These lawsuits involve two distinct and innovative techniques developed by AmberWave engineers to increase the performance of semiconductor devices. AmberWave contends that Intel is using these proprietary techniques as part of the strained silicon technology incorporated in its top-of-the-line 90nm Pentium(R) microprocessors. This technology is critical to enabling Intel to continue its historical pace of microprocessor performance enhancement.
The litigation arose after Intel refused to negotiate a commercially reasonable license agreement with AmberWave. "As an engineering firm, we are very proud of the significant advances offered by our patent-protected technologies," noted AmberWave CEO Richard Faubert. "Because Intel has been using these proprietary technologies without a license from AmberWave," Faubert added, "we have no choice but to defend our intellectual property rights."
AmberWave Systems Corporation ( http://www.amberwave.com) leads the semiconductor industry in developing and licensing intellectual property critical to the technology for manufacturing strained silicon and other advanced semiconductor materials and semiconductor devices. The Company's strained silicon technology incorporates more than 10 years of research from MIT, AT&T Bell Labs, and its own facilities. AmberWave complements its underlying intellectual property portfolio by providing a range of technical support services that enable IP licensees to rapidly convert the licensed technology to manufacturing processes. AmberWave, headquartered in Salem, NH, has raised over $66 million to date and was recently named one of the Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in North America.
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