reverse engineering

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reverse engineering

a situation where a firm obtains a competitor's product so as to disassemble it and from the resultant component analysis decide how to build a similar product.
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When conducting a reverse engineering activity, the reverse engineer follows a certain process.
With Intercept's software, it is possible to reverse engineer that portion of circuitry into a synchronized layout and schematic design, and then build that as a block symbol and geometry placed any number of times into future schematic and layout designs.
If you can measure an object, you can reverse engineer it.
For example, when a company, like Sega, licenses other software companies to use its code to produce games compatible with the Sega video game system, these companies often must promise not to attempt to reverse engineer any of Sega's codes for use in other games.
At first glance, the need to reverse engineer one's own systems seems to be an admission of failure, If our systems did what we wanted them to, we would not need to change them, and so we would not need reverse engineering if we had sufficiently complete records of how our systems work.
In addition, the costs to properly reverse engineer systems and the value of the reverse engineering products are consistently underestimated by management.