LOL, sod the P96 licensing status, if the new owners over reach - then other options will appear - this new discussion is far more interesting!
FPGA's do no pretending at all, gate for gate logic - identical in operation.
I wonder if this argument has any roots that stem from a notion of : that non-volatile logic systems are REAL where where volatile ones are not ?
- well put
When Motorola were developing the 68000 processor they would have engineers holding cards that represented logic gates of the CPU - before the CPU was even built - were they emulating it or did the ASIC chip produced emulate them?
... or perhaps, as matthey has suggested - they synthesised it?