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Packet Licenses Code To Several Companies

Thu., March 19, 1998

Packet Engines has licensed the company’s technology to more than a dozen fellow travelers on the ethernet superhighway, a company official said Wednesday.

Tami Hansen, director of intellectual property licensing, said wide dissemination of Packet Engines code for computer circuit design and other applications will speed adoption of the new standard throughout the industry.

Spokane-based Packet Engines, founded in 1994, specializes in technology capable of routing one billion bits of information per second, one-thousand times the current industry standard.

Although Packet Engines manufactures hardware like highspeed switches, Hansen said, licensing enables other companies to use its code as a building block in their own designs, which shortens product lead times.

She said licensees also get “cores” with proven reliability. Codes customers develop in-house may have hidden defects, she said.

Among the companies that have obtained Packet Engines licenses are NEC Electronics Inc., VLSI Technology and Sumitomo Electric Industries.

, DataTimes

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