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Sun acquires patent for Polychip's computing tech

Posted: 30 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Complementing its efforts for its proximity communications technology project, Sun Microsystems Inc. has acquired the patent rights for Polychip Inc.'s capacitive coupling technology for direct chip-to-chip computer interconnect without wires.

"David [Salzman] and Tom [Knight] are visionaries who led the way in developing groundbreaking ideas in capacitive coupling and chip-to-chip communications," said Sun's executive VP and chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos. "Their innovations helped to define a field which, combined with other Sun research, provide great advantages for future product development. We are pleased that we've entered into this strategic agreement and look forward to developing the potential of revolutionary systems."

In 2005, a Sun engineer announced plans of the company to deliver proximity communication technology, touted as a 'revolutionary' method for connecting computer chips without circuit boards or wires. Sun aims to tap proximity communications for use in mainstream computing. The company also aims to use the technology to develop a DARPA-funded supercomputing program.

Polychip's Salzman said, "The industry was not prepared to adopt something as radical as proximity communication until Sun made the commitment, investing the money and people to work out the details of manufacturing and testing. By acquiring Polychip's technology, Sun has positioned itself to bring uniquely capable products to market."

The two companies are in talks about early work, state of the technology and additional developments required for the technology to impact future computer systems.

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