From: Winfield Hill
Subject: Re: Goodbye, Dear Boy
Date: 18 Jan 2003 18:50:29 -0800
Organization: Rowland Institute
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> the renowned Winfield Hill wrote:
>> I suppose I could be called an Austinite of sorts; I spent
>> some very serious time there as an expert witness in a huge
>> lawsuit: Motorola vs. Hitachi. Which resulted in the judge
>> ordering Motorola to cease making and selling the 68000 chip,
>> which was the heart of Apple's computers, among other things.
> Hmm.. Hitachi had to stop making the "epoch-making" OTP version
> of their CMOS 6305 series around that time too didn't it? Part
> of the same battle?
Perhaps - in the end there were 7 or 8 patents at stake between
the two parties, and the judge found that each had infringed on
the other. Both parties suffered, and after a few months were
forced to make up, which was what the judge had wanted all along.
But Motorola did keep Hitachi's H8 away from Detroit for several
years, which was their primary goal from the start. The judge
didn't require this, AFAIK. I was disappointed not to be able
to use it in projects, because of its attractive architecture,
with which I had become very familiar by the end of the case.