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Pixar Animation Studios And Exluna Settle Lawsuit; NVIDIA Acquires Exluna

Pixar Animation Studios has settled its lawsuit againstsoftware developer Exluna, Inc. The settlement resolves all pendinglitigation and any other disputes between the two companies. Exluna,a privately held software company specializing in softwaredevelopment technology for film quality graphics rendering, wascharged with the misappropriation of trade secrets, copyrightinfringement and patent infringement. In a separate announcement,NVIDIA Corp. announced the acquisition of Exluna, Inc. as part ofNVIDIA's strategy to bring cinematic quality to real-time graphics.NVIDIA hopes the acquisition will add core engineering competency andintellectual property to its recently announced Cg (C for graphics)programming language strategy. In June, NVIDIA announced the NVIDIACg Toolkit, a new high level, C-like programming language forprogramming real-time shaders and visual effects for graphicsplatforms. NVIDIA is currently demonstrating its Cg language atSIGGRAPH 2002 in San Antonio, Texas.