Who are the current companies participating
in France Telecom's Turbo Code Licensing Program?
The current list of Licensees for France Telecom's
standard Turbo Code Licensing Agreement can be viewed at www.turbocodes.info
Also, the current list of IP Core Designers
can be viewed at www.turbocodes.info
Who needs to sign a
Turbo Code Licensing Agreement?
Any ASIC manufacturer implementing a Turbo Code in a chipset.
Any Hardware manufacturer implementing a Turbo Code
in a FPGA, DSP, or software format
Does our company potentially owe back royalties?
If you are an ASIC manufacturer who has been implementing Turbo Codes
in a chipset without a TCLA, you could potentially owe nominal back royalties
(See Important Dates below). Examples would be CDMA2000 (3GPP2) compliant
(3GPP) chipsets, and DVB-RCS chipsets (note this list is not all inclusive).
If you are an equipment manufacturer and have implemented Turbo Codes
in a FPGA, DSP, or software in/on your product, you could potentially
owe nominal back royalties. (See Important Dates below)
Our company is using a commercially off the
shelf (COTS) Turbo Code purchased from an ASIC, DSP, or Software supplier,
do we owe royalties for using Turbo Codes?
If you are an equipment manufacturer and have acquired an ASIC, DSP, or
Software implementing Turbo Codes from a non-licensed provider, you could
potentially be liable for back royalties if your supplier does not participate
in the Turbo Code Licensing Program. The end user is ultimately responsible.
What type of Turbo Codes are covered by the
TCLP, Convolutional or Block?
Both. Turbo Convolutional Codes were invented by Claude Berrou of France
Telecom Research and Development. While Turbo Block Codes were invented
by Ramesh Pyndiah of France Telecom R&D.
Both coding techniques are covered by the TCLP and the patents associated
with them are divided into two separate patent packages for which separate
licenses are required.
Do larger companies receive more favorable
terms than smaller companies?
No. France Telecom initiated the TCLP on the basis of being a nondiscriminatory
licensing program, giving all parties regardless of size the same set
of fair licensing terms.
Our company has not produced a Turbo Code product yet, should we wait
until we have a product to sign the TCLA?
For those ASIC and Equipment manufacturers who are still in the development
stage of a Turbo Code product, France Telecom through its agent SpectraLicensing
is offering an incentive for signing the TCLA. For more information contact
Also, to ensure that your company does not owe back royalties, it is best
to have the TCLA in place before the product is on the market.
Important Dates for the Turbo Code Licensing
For any TCLA signed before December 31, 2001, France Telecom was granting
complete amnesty for all back royalties.
For any TCLA signed after December 31, 2001, a nominal fee or back royalties
up to the time of signing (whichever is the lesser) will be due.
Are there any other discounts on royalties
Yes. Discounts on royalties are available for the prepayment of Turbo
Code units. After signing the TCLA, royalties are due as defined by the
TCLA and supporting documents.
Who needs to become an IP Core Designer?
If you provide the source code for Turbo Code IP and do not imbed that
source in a FPGA, DSP, or Software, your company can become an
IP Core Designer of Turbo Codes.