So are resistors and capacitors. I agree, it is crap. This may be a restriction imposed by an authority higher than Xilinx management, so they may not be able to do anything about it, but still. It's a blank IC, not 3 kilos of enriched unobtainium.
The restriction is most likely imposed by the US government. Although I tend to doubt that it was that broad. Probably Xlinx just wants to cover their butt.
This is awful close to my #1 pet peeve of all time -- how the building blocks of modern technology are often held at arm's length from hobbyists. Before I was born, you could go down to a local retail shop and buy parts to fix your TV or build your own stereo system. Now you can't buy a Dolby Digital decoder IC without an NDA and small fortune in license fees.
Absolutely agree. The government is so out of touch with what goes on in the real world it is crazy. And of course there is the huge corporations that lobby the government. And when in doubt just blame it on preventing terrorism. I guess I am ranting now
And 3GB for anything but a movie, game, or other media library is pretty excessive. What is this, an HP printer driver? smiley-razz
Its about 8GB once installed smiley
Kind of ridiculous, but a necessary evil.
It shouldn't be a necessary evil. I would gladly download a stripped down package with more limited tools and only support for certain FPGAs if it means saving several GB of space as well as bandwidth.
What we really need is to ditch this proprietary garbage and have full open source development.