Bernard V Vonderschmitt
- Category : 1923-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/3 - Role Model / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (12)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX The Clarion 2
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.