grinding down chips was Re: QX10 graphics board

Tony Duell ard at
Sat Jan 28 06:37:23 CST 2006

>    OK genius, you suggest something that NO ONE can break! I'm sure the
> CIA, FBI, MI-5 and the Mafia would all love to know about it.

Hmmm... A RAM-based FPGA (something like a Xilinx XC3000 or XC4000 
series), battery-backed supply, configured, and then the configuration 
memory removed should keep you guessing...

Removing the fevice from the board would lose the configuration, and I 
doubt if you could remove the encapsulation without losing it either. 

Actually, reverse-engineering an FPGA from the configuration data is a 
non-trivial task as the format of said data is undocumented.


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