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Alcatel/Amati Cross-Licensing Agreement
BRUSSELS, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 1997--Alcatel Mietec announced an agreement with Amati covering any Amati patent involved in the standard DMT technology implemented into the Alcatel Mietec's DynaMiTe ADSL chipset.
This is part of the recently announced, Alcatel/Amati cross-licensing agreement enabling both companies to use mutual patents on ADSL and VDSL. Under the agreement Alcatel Mietec's DynaMiTe customers now get the assurance that their DynaMiTe -based design is legally covered. In addition, purchasers of the Mietec chips automatically receive the right to use them in their own products, which they can sell without additional royalty fees.
''The agreement with Amati further positions the DynaMiTe chipset as the technology of choice for high volume ADSL deployment,'' said Robert Bury, marketing manager for telecommunications products at Alcatel Mietec. ''Taking care of legal issues is part of our global strategy to solve problems that are relevant to our customers and that often go far beyond the pure delivery of the silicon and software. In the same line of thought, we have designed the DynaMiTe offering taking into account the complete system environment of the chipset to offer straightforward integration into new or existing designs. This reduces systems design and integration leadtime but also considerably eases the migration from other technologies to the standard, interoperable DMT ADSL.''
Interoperability is the other benefit of the Alcatel/Amati agreement. The latter shows that both companies are committed to the support of the interoperability of their DMT solutions. In addition to the compliance to the ANSI DMT standard, the use of common patented implementations is further guaranteeing interoperability between DMT solutions from different sources, a key requirement for mass deployed technologies.
Alcatel Mietec is the Microelectronics division of Alcatel with chip design and manufacturing headquartered in Belgium. Alcatel Mietec offers both custom and standard chipsets for communications applications with a focus on the access network technologies.
Amati Communications Corporation is a pioneer and leading developer of advanced transmission equipment utilizing DMT technology for the ADSL, Very High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) and xDSL markets. Amati is the holder of the ADSL/DMT patents and has licensed the technology to companies such as Alcatel, Analog Devices Inc., Motorola and Nortel. The ADSL/DMT technology, recently selected by BC TEL, Canada for a proposed roll out of commercial ADSL services, is an effective means of transmitting high-speed data over existing copper phone lines, making Internet access, interactive services, broadcast quality video and video-on-demand realizable to many subscribers. Amati also provides network connectivity systems for the gateways, client-based workstation software and network data communications interfaces.
For more information about Amati Communications, see website at www.amati.com .