Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2011 20:41 UTC, submitted by sawboss
3D News, GL, DirectX More patent news? Sorry, but for some reason, there's a spike in patent, trademark, and related news this week - not entirely unsurprising considering it's earnings season. HTC, currently under attack from Apple and a recent signer of Microsoft patent agreement regarding Android, has bought S3 Graphics... For the patents. Patents Apple has already been found infringing upon.
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RE[2]: Comment by flanque
by wanker90210 on Sun 10th Jul 2011 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by flanque"
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If they had managed to do something good with S3 Virge instead of the useless crap it now was, S3 might have taken the lead. Noone wanted the stupid pass-through 3dfx but it was usable and essentially the only choice for us wanting to keep both our kidneys. Nvidia eventually managed to do what S3 failed and thus making TNT2 the king of pre GPU cards.

I had a S3 Virge and this is me dealing with disappointment some 14 years ago. Their earlier 2d cards were super and imho nicer than the earlier Cirrus-cards so I was expecting more or at least something usable. The same goes for Matrox really, why their half ass 3d venture? Didn't they or S3 think 3d would take off?

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