3Dlabs has licensed its entire patent portfolio to Intel, in exchange for Intel making an additional $7.5 million investment in the graphics chip maker.
Intel’s license to the 3Dlabs patents is limited to use in certain undisclosed markets, most likely PC chip sets. The terms of the seven-year patent license were not disclosed.
According to 3Dlabs officials, the deal prohibits Intel from using the technology to directly compete with 3Dlabs’ chips, which are used in professional graphics workstations.
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