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Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jan-30

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Gregory L. Cannon Wm. R. VanDyke Douglas M. Stricklin


The following describes a technology to allow com- puter peripherals to be able to process information di- ferently than originally configured. In particular, com- munications peripherals such as wirelie and rfmodems and pagers, interact with a communication environment and a computational environment such that their roles are often complex. Because of the ever expanding tech- nology of both of these mediums, it is very diicult to build cost effective products that can be flexible with respect to either of these changing mediums. Thus, many peripheral and system providers see these peripherals as black boxes or transparent concerning the informa- tion that needs to be conveyed to or from the computer. Nevertheless, the information format, if not the content is directly tie&d by the communication medium. In some cases for diierent computer configurations, the pc may wish to otlload some processing having to do with the information received or to be transmitted. This technology allows the computer to download execut- able code to a peripheral and have the peripheral per- form that processing on the information to be commu- nicated. This is an improvement over the existing technology of peripherals and a powerful shifl of the computing paradigm. This is becuse as computing plat- forms become more mobile, their power (and thus processing ability) will be constrained, and allowing that processing to be otlloaded on more capable special pur- pose peripherals will be to the end user's advantage.