Icron receives second USB patent application confirmation.

June 09 1999
Icron Systems Inc.


Icron has received official confirmation for its second Universal Serial Bus (USB) patent application from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The Filing Certificate received covers Icron’s patent application for the “Method and Apparatus for Extending the Range of the Universal Serial Bus Protocol as it Applies to Asynchronous Transfers.”

David Dunnison, Vice President Business Development, stated, “With this patent application, Icron is continuing to forge ahead with the protection of its extended range USB technology. We intend to take advantage of our head start to dominate this important and fundamental area of USB.”

Icron has invented a practical means of extending the range of the USB protocol from five meters to over 100 meters. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the new standard for attaching peripheral devices to the PC. USB is currently supported by over 500 developers worldwide. USB is designed-in to most new PCs being sold today and is supported in Windows 98. USB is also supported by Apple in its products, and Apple’s iMac was the first all-USB personal computer.

Icron Systems Inc. is a leading edge developer of networking products, and is actively developing enhanced range Universal Serial Bus (USB) products. A subsidiary of Icron Systems, Icron Manufacturing Inc. is one of western Canada’s most advanced contract electronics manufacturing services providers. Icron Manufacturing provides services to more than ten high technology firms.

As with any patent application, there can be no assurance that any claims will be granted or that a patent will be issued.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Except for statements of historical fact, all statements in this news release – including, without limitation, statements regarding production estimates and future plans and objectives of Icron – are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.