Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

Nvidia on Friday announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the graphics assets of 3dfx for $70 million and 1 million shares of common stock, in a deal worth approximately $112 million.

"We're buying their graphics assets. So [that includes] patents, IP [intellectual property], pending IP patents, trademarks, brand names, chip inventory. We are not in a retail business and we are not doing boards, so we are just taking the chip-level stuff," said Nvidia spokesperson Derek Perez.

According to statements from both companies, they have agreed to drop their ongoing legal actions against each other, which includes a patent infringement levied against Nvidia by 3dfx. The acquisition is expected to be complete in the first quarter of Nvidia's 2002 fiscal year.

Nvidia has also agreed to loan to 3dfx $15 million for working capital once the agreement is signed.

3dfx spokesperson Bubba Wolford told Gamecenter that all 3dfx employees have been laid off, including himself. Perez said that this is an opportunity for Nvidia to hire some former 3dfx talent.

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Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

I like the Nvidia cards, but dont you thing they're quite expensive ?Same goes (as far as price is concerned) for ex-3dfx cards :PI hope ATI stands up to the new giant so that we get some decent prices.

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

One week after one of the most shocking announcements in the game hardware business this year, a respected pundit gives Gamers.com his take on NVIDIA's acquisition of 3dfx Interactive."NVIDIA gets three things from this acquisition," said John Peddie, president of digital media market research firm John Peddie Associates. "They cleared the decks of [law]suits and legal fees, they take out a formidable competitor, and will possibly get some great engineers."Peddie believes it's possible NVIDIA will use technology from Gigapixel, which 3dfx acquired this past summer. That technology is designed to produce 3D graphics using low power and costing little. The best examples where the technology could be applied in are PDAs, laptop PCs, mobile phones and Internet appliances. Ironically, before its acquisition by 3dfx, it was Gigapixel that was in a heated competition with NVIDIA to get the contract for Microsoft's Xbox. Now, Gigapixel will be a part of NVIDIA.NVIDIA also gets the rights to the Voodoo brand, arguably the most familiar brand in graphics hardware. However, Peddie doubts the brand will ever be used again. "Nvidia can't do anything with it, because if they do so, they do it at the expense of their own game-card OEMs," he said. Some of NVIDIA's OEM partners include Elsa, Creative Labs and Hercules, and the OEM market is where much of the money is made. "NVIDIA is shipping far more chips to those companies than 3dfx was," Peddie said.With 3dfx out of the picture, the gaming market is wide open for NVIDIA, Peddie believes. ATI is still the OEM leader, but NVIDIA is gaining ground rapidly. ATI has its gamer-targeted Radeon card, but still does not have the mindshare, an honor that goes to NVIDIA. Does 3dfx's demise mean ATI is going to target gamers more, now? "I think they'd be stupid not to," Peddie said.NVIDIA and ATI won't be alone, though. Dallas-based Bitboys will release its first graphics card in roughly four months. At the time of

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

Well Nvidia and 3dfx are two of the best video chips manufactors out there. I am happy that 3dfx was bought becuase video cards are becoming more exclusive to centian type of games, programs, etc. Well 3dfx arent peices of shit as the man said up here. They were "the shit" back then when you had your dual voodoo 2s on sli, but 3dfx has made pretty crappy cards since. Thats why i stopped after the voodoo3 and instead got a geforce 2 mx which is cheap and fast. Well i just figured out im tired of typing and ....i cant spell either

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

i have come to pay my final respects to a fallen company.3dfx u were the best .. u will always live on in the hearts of TRUE GAMERS and graphics buffs that know there stuff. one day u will be back better then ever.. i now u will3DFX FOR EVA!

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

I liked 3dfx alot better because there cards had 3dfx glide on them but if Nividia is buying 3dfx then their cards better have glide on them because it would seriously piss me off if their cards didn't.

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

It has always annoyed me that only a few graphics cards have Glide support. Now that they have joined, Nvidia cards will hopefully have Glide support because Nvidia card are quite effective in most cases or at least for me...

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

Everyone here saying 3DFX kick as and rules. ARE STUPID IDIOTS! Come on now that like someone braging about how good their Sega Saturn is, and how the Playstation sucks!Ask yourself Does it make you feel better to put down Nivida becasue you invested into a video card that no longer has a company supporting it? The only one supporting it is you (what a fool!) Ask your self why did the company drop out, don't blame Nvidia!So keep you antiquated Voodoo card and enjoy posting negative comments on this site or any sites. Cause that about the only thing your Voodoo card can do. I myself will be running the latest and greatest games now and to come supporting the Nivida graphics card. Giants, Sacrifice just to name a few support Hardware T&L and it rocks ...Oh, by the way keep up with the 3DFX rules and Nvidia sucks comment! All of us like to have a good laugh!!!!

