In the continuing and messy, decades-old saga of programmable logic litigation, we now have this news from EE Times:
German processor firm alleges Xilinx, Avnet infringe patents
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.
The Phoenix Mars lander is scheduled to be on the surface of Mars this weekend, on Sunday. At least one Actel FPGA is on board, handling pressure and temperature data processing.
Note that Actel and Xilinx FPGAs are already rolling around on Mars, in the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
Details of the Phoenix lander and its gadgets can be found on the JPL Mars Page.