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Ross Feeman

Co-founder of Xilinx and inventor of the commercial FPGA


Ross Feeman died in 1989. He was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 1984 he was a co-founder of Xilinx and credited as the inventor of the first commercial FPGA in 1985
He spent his early years with Teletype Corporation.

Freeman earned a BS degree in physics from Michigan State University in 1969 and an MS from University of Illinois in 1971.


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