HP licenses Elonex Patent

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 14, 1996 — Hewlett-Packard Company and London-based computer manufacturer Elonex today announced that they have reached agreement regarding licensing the power-management technology HP uses in its PC displays. Power-management systems allow PC displays to consume less power after a user-defined or default idle period.

The scope and terms of the settlement agreement are confidential, but the license Elonex has granted HP encompasses modular computer and PDA designs as well as the power management technology which is centered around U.S. Patent 5,389,952. Additionally, HP has the option to take out a license on other Elonex technologies.

HP is the first major PC maker to license Elonex’s technology*. Elonex expects that other companies will follow HP’s lead as they seek to comply with increasingly important energy conservation standards. Government agencies and independent organizations worldwide are involved in reducing power consumption in office equipment. Desktop computers are one of the primary targets for this effort — displays consume a significant portion of the power used in a desktop computer system.

Jacques Clay, general manager of HP’s Extended Desktop Business Unit and Elonex’s commercial director Michael Spiro joined in saying that they view the agreement as a positive outcome for both businesses.

Founded in March 1986, Elonex supplies complete IT solutions to a customer base that ranges from private individuals to multinational and governmental organizations. The company designs, manufactures, markets and supports a complete range of desktop PCs, network server systems and integrated LAN workstations. It also provides computer support services encompassing system specification, configuration, installation and maintenance. Elonex’s hardware products are built to order at its London headquarters and at other sites in Europe. The company is introducing a range of software products based around its own technological developments for use within corporate Internet and Intranet environments. It has a large patent portfolio incorporating diverse technologies for different industry sectors. Elonex has sister companies in seven different countries worldwide.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 105,200 employees and had revenue of $31.5 billion in its 1995 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

* Elonex’s technology enables the Video Electronics Standards Association’s (VESA) Display Power Management Signaling (DPMS) Standard to be met.