LONDON Alacritech Inc., an Ethernet accelerator chip maker, is likely to be getting a large sums of money having entered into agreements with Microsoft Corp. and Broadcom Corp. that settle a dispute between Alacritech and Microsoft.
A U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday (April 13) that Microsoft's Chimney software for TCP/IP offload, part of its much-anticipated Longhorn operating system, infringes patents held by Alacritech. Alacritech has announced that it has agreed to provide Microsoft and Broadcom with access to Alacritech’s patent portfolio relating to scalable networking.
In turn the patent cross-licenses with Microsoft and Broadcom provide Alacritech (San Jose, Calif.) with access to certain Microsoft and Broadcom networking patents, the company said. Alacritech’s agreements with Microsoft and Broadcom include fees in undisclosed amounts paid to Alacritech. The specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Alacritech’s SLIC Technology architecture is a key component of next-generation scalable networking,” said Larry Boucher, president and chief executive officer, in a statement.