Firm Receives Key Optical Communications
July 19, 2004
(Dallas, Texas) Incucomm announced
today it received a Notice of Allowance for a patent by the United
States Patent and Trademark Office for a technology providing optical
communications without fiber. The patent involves optical
communications over 360 degrees, providing optical bandwidths over a
wide area. Previously, only radio systems, with limited bandwidth
offered 360 degree coverage.
The technology involves novel optics, allowing a single laser to cover
a large angular volume. This means a low cost system can cover a wide
area, with optical communications bandwidth.
"This is a big milestone for us," said John Volpi, Incucomm CTO, and
co-inventor of the technology. "We believe this invention is truly
important. We have several patents pending for our portfolio, but it
takes time to work through and see an award." Foreign patent awards
are also expected, said Volpi, who has several other patents awarded
Crinis Networks Inc has licensed the technology for its LaserWire�
line of products. The allowed patent claims cover technology for
optical transceivers that have applicability in multidirectional high
bandwidth communications and other communication technologies. The
invention supports use of MEMS devices, as do existing Crinis
products. "We are very pleased at this development," said Bill Scott,
CEO of Crinis Networks. Scott noted that Crinis has other patents
pending as well.
Crinis provides the ConnectPoint Campus, an outdoor/indoor Free Space
Optical (iFSO� ) networking product for connectivity between an
auto-aligning transceiver pair. When a unit is pointed within several
degrees of its companion, it automatically aligns and starts
transmitting data. Crinis also offers the ConnectPoint 100 indoor
Applications for LaserWire� include temporary support for disaster
relief efforts, military sites, wireless LAN backhaul configurations,
and warehouse or manufacturing facilities. LaserWire� products are
priced well below traditional free space optical (FSO) equipment.
Development of intellectual property is part of Incucomm's process for
�I like Incucomm�s process discipline, their reach into large
companies for strategic relationships, and their roster of talent
available to help a company get started,� said Larry Cain. Mr. Cain
was the COO of MobileStar, and is currently heading an Incucomm
startup. �Larry is characteristic of what we have seen from seasoned
founders,� said Matt Bowers, Incucomm's Chief Development Officer.
�The more they know about starting a company, the more they appreciate
The company�s best-known portfolio companies are Xterprise and Crinis
Networks. Xterprise provides EPC RFID and supply chain solutions and
has built relationships with Printronix, V3, and Red Prairie. Crinis
Networks makes high speed networking gear. Crinis has built
relationships with Sanyo, Anixter, CSC, and Texas Instruments.
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