December 15, 2000
News Release 00-154
Inv. No. 337-TA-441


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain field programmable gate arrays and products containing same. The products at issue in this investigation are field programmable gate arrays, which are programmable integrated circuits that are used in a wide range of computer and electronics industries.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Xilinx, Inc., of San Jose, CA, on November 16, 2000, and supplemented on December 1, 2000. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain field programmable gate arrays and products containing same that infringe patents owned by Xilinx, Inc. In its complaint, Xilinx requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified Altera Corporation of San Jose, CA, as the respondent in the investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-441), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Sidney Harris, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Harris will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the President of the United States within that 60-day period.

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