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Intel files to block VIA chipset customers

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Intel files to block VIA chipset customers

Having failed in its attempt to directly stop Via Technologies from manufacturing PC133 SDRAM-enabled chipsets, Intel is now going after Via’s customers.

In separate suits filed in San Jose, Singapore, and London, Intel has charged Via, board maker First International Computer, and several of FIC’s customers with violating Intel patents.

Although the new suits are aimed at enforcing several system-level patents – including the invention of the graphics adapter and a method of updating nonvolatile PC memory – observers say Intel’s true aim is to stop the sale of Via’s Apollo Pro chipset line.

The full story is available at www.techweb.com.

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