NVIDIA Will Vigorously Defend Itself in S3 Patent Lawsuit

For Immediate Release

SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- May 11, 1998 -- NVIDIA® Corporation announced today that it has been served with a complaint by S3 Incorporated alleging patent infringement involving the RIVA family of 3D processors.

“As NVIDIA represents the largest threat to S3’s comeback attempt into this market, it’s not surprising they are targeting NVIDIA. Our RIVA processors were developed lawfully and we are prepared to defend ourselves vigorously,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “Based on our initial review of the three patents in question, purchased by S3 from Cirrus Logic, NVIDIA believes it has valid defenses to S3’s claims in the complaint. It’s disappointing that S3 would rather compete in the courtroom than in the market.”

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