffrey P
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I heard a saying once, companies start to sue when they are getting in trouble. If I would have listened to this I would have been out of 3dfx a LONG time ago. I wonder how this bodes for Nvidia.

Jeff

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To: Jeffrey P who wrote (16638)8/29/2000 8:39:26 AM
From: Tae Spam Kim
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Nvidia is no where near being in trouble. I mean did you see last quarter's earnings?

I think Nvidia smells blood and is going for the kill, knowing that 3dfx even when down is their biggest threat in 3d graphics.

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To: fiberman who started this subject8/29/2000 3:18:25 PM
From: cpntrips
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Tae, they've been so successful because they stuck to their 6-month product introductions and have had little competition for basically the last year. If NV20 doesn't make it out for another 6+ months that will give 3dfx a chance with Rampage, assuming they can even get the damn thing out by then. GTS ultra is a great card but way too expensive to make any dent, just as the V6000 would have been (or will be).

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