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In the US, the relevant patent number is 6,000,024 effective December 7, 1999.
In the European Union, the relevant patent number is 1,145,129, effective 9 March 2011.
JAMES L. MADDOX
Jim Maddox was Director of Engineering for Fifth Generation Computer Corporation from December 1993 through December 1999. He now serves as Emeritus Director of Engineering.
During his time at FifthGen, Jim designed the FGC MP-7 Multiprocessor Computer platform. In 1999, he was awarded a patent for a parallel computing system.
Mr. Maddox has been a leader in the fields of system engineering and computer design since the 1950's when he was Chief Engineer at the Philco Corporation. In 1954, he designed, implemented, and delivered the first solid state Central Processing Unit and was awarded a patent for this work. As Chief Engineer at Philco, he was responsible for the Philco 2000 computer models 210, 211, and 212. The principal application of these computers was nuclear reactor design. The model 212 remained the highest performing scientific computer in the industry for a period of five years. He later became Manager of System Engineering for the RCA Corporation and then, Vice President of Computer Consoles, Inc., where he designed and developed the first successful computerized Directory Assistance System for the telephone industry. The success of this product gave Computer Consoles, Inc. a major portion of this market and moved it to a position of prominence.
Below are a few excerpts from his own description of his early
engineering design activities at the Philco Corporation in the emerging field of computers, beginning in 1953.
“I joined Philco in the spring of 1953 and was assigned to the Government and Industrial Division in Philadelphia, Pa. Shortly after accomplishing some minor assignments I was asked to evaluate the Norden Bomb and Navigation System as used by the US in World War II, and suggest some possible improvements. The Norden system used equipment that had evolved over a period of time from 1940 to 1945. It was last implemented with an electro mechanical computer with major use of ball-disk integrators. Its major limitation was finding sufficient highly skilled machinists to handle the volume of units that might be needed in case of
another large scale war and also the reliability and ability to withstand stress with a vacuum tube implementation would prove to be not acceptable."