Via takes on Intel in court

Microprocessor manufacturers Via and Intel are facing off in court over the rights to use of Pentium 4 technology in the P4X266 chipset

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 20, 2001

Intel and Via have launched into a legal battle over the rights to produce chipsets for the Pentium 4. The dispute centres around Via’s —technology that Via says it has the rights to, while Intel says that it doesn’t.

The case stems from Via’s purchase of the graphics division of S3. S3 had several processor patents from Exponential, a chip manufacturer that folded some years ago. Intel licensed some of these patents from S3, and in return gave S3 access to P4 technology.

When Via purchased S3, it argues, it also gained the rights to the P4 technology, and therefore is allowed to make a Pentium 4 chipset. Intel claims otherwise, and is suing Via for infringement of patent. Via, and subsidiary Centaur, that jointly owns some of the patents in question, in turn is counter-suing for the same, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and copyright infringement.

"VIA is not only a leading provider of core logic chipsets worldwide, but also is becoming an important supplier of PC microprocessors, thanks to the hard work of our CPU designers in Texas," said Richard Brown, director of marketing for VIA Technologies. "Filing this lawsuit is the first step in protecting our intellectual property rights."

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