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TmX



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http://warf.org/news/news.jsp?news_id=221

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is charging Intel Corporation with patent infringement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison invention that significantly improves the efficiency and speed of computer processing. WARF, a private, non-profit corporation that is a supporting organization to the UW-Madison, filed a complaint yesterday against Intel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

WARF filed this complaint to ensure that the interests of the UW-Madison and its inventors are protected and that WARF receives the compensation to which it is entitled for Intel's unlicensed use of the invention. This compensation will be used to advance continued research at the university. The foundation's complaint identifies the Intel CoreTM 2 Duo microarchitecture as infringing WARF's United States Patent No. 5,781,752, entitled "Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer."

The technology, patented in 1998, was developed by four researchers at the UW-Madison, including Professor Gurindar Sohi, currently the chair of the university's Computer Science Department. Intel has aggressively marketed the benefits of this invention as a feature of its Core 2 technology. "The technology significantly enhances opportunities for instruction level parallelism in modern processors, thereby increasing their execution speed," states Michael Falk, WARF general counsel.


Money indeed talks, isn't it ? Laughing [/quote]
Post 13 Feb 2008, 15:49
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revolution
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revolution
This sort of thing happens a lot in the business world. TmX: Why do you pick on this particular case?
Post 13 Feb 2008, 16:24
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DJ Mauretto



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This is not the first time that intel stealing ideas of others,
Speed step technology has been implemented for the first time by transmeta processors crusoe, intel has paid a fine of 250 million dollars for stealing this technology.
Microsoft and Intel have achieved their monopoly stealing from others, not for their merits Shocked
Post 13 Feb 2008, 17:59
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f0dder



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"Stealing", ho humm... some ideas with a way too broad definition are sometimes patented, which is lame. Really, granting patents like "reducing processor speed when idle to decrease power usage"?
Post 14 Feb 2008, 00:17
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DJ Mauretto



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http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20071024104858.html

Open your eyes Wink
Microsoft and Intel dominate the market like all dictators
Pay dealers to sell their products rather than others,
even here intel will have to pay many dollars,
and then their quad core processors 1000 US dollars are only modest processors,
consider that a medium 40MHz DSP processor is higher in the calculation of float point
compared all Intel processors, perhaps the next step with Intel SSE5 will be to clone a DSP,
so a fine of 500 million dollars is a nonsense for them. Shocked
Post 14 Feb 2008, 09:33
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Madis731



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Its not like two CPUs in one system is new. Servers have used it ages ago.
Intel had hyper-threading long ago and having two separate cores was just the next logical step. Just like two CPUs in a server, but now they're packages as one chip. Nothing special in that.

And as f0dder said, patented obvious things aren't really worth a patent.
Post 14 Feb 2008, 12:15
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f0dder



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Madis, I think the "patent infringement" fore core2duo doesn't target the multicore feature, but rather something like "Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer". But still... Smile

DJ Mauretto: "only modest processors" - well, sorry to break it to you, but intel are designing & manufacturing the highest-performing general usage CPUs - and if you look aside from the overpriced super-top-of-the-line CPUs, the rest are reasonably priced. Sure thing, you can outperform them on specific operation with specialized hardware, but that's nothing new - that's why nvidia aren't slapping core2quadros onto their video cards :]
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