The recent announcement concerning the Xilinx-Flextronics lawsuit provoked a number of discussions concerning the practice of reselling products. Correspondence to readers of Electronic Purchasing Strategies by its Managing Editor noted a practice concerning the resale of reprogrammable products (e.g. FPGAs) ….
“ … although Xilinx products are programmed to customer specs … they can be wiped and reprogrammed. … As such, the parts have widespread use — and appeal — in the open market. …”
The resale of reprogrammable products introduce important nuances for users to consider with respect to the potential for prior use.
Do those who resell and distributors that buy and in turn resell reprogrammable devices disclose to their customers that the products had been previously programmed and “wiped clean”?
Do those who resell and distributors that buy and in turn resell previously programmed devices make any representations about how the products where handled and processed to maintain the integrity of these products?
This information may not be important to some users, but to those of us in the defense and aerospace business, this is important information to address the potential for compromised quality and reliability.