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Old 11-11-2003, 12:45 AM
Allan Herriman
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Default Re: Reverse engineering an EDIF file?

On Mon, 10 Nov 2003 23:10:39 +0100, Rastislav Struharik
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Hello,
>
>I would like to know does anyone knows, is it possible to reverse
>engineer an edif netlist file? I am currently developing an FPGA core.
>I would like to supply an evaluation version of the core, that would
>have all the functionality of the final core, but would operate only
>for a limited period of time. My fear is that there is a way to modify
>the evaluation version edif netlist (find and remove modules that set
>a time limit to the operation of the evaluation version), and thus
>obtain completely functional core. Can something like this be done, or
>am I being paranoid?
>Every help and clarification on this subject is most welcome.


I think you should distribute your design in a binary format, since
it's fairly easy to reverse engineer EDIF:

Use any text editor for editing.

Use Aldec or Riviera for simulating. (Both tools handle a combined
VHDL / Verilog / EDIF flow).

Use a recent version of Synplify to convert to (almost readable)
schematics.

Regards,
Allan.1
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