Re: decapped CBM MOS

From: Justin Cordesman <>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:23:20 -0700
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It is about time that we had some new SIDs on a 14nm process...


On Jun 2, 2016, at 16:22, smf < <> > wrote:

On 02/06/2016 08:57, Segher Boessenkool wrote:

> "
> The exclusive right to authorise or prohibit reproduction does not apply
> to the reproduction for the purpose of analysing, evaluating or teaching
> the concepts, processes, systems or techniques embodied in the topography
> or the topography itself.
> "
> So the reverse engineering is Just Fine w.r.t. this.  Patents also do
> not matter.

I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect you're right that a picture of a circuit 
can't violate the patent that describes the circuit. It only comes into 
play with something functional (a software emulator may violate patents).

Decapping and reverse engineering for your own purposes is fine, 
uploading to the internet not so much. But the mask rights in the US 
have expired. No idea about EU, but really I can't see that anybody who 
owns the rights will actually care.

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