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Via coughs up $10.17 million. Is it really over?

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Chipset firm Via said it has come to an agreement over all and any pending lawsuits between itself and Trident Microsystems. Via will dish out over $10 million to Trident for desktop driver licence fees, and in return, the latter will drop pending lawsuits in both the US and in Taiwan. But, and there is a but, in a strange sentence in the company statement, Via says these are not "in complete control of Trident and Via" (sic). The CEOs of both Trident and Via seemed ecstatic about the settlement, with Gerry Liu describing it as "re-affirming our commitment to the mutual customers". Wen-Chi Chen, Via's president, agreed entirely. ®

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