Need advice on NDA

Tim Prince tprince@computer.org
Thu Jun 15 06:53:00 GMT 2000


It surely looks like the NDA could put you in the position of not being
able to take advantage of anything which might be documented incorrectly
or insufficiently in the instruction set manual.  If it attempts to
prevent you from disclosing work which is based entirely on the
information which has already been released, it seems to go too far.
But, I don't expect to get into the thick of this; I have been unable to
get anyone interested in having me work on atmel stuff even with the
plethora of job openings advertised here.

Just my opinion, and an expression of interest in the real answer, even
if off topic.

Tim Prince
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marek Michalkiewicz" <marekm@t19.ds.pwr.wroc.pl>
To: <gcc@gcc.gnu.org>
Cc: <marekm@linux.org.pl>
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 1:09 AM
Subject: Need advice on NDA


> I'm currently working on some gcc and binutils improvements for
> the AVR target, mainly support for new (not yet available) chips
> that add a few new instructions.  While the necessary information
> is already available in the published AVR instruction set manual,
> it would be nice to be able to do some testing on real hardware.
>
> Atmel asks me to sign an NDA if I want to receive early samples
> of these new chips for testing.  Now, I need to make sure this NDA
> doesn't prevent me from submitting gcc changes.  >
> Thanks,
> Marek



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