Device drivers and non-disclosure agreements
Posted Oct 18, 2006 4:24 UTC (Wed) by svkelley
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Partially the case. But also the fact that NDA documentation can include detail on the underlying RTL. That makes it an attractive target for competitors.
A good example are two DAC suppliers that I have worked with on embedded products. I have heard from folks at company X irritated over the degree to which company Y had mattched features pre-announced ahead of product launch. Stupid, I know. Never announce early. That is without NDA level access. Imagine how much could be learnt and done with that level of detail.
That being said. An NDA is only worth the paper it is written upon. I deal with countless NDAs through out a given year from CPU to software. The reality is that most NDA detail leave much to be desired. However, there are nuggets of knowledge in there that could be used by the competition or ambitious lawyers for pre-emptive patent law suits.
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