Bernard V. Vonderschmitt

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Bernard V. Vonderschmitt
Bernard Valentine Vonderschmitt[1]

(1923-10-14)October 14, 1923
DiedJune 9, 2004(2004-06-09) (aged 80)
Jasper, Indiana, United States
EducationRose Polytechnic Institute
Engineering career
ProjectsFabless business model

Bernard Valentine Vonderschmitt (October 14, 1923 – June 9, 2004) was an electrical engineer, most noted as a co-founder of leading FPGA producer Xilinx.


He was born on October 14, 1923 in Jasper, Indiana.

Vonderschmitt graduated with a BSEE from Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1944. He also received an MSEE degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and later an honorary doctorate from Rider University.

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. He holds 13 patents that cover color television and solid state electronics.

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.

On June 9, 2004 Vonderschmitt died in his hometown of Jasper, Indiana.[2]


  1. ^ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  2. ^ Markoff, John (June 19, 2004). "Bernard Vonderschmitt, 80, Semiconductor Designer, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Bernard V. Vonderschmitt, an electrical engineer who led early semiconductor research efforts and who later pioneered the business of separating chip design and manufacturing, died on June 9 at his home in Jasper, Indiana, from complications from a stroke, according to a spokesman for Xilinx Inc. He was 80 years old.

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