Intel settles with Via over AMD chipset

Intel Corp. on Thursday dropped a patent infringement suit against Via Technologies Inc. related to a Via chipset that worked with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) processors.

At issue Thursday was the last of three patents involved in the suit. Intel dropped its complaint over that patent because Via had redesigned the products so they didn't infringe the patent, Intel said in a statement. Intel filed the suit in 1999, claiming Via had violated three Intel patents in the design of its chipset.

The news comes one week after a judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern California granted Via a summary judgment on another patent involved in the suit. The judge ruled that Via had demonstrated to the court that it had modified the chipset enough so that it did not violate Intel's patent. Intel's complaint involving the other patent in the suit was dropped earlier for the same reason.

A hearing on the final patent had been scheduled for Jan. 22.

However, the war is far from over. Intel and Via still have to face off in separate suits in Hong Kong, Germany, the U.K. and U.S. District Courts in Delaware and Texas, related to Via's P4X266 chipset and C3 processor, which Intel claims violate other patents, Intel said.

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