The revelation – in Business Week – follows 3dfx's announcement last week that it had received a favourable ruling in its ongoing patent-infringement suit against Nvidia.
Business Week, which did not name the industry insider quoted in its report, suggests that Nvidia may opt to buy 3dfx rather than face an unfavourable court decision.
If the court declares against Nvidia, the company may be forced to pay damages and terminate production of some of its products.
The report claims Nvidia will save money by buying 3dfx, rather than facing stiff penalties.
Neither 3dfx nor Nvidia would comment on the reports.