Mill Computing, Inc. Forums The Mill Markets Individual patent licensing?

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  • Renesac
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    Has any manufacturer approached Mill interested in some part of your patent filings? The instruction encoding part for example, with the variable length split stream encoding, cheap NOPs, etc, seems quite useful outside a Mill. It could be advantageous on a traditional DSP or something like that.

    This could be a valuable income source for a starving start-up.

  • Ivan Godard
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    We’d certainly be interested, but it seems unlikely. No one would take an encoding license unless they were doing a new binary-incompatible ISA anyway, and those don’t happen that often. Most companies risk-adverse too, so they would wait and see if it actually works in silicon. And unfortunately some of those who might want to use our stuff don’t bother to get a license.

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