Trident Files Lawsuit Against VIA Technologies and S3 Graphics

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Trident Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ --
 Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   TRID) announced today that it filed a
 lawsuit against VIA Technologies, Inc. and S3 Graphics of Fremont, California.
 The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court for the State of California,
 Santa Clara County.  Trident alleges that VIA and S3 Graphics, together with
 former Trident engineering senior managers, conspired to misappropriate
 Trident's trade secrets.  Trident alleges that VIA and S3 Graphics maliciously
 used Trident's confidential information to systematically recruit key
 engineers away from Trident as part of a scheme to gain a competitive
 advantage by undermining Trident's product development and design win
 capabilities.  Trident also alleges that VIA and S3 Graphics may be planning
 to use Trident's trade secrets to unfairly compete against Trident.  Trident
 intends to vigorously pursue this lawsuit to protect its business and
 intellectual property.
     During the past few years, Trident has spent a tremendous investment and
 effort to design leading edge, 3D video graphics, and digital TV/Set Top Box
 technologies.  Trident firmly believes that it has developed the
 state-of-the-art technology and is prepared to fairly, legally and
 aggressively compete against its competitors in the marketplace.
 
     Forward-Looking Information
     This press release contains forward-looking statements, including
 statements which use the words "believe," "intends," "potential,"
 "anticipate," and similar words.  The forward-looking statements above are
 subject to certain risks, and actual results could vary materially depending
 on a number of factors.  These factors include, in particular, changes in
 strategy in litigation depending on the response of the defendants, or changes
 in behavior of defendant.  Additional factors that may affect the Company's
 business are described in detail in the Company's filings with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission.
 
     Background
     Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Clara, California,
 designs, develops and markets graphics and multimedia integrated circuits for
 PCs.  Trident's products are sold through a network of OEMs, original design
 manufacturers and system integrators worldwide.  For further information about
 Trident and its products please consult our website:
 http://www.tridentmicro.com .
 
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SOURCE Trident Microsystems, Inc.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ --
 Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   TRID) announced today that it filed a
 lawsuit against VIA Technologies, Inc. and S3 Graphics of Fremont, California.
 The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court for the State of California,
 Santa Clara County.  Trident alleges that VIA and S3 Graphics, together with
 former Trident engineering senior managers, conspired to misappropriate
 Trident's trade secrets.  Trident alleges that VIA and S3 Graphics maliciously
 used Trident's confidential information to systematically recruit key
 engineers away from Trident as part of a scheme to gain a competitive
 advantage by undermining Trident's product development and design win
 capabilities.  Trident also alleges that VIA and S3 Graphics may be planning
 to use Trident's trade secrets to unfairly compete against Trident.  Trident
 intends to vigorously pursue this lawsuit to protect its business and
 intellectual property.
     During the past few years, Trident has spent a tremendous investment and
 effort to design leading edge, 3D video graphics, and digital TV/Set Top Box
 technologies.  Trident firmly believes that it has developed the
 state-of-the-art technology and is prepared to fairly, legally and
 aggressively compete against its competitors in the marketplace.
 
     Forward-Looking Information
     This press release contains forward-looking statements, including
 statements which use the words "believe," "intends," "potential,"
 "anticipate," and similar words.  The forward-looking statements above are
 subject to certain risks, and actual results could vary materially depending
 on a number of factors.  These factors include, in particular, changes in
 strategy in litigation depending on the response of the defendants, or changes
 in behavior of defendant.  Additional factors that may affect the Company's
 business are described in detail in the Company's filings with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission.
 
     Background
     Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Clara, California,
 designs, develops and markets graphics and multimedia integrated circuits for
 PCs.  Trident's products are sold through a network of OEMs, original design
 manufacturers and system integrators worldwide.  For further information about
 Trident and its products please consult our website:
 http://www.tridentmicro.com .
 
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