SAN JOSE, Calif., - AUGUST 28, 2000 - NVIDIA(tm) Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA),
the leader in advanced graphics processing technology, announced today that
it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 3dfx InteractiveŽ Inc.
(Nasdaq: TDFX) in the United States District Court for the Northern District
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."
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 http://www.nvidia.com.