Silicon Graphics Sues ATI
October 25, 2006 11:49 AM
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Patent infringement suits ramp up for the holiday season
In what appears to be a bit of a shocker in the industry, Silicon Graphics Inc. this week filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ATI Technologies Inc. Current details on the patent infringement is short but
SGI is claiming that ATI infringed on SGI U.S. Patent No. 6,650,327
, which covers some technical aspect of graphics processing. Details on what exactly the patent is about was also omitted.
Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) is also seeking damages at an unspecified amount and an injunction, stopping ATI from developing and shipping graphics processors that infringe on SGI's patents. At this time, it's not clear what ATI has done, or if ATI will respond with its own lawsuit since both companies have been developing graphics technologies for quite a number of years.
"The Company's technology covered by the '327 patent is an important resource in achieving enhanced graphics processing demanded by today's computer systems," said Dennis McKenna, chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics. The company also indicated that whatever patent 327 was, it also licensed it for use with a number of ATI's competitors -- although the company did not indicate which companies were using the patent.
ATI itself recently
completed the final stages of its merger with AMD
. ATI shareholders approved of the merger in a recent meeting and both companies are now one. Neither AMD nor it's ATI division had anything to say about SGI's lawsuit.
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10/27/2006 10:20:41 PM
No. Nvidia bought 3DFX. SGI is not 3DFX and continued to exist well after 3DFX went down.
Allow me to clarify:
-3Dfx was formed by former SGI
. No implication that SGI
-SGI acquired Intergraph's Win32 workstation line and re-badged them as the SGI Visual line.
-The SGI Visual line used graphics subsystems by SGI (Cobalt), Number9, and even Intel(!) and ATI(!!!).
My confusion surrounding Intergraph stemmed from Intergraph offering the Voodoo-based Intense3D right about the same time SGI acquired the Intergraph workstation line.
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