Er waren al eerder geruchten, maar nu is het toch definitief. Nvidia neemt grote delen van 3dfx over waaronder enkele zeer veelbelovende technieken waarmee 3dfx bezig is zoals HSR en hardware voxel acceleration. Met de overname verdwijnt verdwijnt een bedrijf wat een stempel op het moderne gamen heeft gedrukt, al ging het de laatste jaren wat minder. Met de overname verdwijnen ook de rechtzaken die waren aangespannen door 3dfx wegens patentschanding. Het persbericht van Nvidia: SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 15, 2000 - NVIDIA®

Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain graphics related assets of 3dfx Interactive (Nasdaq: TDFX), a pioneer and a recognized leader in graphics technology. These graphics related assets include, but are not limited to, patents, pending patent applications, trademarks, brand names, and chip inventory related to the graphics business of 3dfx. In addition, 3dfx and NVIDIA have agreed to stay the patent infringement litigation between them through the closing of the transaction, at which time it will be jointly dismissed with prejudice.

Under the terms of the agreement, NVIDIA will pay to 3dfx a total consideration of $70 million in cash and 1 million shares of common stock. The asset acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is subject to 3dfx shareholder approval, the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions. This acquisition will be accounted for as a purchase and is expected to be complete in the first quarter of NVIDIA's fiscal year 2002.

Founded in 1994, 3dfx was an early pioneer in the 3D graphics industry and has been recognized for its ability to bring some of the world's finest games, educational content, interactive entertainment and media-rich business applications to life.

Na het recentelijk wegkopen van de topmensen bij Matrox en de met deze deal verkregen technieken kan Nividia de ultieme grafische kaart gaan maken. Maar of dat ook tegen een normale prijs zal gebeuren? We kunnen het alleen maar hopen.