In the continuing and messy, decades-old saga of programmable logic litigation, we now have this news from EE Times:
PACT is a reconfigurable computing company that has worked for eight years to promote and sell its XPP reconfigurable device technology, most recently focusing on intellectual property (IP) licensing for HD video applications. The lawsuit appears to be aimed squarely at the DSP48 blocks that now appears in every FPGA family sold by Xilinx. Obviously there is a lot at stake here for Xilinx if the suit has merit. But don’t hold your breath for a result: the case is not scheduled in court until 2011.