Dr. John Cioffi
San Jose, CA
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
National Science Foundation
AMATI COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
In 1992, many people were touting fiber optic cables as the answer to growing consumer demand for bandwidth. Stanford researchers developed technology related to Discrete Multi-Tone (DMT) technology, the technology that came to be used in Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) which provides broadband internet access to homes and businesses around the world. ADSL was revolutionary because it enabled use of the common telephone line to transmit large amounts of data quickly — at rates 30–100 times faster than the 56K analog modems.
In 1992, Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing issued an exclusive license to four patents to Amati Communications Corporation, which was founded by Stanford Professor John Cioffi. In 1995, Amati merged with ICOT, which was then acquired by Texas Instruments in 1998.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
Amati Communications Corporation began as a research project by Prof. John Cioffi and graduate students Jacky Chow, Peter Chow, Minnie Ho and Huiling Lou at Stanford University.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
Dr. Cioffi’s early research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation.
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