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  • U.S. Court Rejects Sony Requests in Connectix Suit
  • March 17, 1999 (TOKYO) — The San Francisco Federal District Court rejected all three requests from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in a dispute in which the Sony affiliate had filed suit against Connectix Corp.
    Connectix is a U.S. software developer of emulation software called Connectix Virtual Game Station (CVGS), which enables PlayStation games to run on Apple Computer Inc.’s Macintosh machines.

    The company also plans to release a Windows version of CVGS. One of the three requests from the Sony unit involved development of the new Windows-based emulation software.

    Sony called on the court to require Connectix (1) to cease use of all copies of the Sony PlayStation basic input/output system (BIOS) possessed by Connectix, (2) to deliver all copies of this BIOS to Sony counsel and (3) to deliver all Windows CVGS prototypes as their development involved use of the BIOS.

    The court rejected all of the requests on March 11. However, the court ordered the U.S. software developer to refrain from using the BIOS in developing the Windows version for 20 days until another hearing could be held.

    “Connectix believes that it is in a stage of development where progress will not be affected by this move,” said Connectix president Roy McDonald.

    Connectix announced that it will ship CVGS Version 1.2 designed for Macintosh machines. The updated version will feature improved games compatibility and support for the DexDrive saved-game format.

    Related story: Emulator Game Station Will Profit Sony: Connectix CEO

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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