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3D graphics chip pioneer 3dfx has entered into a pact with Chipzilla to secure access to the chip giant's extensive 3D graphics patent pool. Intel acquired the IP last year when it bought up the mortal remains of failed graphics hardware developer Real3D. Unfortunately, in the process, it also picked up Real3D's pending litigation, including a legal fight with 3dfx. In exchange for the Real3D patents, 3dfx will cease legal action. It will also provide Intel with access to its own technology. The deal comes even as Intel's one-time favourite 3D chip company, S3, is negotiating to sell its 3D chip development operation, most likely to Intel rival Via Technologies. "We believe the combination of our patent breadth and technical expertise, the intellectual property and technology gained through our recent acquisition of Gigapixel, and this agreement further enhances our ability to deliver leading-edge products to market in a timely manner," said 3dfx president and CEO Alex Leupp. That's 'timely' as in 'the six-months late Voodoo 4', we presume... ® Related Stories Real3D dead -- Intel buys bones Real3D targets ATI with patent suit 3dfx to grab Gigapixel for $186m

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