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Via, Intel kiss and make up (but not having kids)

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Via has secured licensing rights to produce chipsets for Intel-produced Pentium III and Celeron microprocessors. It will pay unspecified royalties and a lump sum for the privilege.

In turn, Intel is dropping lawsuits against its upstart rival in the US, Singapore and the UK. A complaint with the International Trade Commission, a US body, also goes out the window.

This looks sensible all around. Intel could have wrapped Via in patent lawyers for months. But what it gains from stifling an x86 wannabe, it loses from upsetting the world's most important chipset manufacturer.

Via, the champion of DDR-enabled memory, currently accounts for half or more of chipset sales worldwide, so it is a must-have company to have onboard for Intel. ®

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