Proprietary FPGA data

From: Chuck McManis <>
Date: Mon Aug 30 13:52:56 1999

Tony commented that he won't use parts where he can't run the tools on his
computers. Fair enough. The discussion of "proprietaryness" of the Xilinx
parts also came up. Its like this:

The _users_ of the parts like that they are proprietary since it makes it
harder to reverse engineer the system. Eventually, hardware users will
learn the awful truth that software library vendors have learned, which is
that it isn't profitible to try to "hide" something that an engineer could
work out by hand in less than a week.

Received on Mon Aug 30 1999 - 13:52:56 BST

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