Friday, 9 February 2007

U.S. Patent Locked Down

Icron was issued an anticipated U.S. patent for its USB 2.0 extension technology.

This patent, titled "Method and apparatus for extending the range of the universal serial bus protocol," builds upon earlier patents covering USB 1.1 range extension. The invention described in the patent enables long-range or increased latency communication between high-speed (480 Mb/s) host controllers and full-speed (12 Mb/s) peripherals. It also provides support for the high-bandwidth peripherals that were introduced by the USB 2.0 specification.

The patent granted in the USA is the second of a series of applications filed through the Patent Corporation Treaty in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom patent was issued in December 2005.