NVIDIA has reached a settlement in the class action suit about the faulty GPUs the company shipped between 2006 and 2009. Owners of Apple, Dell or HP laptops with affected GPUs are eligible for some form of compensation, you can find the full details at the NVIDIA GPU Settlement website.
In the case of Apple and Dell laptops, that includes a replacement of the GPU or MCP, while users of an affected HP laptop will actually get a full replacement laptop similar in kind and value. Anyone that has already paid to have their laptop repaired due to the GPU issue is also entitled to a full reimbursement provided they have the necessary documentation for the repairs. Even if you are covered, however, you'll still have to wait a bit longer to actually get any compensation -- a final hearing is scheduled for December 20th, and claims will only begin sometime after that.
NVIDIA eaelier yesterday also settled a patent case:
OPTi announced it will receive a $2 million payment from NVIDIA to resolve patent issues. OPTi Inc. announces that it has entered into a patent licensing and arbitration settlement agreement with NVIDIA Corporation ("NVIDIA"). Under the terms of the agreement, not later than October 1, 2010, OPTi will receive one lump sum payment of $2,000,000 for granting NVIDIA a fully paid-up license to the Pre-Snoop patents under the terms of the license agreement that was the subject of a pending arbitration between the parties.
On December 3, 2009, the Company announced that it initiated arbitration against NVIDIA because OPTi believed that NVIDIA breached the terms of a license agreement between NVIDIA and OPTi, dated August 3, 2006. The parties had entered into the August 3, 2006 license agreement in settlement of patent infringement claims that OPTi had brought against NVIDIA. The August 3, 2006 license agreement provided that OPTi was to receive quarterly royalty payments of $750,000 commencing in February 2007 and continuing as long as NVIDIA continued to use OPTi's pre-snoop technology up to a maximum of 12 such payments. OPTi filed an earlier arbitration against NVIDIA and was awarded five quarterly payments, totaling $3,750,000, for the period of February 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008. Because OPTi believed that NVIDIA had continued to use the pre-snoop technology, but had not made any of the required quarterly payments since the last arbitration ruling, OPTi initiated the December 2009 arbitration. The agreement announced today resolves all issues in the December 2009 arbitration and represents the final payment that will be received by OPTi from NVIDIA under the August 3, 2006 License Agreement.
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