US Uni sues Sony over PS2 chip

Emotion Engine technology infringes 1986 patent, apparently

The Register is today reporting the surprising news that the University of Wisconsin Madison has filed a law suit against Sony and Toshiba, which alleges an infringement of a patent they registered 1986.

The case surrounds the technology being used by Sony and their manufacturer Toshiba in the creation of the PS2's Emotion Engine CPU. The University's lawyers are seeking damages and a halt to the use of the processor, a potentially catastrophic event for Sony whose console has shifted millions of units globally.

The chip dubbed the Emotion Engine was originally designed by Toshiba and Sony; with the former formerly manufacturing the chip, too. The alleged patent infringement does not surround part of the chip itself however, just a part of the technology used to manufacture it. More on this as we get it.

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