Intel granted overclocking blocking patent
Date 26-Mar-2003 16:30:49
|Intel has been granted a patent outlining a technology designed to block attempts to over-clock its processors. |
Intel applied for the technology to be patented in September 1999. The patent, number 6,535,988, was granted on 18 March this year, as reported by HardOCP.
The patent covers "a mechanism for detecting and deterring over-clocking of a clock signal for use in a processor, comprising: a detection circuit adapted to detect over-clocking of a clock signal for use in the processor based on a reference signal; and a prevention circuit adapted to prevent over-clocking of said clock signal by limiting or reducing performance of the processor in response to detection of said over-clocking of said clock signal".
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