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Intel countersues Transmeta

Posted: 17 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessor  processor  Intel  Transmeta  microprocessors 

Intel Corp. has countersued a much smaller developer of microprocessors, Transmeta Corp., alleging patent infringement in a Delaware court, according to Associated Press and other online reports.

Transmeta announced it had filed lawsuit against Intel in October 2006. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleged that Intel has infringed upon ten (later increased to 11) of Transmeta's patents.

The patents cover computer architecture and power efficiency technologies and the complaint charges that Intel has infringed and is infringing Transmeta's patents by making and selling a variety of microprocessor products, including at least Intel's Pentium III, Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core and Core 2 product lines.

In its filing Intel has denied Transmeta's claims and counterclaimed that the microprocessor developer has infringed seven Intel patents, the reports said. Both law suits ask the courts to stop the other company to be prevented from selling its chips and seek unspecified damages, the reports said.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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