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Xilinx Targets Consumer Digital Convergence Market With Next-Generation Spartan-IIE FPGAs

Programmable Alternative to Asics Provides Total Cost Management Benefits Required by Consumer Electronic Designers

SAN JOSE, Calif.
Aug 15, 2000

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http://www.xilinx.com/prs_rls/01101dvt.html Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced the introduction and immediate availability of its newest family of Spartan®-IIE FPGAs. Designed specifically for the needs of today's high-volume consumer applications, the Spartan-IIE family represents an affordable programmable alternative to best meet the demands of a rapidly evolving market. Already an emerging player in consumer electronic applications, Xilinx expects the Spartan-IIE family to further penetrate the digital convergence market. Available with up to 300,000 system gates, Spartan-IIE FPGAs allow today's designer to achieve system-level integration formerly achieved only through the use of ASICs. Additional information is available at http://www.xilinx.com/spartan.

"Digital convergence represents the growing trend toward feature integration in consumer electronics devices such as set-top boxes, DVD players, digital video, and home networks," said Clay Johnson, vice president and general manager of the General Products Division at Xilinx. "Today's consumer market manufacturers face overwhelming challenges such as shorter product life cycles, constantly changing standards and multiple product personalities. Spartan-IIE FPGAs are designed to address these specific needs while providing the time-to-market and flexibility benefits that traditional ASICs just cannot deliver."

Total Cost Management

The Spartan-IIE solution provides total cost management through the design, production, and life cycle phases, allowing manufacturers to address all aspects of a product's cost. Design cost is reduced through utilizing fewer engineering resources and the elimination of non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges. Production cost is managed through the value of system functions integrated into the FPGA, and the ability to use a standard FPGA device for many different designs. Life cycle cost is reduced through the elimination of inventory risks and the ability to upgrade a product after it has left the factory.

System Level Integration

The high level system integration features of Spartan-IIE FPGAs provide customers with an in-system reprogrammable platform for designing a whole new set of upgradable high-volume consumer applications. The system interface connectivity of Spartan-IIE FPGAs provide advanced LVDS capabilities for applications such as digital video, LCDs, plasma displays, scanners and digital cameras. Through parallel implementations of many DSP algorithms in Spartan-IIE FPGAs, designers can address DSP related applications more efficiently and effectively than conventional DSP devices. Through the use of MathWorks and the Xilinx® System Generator for Simulink® tools, DSP designers can implement designs for products such as digital and cable modems, satellite dishes, and HDTV.

Customer Proven

"In the consumer market, time-to-market is everything. Xilinx Spartan-II series FPGAs provided KB Gear a low-cost alternative to an ASIC while cutting months off the development window," said Jim Triggs, president and chief technology officer of KB Gear, a consumer electronics company located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

"Xilinx Spartan-II series FPGAs provided us with the flexibility and time-to-market features we needed to gain a competitive advantage. Based on our success with previous versions of Spartan-II, I'm confident the system level integration features of Spartan-IIE FPGAs will play an integral role in future generations of our consumer audio products," said Tom McLoughlin, president of Harman-Kardon, a consumer audio electronics company located in Woodbury, New York.

Digital Video Technology (DVT)

Successful development of products for the digital convergence market requires the ability to stay current on new and emerging standards and protocols. In a related announcement today, Xilinx unveiled its newest addition to the eSP web portal (http://www.xilinx.com/esp) with a focus on DVT. The addition of DVT is a key milestone in Xilinx commitment to provide comprehensive solutions for emerging markets.

Software and IP Support

Support for the design of the Spartan-IIE product family is provided through the Xilinx 4.1i Integrated Software Environment (ISE). ISE 4.1i is the industry's most advanced programmable logic development system, including ProActive Timing Closure technology and integration with some of the most powerful EDA tools for advanced logic design. ISE 4.1i provides a complete solution with a streamlined ASIC-like design methodology to easily create, synthesize, verify, and implement a logic design.

Designers also have access to the industry's widest range of intellectual property (IP) products. This portfolio includes over 200 IP cores from Xilinx and its AllianceCORE™ partners, ranging from standard building blocks such as memory and multiplier generators to application specific cores such as microprocessors and forward error correction functions.

Pricing and Availability

The Spartan-IIE series ranges in density from 50,000 to 300,000 system gates. Several packaging options are available for the family including a 208 pin PQFP, 144 pin TQFP, and both a 256- and 456- pin FGA. The members of the Spartan-IIE family include the XC2S50E, XC2S100E, XC2S150E, XC2S200E, and XC2S300E. Second half 2002 pricing ranges from $6.95 for the XC2S50E-TQ144 (50,000 system gates) to $17.95 for the XC2S300E-PQ208 (300,000 system gates) in volumes greater than 250,000 units. Initial production devices are available now from distributors worldwide or direct from Xilinx with minimal lead time.

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the leading supplier of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as intellectual property cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and fulfills more than half of the world demand for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to reduce significantly the time required to develop products for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial control, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, low-power portable and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at http://www.xilinx.com/ .



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