Vonderschmitt, Bernard V.

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Vonderschmitt, Bernard V. Gender: M
Bernard Valentine Vonderschmitt
born on 14 October 1923 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Bainbridge, Indiana, 39n46, 86w49
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 20°44' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 28°24 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 01°47'


American electrical engineer, most noted as a co-founder of leading FPGA (field-programmable gate array) producer Xilinx, an American technology company, primarily a supplier of programmable logic devices. He holds 13 patents that cover colour television and solid state electronics.

Vonderschmitt began his career with RCA, and worked with them for 34 years, taking a short time during World War II to serve in the US Navy as an electronics officer.

After leaving RCA, he worked briefly for Zilog, before co-founding Xilinx together with Ross Freeman in 1984. With Xilinx, he pioneered the fabless business model which is now used by a large number of semiconductor companies around the world.

In 2002, he retired from Xilinx, with the company entrenched as the worldwide leader in FPGA marketshare.

Vonderschmitt died, aged 80, on 9 June 2004 in Jasper, Indiana.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 80)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Engineer : Electrical
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (13 patents)