Exluna Inc is based in sunny, air-conditioned California and was founded in 2000 by -- we like to imagine -- a bunch of aging hippies from Disney filmic partners Pixar Animation Studios.
The company makes software for generating moving 3D images and its products include an expensive 3D rendering tools package Entropy, and its giveaway sibling, Blue Moon Rendering Tools.
Another of its products, RenderMan, upset Pixar, who claimed it infringed some of its patents. Part of the deal seems to have involved Nvidia coughing up to Pixar, as the legal dispute Pixar launched against Exluna alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement as well as patent infringement was also spookily settled on Monday.
Nvidia said in a statement that the acquisition was intended to boost Cg, its high-level graphics software toolset. Financial details were not disclosed.
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