Years after discontinuing its Hardwire products, Xilinx lets expire

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Founded more than 25 years ago, Xilinx the semiconductor company, whose programmable chips can be found in 3D televisions, mobile communications equipment and even on board the Mars Rover space mission, has allowed its domain name to expire., originally registered in the mid-nineties, expired on 11/27/2010 and is pending renewal or deletion.  The expiration comes years after the company discontinued its HardWire line of products in February 2003.

The name is now up for auction on NameJet with the high pre-bid topping $1,000.   

Could Xilinx, whose own domain name was first registered in 1991, have just simply forgotten to renew the name? 

Whatever the reason, don’t expect to go for cheap.  There are a number of uses and products for Hardwire – and at the time of this story, there are over 130 bidders angling to be the new owners.


Roughly valued at $55,000, expires


Despite the high priced public sales of domain names in 2010, it’s still hard to believe the caliber of some domain names that individuals and companies let expire.  This year alone, sold for $131,400, sold for $18,800, sold for $13,100, and sold for $12,906 – all domain names that expired after the previous owners failed to renew the registration.   Those are just a few examples.

Now add to the mix.   

Roughly valued at $55,000 USD by, the domain expired on 11/20/2010 and is pending renewal or deletion.

With a backorder deadline of Dec. 25, 2010 8:00 PM PST, the expired domain has nearly 200 pre-bids already placed on NameJet, with a high pre-bid of $2,085. 

But once the private auction ends, you can expect it to go for a lot more.

Any guesses on how much the name will sell for?