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Reverse-engineered semiconductor devices provide authorized pin-for-pin replacements

2/25/2010 08:00 AM EST
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re: Reverse-engineered semiconductor devices provide authorized pin-for-pin replacements
Jimelectr   7/12/2010 5:15:04 AM
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Well, now that's a switch! Usually when another company reverse engineers your IC it's a bad thing. I'm assuming Rochester Electronics pays a fee or royalty to the original manufacturer for the rights to use the design. Sounds like a win-win-win situation; IC users get to continue using obsolete parts without requalifying or paying big bucks to develop substitutes, Rochester makes money selling reverse engineered but predesigned parts, and the original manufacturer gets some income without having to support old products. Good deal all around.

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