Sunnyvale, CA--April 23, 1997--Actel Corp. (Sunnyvale, CA) announced that its motion for summary judgment against QuickLogic Corp. for patent infringement was granted by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. In granting the motion, the Court found that QuickLogic's pASIC 1 FPGAs infringe Claim 1 of Actel's U.S. Patent 5,198,705 ('705 patent). Claim 1 of the '705 patent relates to the structure of universal combinatorial logic modules used in FPGAs.
The summary judgment motion was filed on November 15, 1994. After extensive discovery and briefing, the Special Master (to whom all pretrial matters have been referred) filed a recommendation with the Court on October 4, 1996, that Actel's motion be granted. Hearings were held on January 27 and February 3, 1997, and the Court granted summary judgment on April 14, 1997.
In the litigation, Actel has asserted claims for infringement of six U.S. patents (including the '705 patent) against QuickLogic, which has denied infringement and asserted invalidity defenses. Actel has also asserted causes of action for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, breach of confidential business relationship, and unfair competition against QuickLogic and John Birkner, who have denied all allegations. QuickLogic has asserted counterclaims against Actel for infringement of two U.S. patents.
Actel has denied that it infringes QuickLogic's patents and has asserted invalidity defenses. Actel seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, treble damages in an unspecified amount, attorneys' fees, and an assignment to Actel of QuickLogic's two patents-in-suit. QuickLogic seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, and treble damages in an unspecified amount.
On February 14, 1997, Actel filed a motion for separate trial on the issue of whether QuickLogic's patents-in-suit are invalid because the Actel FPGAs accused of infringing those patents were offered for sales more than one year prior to the date on which QuickLogic first applied for patent rights. A hearing on that motion is expected to occur within the next month. By order entered March 19, 1997, the Court reserved September 8, 1997 for trial of Actel's "on-sale" defense should its motion for separate trial be granted. It has set September 8, 1998 for trial of all remaining issues.
On February 28, 1997, QuickLogic filed a motion with the Special Master seeking leave to assert claims for infringement of a recently-issued U.S. patent. While Actel has said it believes that the new claims of both parties should be pursued in a separate action, it will seek leave to assert its own new claims in the pending litigation if QuickLogic is allowed to assert new claims.
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San Jose, CA--April 22, 1997--Silicon Valley Group (SVG; San Jose, CA) announced that it has received over $25 million in combined orders for its Series 8000 AVPs (Advanced Vertical Processors) from two Taiwanese chip manufacturers. The orders are the result of highly competitive bid situations and represent new customers for SVG.
The AVP systems feature process flexibility and quartz design, which provide efficient use of process gases for cost and productivity advantages. The systems will be used in the production of SRAMs as well as 64-Mbit and next-generation 256-Mbit DRAMs.
The Series 8000 AVP was designed to meet the 8-in. wafer requirements of sub-half-micron processing. SVG recently introduced a 16-cassette carousel enhancement to the system, designed to automate wafer loading as well as to address manufacturers' need for high-productivity batch thermal processing. The new carousel enhancement couples 400-wafer capacity with greater contamination control. Increased lot queuing flexibility and optimum interface capability make it suitable for fabs leveraging standard mechanical interface (SMIF) and/or fab-wide automation schemes.
Shipments for the orders began in the fourth quarter of 1996 and will continue throughout 1997.
Silicon Valley Group
San Jose, CA
Fax: (408) 467-5867
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