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Court sides with ISCO on patent infringement suit

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-A patent infringement lawsuit brought by ISCO International Inc. against SuperConductor Technologies Inc. and Conductus Inc. came a step closer to a close this week.In a Markman Hearing, in which the court defines the meaning of terms in the patent claims, the...

STI, Conductus announce merger

SANTA BARBARA-Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) and Conductus Inc. announced plans to merge under the STI name, with Conductus becoming an STI subsidiary.At the close of the merger, expected by year-end, the combined company will receive a $15 million investment, through a private placement from...

Conductus completes equity placement

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Conductus Inc. announced it completed a $7.3 million private placement of equity to support the commercialization of its ClearSite products for the wireless market.Under the terms of the financing, investors (led by Special Situation Fund and including Palo Alto Investors) purchased 3.7 million...

Dobson signs follow-on order with Conductus

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Dobson Cellular Systems Inc. placed a follow-on order under a purchasing agreement signed in 2000 for a minimum of 200 wireless systems from Conductus Inc. for its ClearSite superconductor systems."In cell sites where we have deployed the ClearSite systems, we have seen up...

Superconductor Technologies, ISCO in patent lawsuit

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Superconductor Technologies Inc. has sued ISCO International Inc. following ISCO's complaint against STI for infringement of its patent for "Cryoelecronically Cooled Receiver Front End for Mobile Communications System."STI originally denied ISCO's allegations and asked the court to declare ISCO's patent invalid and...

ISCO charges others infringe on its cryoelectronic cooling product

A patent dispute is heating things up between three companies that provide solutions for controlling RF interference.ISCO International Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Conductus Inc. and Superconductor Technologies Inc. for infringing on its patent for cryoelectronically cooled receiver front end (CRFE) for mobile...

Conductus ClearSite solution enhances network quality

Expand coverage. Reduce interference. Increase capacity. Enable higher bandwidth.These are the four corners of Conductus Inc.'s philosophy in rolling out its ClearSite solutions for first-, second- and next-generation air-interface standards.To bring these lofty dreams to fruition, the company has produced the ClearSite 2100 systems...

Nokia ousts Lucent as net income leader for year

NEW YORK-In this year's RCR Wireless News Major Players Vendors listing, Nokia Corp. and Ericsson Inc. each moved up a notch, rising to first and second place respectively among equipment vendors that are net income leaders.Lucent Technologies Inc., which had previously topped the charts...

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LittlefeetLittlefeet Inc., a wireless network infrastructure developer, appointed Kai Cheong Chan as the general manager and sales director for the company's new regional office, which will serve Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.Chan will be responsible for developing business relationships and managing distribution channels for...

Dobson buys Conductus products

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Superconducting wireless systems manufacturer Conductus Inc. signed a purchase agreement with Dobson Communications Corp. for a minimum of 200 Conductus ClearSite systems to be deployed nationwide by Dobson in the next two years.Dobson said it plans to use the ClearSite systems to improve...

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WirelessNorthPersonal communications services carrier WirelessNorth named David Charles president of the company. Charles served as director of operations with Montana Power Co., where he was responsible for 120 employees serving 110,000 electric and natural gas customers in the Missoula division, covering Western Montana. In...

Conductus tests ClearSite in 3G environment with KDD

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Superconducting wireless systems manufacturer Conductus Inc. reported that the first third-generation field trial of its ClearSite system demonstrated reductions in the effects of interference on 3G base station performance, as well as improvements in coverage, capacity, bandwidth, handset power and bit error rates.During...

Conductus trials ClearSite system

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Conductus Inc., a manufacturer of superconducting wireless systems, reported the first field trial of its ClearSite system at a Code Division Multiple Access cell site.The company said the testing showed the new system increased cell site coverage by as much as 5,000 percent....

Conductus raises $13.67 million

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Conductus Inc. announced it received $13.67 million in new equity financing from Nevis Capital Management Inc., an investment management firm based in Baltimore.Under terms of the financing, Conductus issued 1 million shares of common stock at $13.67 per share. Conductus said it plans...

Conductus receives funding, sites successful TDMA app

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Conductus Inc. received $15 million in equity financing to support the commercialization of its ClearSite system in the wireless communications and wireless Internet access markets.The funding was received both from existing shareholders Palo Alto Investors, Alloy Ventures Inc. and Bay Area Microcap Fund,...

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Qualcomm Inc. placed 6.9 million shares of its common stock in a public offering at $156.50 per share for total net proceeds of about $1.1 billion.Conductus Inc. said its common stock will remain listed on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market thanks to an exception freeing...

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Sprint PCSSprint PCS named Steve Geldmacher president of its new north central region. Prior to this position, Geldmacher was area vice president for north Texas and Oklahoma. He joined Sprint PCS as the company's first area vice president in 1996, having just served as...

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AdiCom Wireless Inc. signed an agreement with Marconi Communications giving the company distribution rights to market and sell AdiCom's wireless local loop products worldwide. Marconi will offer AdiCom's WLL products and services under its brand name of MAARS 100 and MAARS 200, and they...

CONDUCTUS TRIES TO RAISE CAPITAL FOR NASDAQ LISTING

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Because its request to be listed on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market has been denied, Conductus Inc. said it hired Alliant Partners to provide financial advisory services to help it raise more capital.Alliant Partners is an investment banking firm focused on providing advice for...

CONDUCTUS REPORTS CLEARSITE ORDERS

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Conductus Inc. announced it received multi-unit orders for its ClearSite front-end receiver systems from a large Japanese original equipment manufacturer and two U.S. cellular operators.Conductus sees the Japanese order opening up opportunities for future widespread deployment."This order is a major step forward for...

CONDUCTUS REVENUES DOWN 36 PERCENT

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Conductus Inc. reported revenues for the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, decreased by 36 percent to $1.3 million, compared with $1.9 million of revenues reported for the same time in 1997. Revenues for the year also decreased from $9.5 million in 1997, to...

CONDUCTUS GETS MICROWAVE CONTRACT

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Conductus Inc. was awarded a contract to develop low-loss tunable microwave devices for applications in wireless and satellite communications, said the company.The contract, which is valued at $1.67 million over two years, includes an option for a two-year continuation of the program for...

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Communication Solutions Inc. awarded Conductus Inc. a subcontract, valued at about $1 million, to build a multichannel wireless receiver front-end enhanced by superconductors. The Baltimore-based company plans to integrate the front end into a high-performance system earmarked for a number of government communications applications,...

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Corsair Communications Inc. said it completed installing its PhonePrint system for AT&T Wireless Services Inc. in its Pittsburgh market. AT&T Wireless already had the fraud-prevention system installed in its New York-New Jersey; Las Vegas; and Santa Barbara, and Oxnard-Ventura, Calif., markets. "Our PhonePrint Roaming...

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