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

Once again a bunch of Whining Little Bitches...Waaaaahhhhh NVIDIA sucks...LOL , Get it Right NVIDIA f**kin Rules..And they have no support , lol first of all Trailer park Trash you better get a Motherboard that supports AGp 4x becuase thats what its all about now.. 3DFX wasnt a bad company and they made some sweet cards also...But get of the kick that Nvidia sucks ,because the only thing that sucks for you is that you dont have the money to buy a SWEEEEET G-FORCE...Hahahahaha you cant get no ice cream , Casue you dont have your welfare checks yet...lmfaoAs you can see , us G-Force users love to witness the Whining of 3DFX users....lol

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

Once again a bunch of Whining Little Bitches...Waaaaahhhhh NVIDIA sucks...LOL , Get it Right NVIDIA f**kin Rules..And they have no support , lol first of all Trailer park Trash you better get a Motherboard that supports AGp 4x becuase thats what its all about now.. 3DFX wasnt a bad company and they made some sweet cards also...But get off the kick that Nvidia sucks ,because the only thing that sucks for you is that you dont have the money to buy a SWEEEEET G-FORCE...Hahahahaha you cant get no ice cream , Cause you dont have your welfare checks yet...lmfaoAs you can see , us G-Force users love to witness the Whining of 3DFX users....lol

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

It's me again looser's but it's time to come true, I AM GAY AND I JERK OFF ON MY G-FORCE CARD cause it's so fun and makes me feel like I'm f**king in real life so that tells you how good the card is and about that wel-fare joke well I'm sorry cause I AM ON WEL-FARE.

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

My powers told me it was going to be a matter of time before this happened..For all you 'LOSERS' complaining about the 3dfx voodoo 1 and 2 cards not being supported anymore, go get a life or better yet, go upgrade your shit-boxes of what you call a computer ! NVIDIA IS THE KING OF GRAPHICS, so get use to it !

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

bwahaha!!! after shelling out on a then-hardcore voodoo2 SLI setup (the first and only one to have such a set in my clan) I was a bit disturbed that the voodoo3 was pathetic compared to the tnt2ultra, which is residing in my current system (I'm holding out for the new super-geforce, in 6 months). voodoo4 and 5 STILL haven't gotten the upper hand on the now rapidly ageing tnt2, and it's been surpassed by the geforce AND the geforce 2 AND the geforce 2 ultra... oh dear.in short, wise up voodoo runners. your PCs have poor gaming card, and it's time to either upgrade or switch hobbies. dont bitch and moan. voodoo's days were over when the tnt2 shipped. 3dfx never came back.

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

i had voodoo 3 3000now i have GF 2mx and i still thinkvoodoo is good enough for games these daysso lay off voodoo and 3dfxthey were the winners not so long time ago and no one complainedif nvidia buy 3dfx thats good to forus gamers

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

well imagon that TNT2 n 3DFX all on 1 card with like 64 or 96 DDR n all dat THATS 1 HELL OF A CARD but big bucks though?!?!?!?!?:) THE next thing they need 2 do is buy VRPOWER and there u go th most best n power full card in the WORLD cool EVEN MORE big bucks.........:(

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

well im here on my ass every day coz you got a new graphics card and im gonna get bigger n bigger until your as fat as a fu cking house and so plop!!!!! kill all GRAPHICS CARD MAKERRRRS plop man g2g i got the sh itsplpalppklsofpspdfslfsdf..............

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

I think it is so sad I love 3dfx!!I tink they are doning the right ting!!I hope navida are planing to do some mor vooodoo chips but this time much more faster and I hope they are going to hold on to that god cvalety chips!!

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

i feel sorry 4 3dfx, i dont like nvida because of there lack of respect 4 gamers and there thirst 4 bussiness. there technical supports sucks, there cards are incampatible because they dont make there own bords, the qaulity is shit. the voodoo 5 5500 is the fukin madest card ever made despite the price, its fast and looks the best, and at res were it counts it faster than the g-force. 3dfx has been there from the start, offering support 4 gamers nvidia has don nothin there a bunch of fukin fagerts!

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

Why dont they give us a break.SUPPORT brothers is the KEY WORD.A game can look GREAT!!! even on a Viper330(riva128) or a Voodoo1 as long as the programmers make good use of their hardware.So f**k the Card manufacturers,DONT UPGRADE like CRAZY and DEMAND BETTER SUPPORT!!!!!!

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

hey Nvidia SUCKS!!!!!!they were trying to beat 3dFx for long time. since they can't beat it...they are trying to buy 3dfx.this is nuts!!!!!3dfx is the only chipset that supports GLIDE engine graphics in this sick world. And Nvidia is trying to get by the cheap way.i admit that Nvidia cards are getting popular because of their superior speed and other bullshits...but still 3DFX ROCKS!!!!!i owned one and i think is the beat graphic card ever!!!!!if 3dfx goes down...i'm gonna f***ing blame Nvidia...3DFX RULES!!!!!!

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

3Dfx hasnt had a good card since the voodoo2 in SLI modeNVIDIA have been at the top for a long time now(since tnt2).the only sad outcome of this is lackof competition (i.e.= price hikes).they can take time now to make even better chipsets.as for the sacking of 3Dfx staff well thats the world we live in,and if 3Dfx really gave a shit about them they would made it part of the deal with NVIDIA to keep the staff.3Dfx had fallen along time ago and they knew it. Atleast they got some pocket money for it, instead of going bankrupt.

Nvidia buys 3dfx !!!

This is an outrage 3dfx was around for much longer than nVIDIA.They had the best cards.They were the the first to make a 3D accelerator and now they are bought by nVIdia F******G B***H

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