The FifthGen Patents: A High Performance Low Latency Parallel Processor

Fifth Generation Computer Corporation is the owner of one US patent, two recently expired US patents and the rights to use two additional patents, all in the field of parallel processing. The Company also holds one European patent and one patent pending in the European Patent Office.

US Patent 6,000,024

James Maddox, the inventor of the Company's US Patent, 6,000,024 (the "024 Patent"), created a unique and novel “Parallel Computing System.”  Mr. Maddox began work on the system in 1993 in the middle of a distinguished career, serving as Director of Engineering for the Company from December 1993 through December 1999.  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, Mr. Maddox was responsible for the Philco 2000 computer models 210, 211, and 212. The principal application of these computers was nuclear design. The model 212 remained the highest performing scientific computer in the industry for a period of five years. He now serves as emeritus Director of Engineering for the Company.

The 024 Patent is a “binary tree computer system" which includes a microprocessor and memory at each node.  A bus controller, with a buffered interface, is included at each node to perform certain functions, which frees up the microprocessor for computing. 

The system is massively scalable from 3 nodes to millions of nodes.  Copies of the complete patent documents are available from the Company upon request.  Copies may also be obtained from the US Patent and Trademark Office via their website at To locate the Company's patent, search by the patent number: 6,000,024. The 024 Patent expires in 2017.

In late 2007, the Company was informed by the European Patent Examiner that the invention claimed in the Company’s European patent application exhibited the requisite “inventive step.”

The Company also owns and is the assignee of two other patents, U.S. Patent No. 4,860,021 and 4,843,540, which expired in 2006.


European Patent 1145129
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