Sun acquires patent rights for chip-to-chip chat

Sun Microsystems, whose proximity interconnect technology seeks to speed up computers by letting one chip talk directly to another instead of sending signals over a wire, has acquired related technology from a small company.

Through an intellectual property agreement with the company, Polychip, Sun acquired all patent rights to the technology from pioneers David Salzman and Thomas Knight, Sun said last week.

"Sun and Polychip determined that continued development of the technologies by Sun will provide the best application of the technology for the market," Sun said in a news release.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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