WANG LABORATORIES LICENSES SIMM TECHNOLOGY TO MICRON
WANG LABORATORIES LICENSES SIMM TECHNOLOGY TO MICRON LOWELL, Mass., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Wang Laboratories, Inc.
(AMEX: WAN) today announced that it has licensed Micron Technology, Inc. to manufacture and sell single in-line memory module products (SIMMs) that are covered by two Wang patents.
Micron is the first company to license this SIMM technology from Wang since a federal district court in August 1991 ordered Toshiba Corporation and NEC Corporation to pay Wang $3.3 million in damages, plus interest. The court's order was based on a jury verdict that both companies sold products throughout the United States that infringe two Wang patents on SIMMs. The court also ordered Toshiba and NEC, and their United States subsidiaries, to stop the manufacture, use, sale and distribution in the United States of infringing SIMM products. Toshiba and NEC were the first SIMM manufacturers to be sued by Wang. Wang sent notices of infringement to 14 other SIMM manufacturers, including Micron, in late 1989, and has offered to license its SIMM patents to them. Edward D. Grayson, senior vice president and general counsel for Wang said, "Through this licensing agreement, Micron now has the right to manufacture and sell SIMMs which are covered by our patents. They are the first company to license our technology since the federal court's ruling against Toshiba and NEC. Micron recognizes our patent rights to this important technology and we are pleased that they have decided to cooperate with us. We intend to aggressively enforce our rights against all other major SIMM manufacturers, distributors, users, and other parties who we believe are infringing our patents." Wang's patents, which run through the year 2004, cover the SIMM structure, a widely used memory device in IBM compatible PC computers and peripheral devices. SIMMs offer manufacturers and users of personal computers a standardized, compact, reliable, and low-cost means for installing and expanding PC memory. A SIMM is made up of multiple memory chips mounted in a single unit. SIMMs provide large amounts of memory in a small package that is highly reliable since memory chips do not have to be soldered onto the PC's printed circuit board one at a time. SIMM modules make it easier to assemble PC boards, and since the SIMMs are installed on the PC circuit board vertically or at an angle, they take up a fashion of the space that would be required by memory chips mounted flat. SIMMs have made it easy for PC users to add PC memory. Rather than having to exchange the entire PC board or solder new memory chips in place individually, users simply insert new SIMM modules. Equally important, this technology ensures that PC users can upgrade their PC memory with ease as new, higher-density memory becomes available. -0- 11/26/91 /CONTACT: Frank Ryan, 508-967-7038, or Ed Plgnone, 508-967-4912, both of Wang Laboratories/ (WAN) CO: Wang Laboratories, Inc.; Micron Technology, Inc. ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: LIC
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