Because there is no good source of info besides the press releases, I have created this sticky thread so that people can post information regarding the 3DFX - SEGA joint project "Black Belt".
(do not move this thread)
The lawsuit was initially filed by 3Dfx, approximately one year ago against Sega America, Sega Enterprises and NEC seeking damages valued of roughly $155 million (EN, Sept. 8, 1997). The complaint originated when Sega terminated a contract with 3Dfx for the graphics company to build Sega's next generation gaming console (EN, July 28, 1997). NEC later said it was supplying Sega with the graphics engine, the PowerVR chip, for Sega's gaming console due out sometime next year.
In the lawsuit, 3Dfx said it believes that Sega has consciously attempted to deprive 3Dfx of its intellectual property and inhibit fair competition in the market for 3-D graphics chipsets. In addition, the company accused NEC and VideoLogic of "consciously and deliberately setting out to usurp the contract with Sega and force a breech of contract." 3Dfx alleges NEC officials were well aware of 3Dfx's contract with Sega and influenced Sega in some way to terminate the contract.
the court ordered Sega to return to 3Dfx all intellectual property, trade secrets and confidential information. The orders come as part of a lawsuit filed by 3Dfx after Sega terminated their development agreement without cause, according to 3Dfx, in July of last year (EN, July 28, 1997).
The doors of 3DFX close.
1.) As part of the settlement, all joint projects equipment to be destroyed. (9 out of 10)
2.) All material worked on by Sega with 3DFX returned to 3DFX.
(1 of 10)
3.) Sega has blackbelt material as part of settlement.
(1 of 10)
4.) Possibility "black belt" sits somewhere archived or
unnoticed. (1 of 10)
A. Technical documents must exist and should be sought out.
B. Seek out the remote possiblility of a pilfered unit. However, as a tech demo, it is sure to be large.
C. Demonstration to SOJ by SOA, die samples and proof of concept
must be validated.