Ex parte CAROL E. BASSETT - Page 9

          Appeal No. 95-4957                                                          
          Application 07/950,979                                                      

          reasons discussed above with respect to the plurality of data               
          Although we can agree with the examiner that the artisan                    
          would have recognized the obviousness of using bidirectional                
          transceivers in place of bidirectional buffers, we cannot agree             
          with the examiner that Kronstadt in any way suggests using a                
          plurality of buffers or tranceivers for the latching of data.  As           
          noted above, Kronstadt shows only a single data line feeding                
          either latch 26 of FIG. 4 or buffers 32 of FIG. 5.  There is no             
          support for the examiner’s assertion that the claimed plurality             
          of bidirectional latching transceivers is inherently suggested by           
          the teachings of Kronstadt.                                                 
          Appellants argue that Kronstadt does not teach a system                     
          memory controller which generates addresses in the manner recited           
          in claim 1 [reply brief, page 4].  The examiner argues that                 
          Kronstadt teaches a system memory controller 18 as shown in FIGS.           
          1, 3 and 4.  With respect to the specific addressing arrangement            
          recited in claim 1, the examiner maintains that the pipelining              
          operation of Kronstadt meets the addressing arrangement of claim            
          1.  In our view, although Kronstadt does broadly teach a system             
          memory controller, there is no suggestion in Kronstadt for the              
          functions performed by this element as recited in claim 1.                  


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