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Xilinx Offers ISE Test Drive to Demonstrate Fastest FPGA Software

Altera Customers Can Utilize Conversion Package and $500 Discount as They Switch to Xilinx

SAN JOSE, Calif.
Apr 30, 2001

Xilinx Inc., (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced its plan to provide a free test drive of its Integrated Synthesis Environment (ISE), the Xilinx® next generation design environment, to any engineer interested in upgrading their programmable logic design software to the faster Xilinx tools. Engineers interested in performing their own side-by-side comparison in this test drive can register for a complete conversion package which aids the process of migrating designs originally developed with Altera software. When customers decide to switch to Xilinx, they will also receive a $500 discount for ISE Elite software tools, as an additional incentive. Xilinx is offering a $100 gift certificate to any designer who can demonstrate that his or her production design compiles faster in the Altera's Quartus/II software than in the Xilinx ISE software. For more information on the rules of this program, go to www.xilinx.com/switchtospeed.

"Because of the tremendous advantage we are seeing in our design flow, including our ultra-fast runtimes and higher device performance, we want to make it easy for customers to evaluate the software, and bring their design to production using Xilinx devices," said Bill Gregorak, director of Software Marketing at Xilinx. "We're so confident about our software's speed advantage that we'll award $100 as part of this challenge."

Switch to Speed

Altera requires their customers to use two different suites of design tools in order to target various devices from their portfolio. For instance, Altera customers who are creating a higher density design are required to switch to the new Quartus/II design tools, forcing them to learn and maintain an entirely new design environment. Xilinx supports the design of all of its leading high-performance FPGA devices such as the Spartan®-II ASIC replacement FPGAs and Virtex®-II Platform FPGAs, in a single design environment, making it easy to choose any of its leading devices.

Programmable Logic Leadership for Design

The Xilinx ISE tools are delivering the industry's fastest runtimes, highest clock performance, and support for the fastest and highest density devices, the Virtex-II Platform FPGAs. The Xilinx Alliance Series™ software is also available for the test drive for customers who prefer to seamlessly integrate their Xilinx design tools into their existing EDA environment. The Alliance Series software features the same ultra-fast runtimes, plus cross probing and error navigation tools that enable designers to navigate directly from design timing reports back to the schematic viewers within Synplicity's HDL Analyst and Exemplar's Leonardo Insight.

Price, platform and availability

The Xilinx 3.3i test drive tools are available free for any interested logic designer by registering at www.xilinx.com/speed or sending an email to speed@xilinx.com. The ISE and Alliance Series tools used in the test drive provide architecture-specific device support for all Xilinx leading product families including the Spartan and Virtex series FPGAs, and XC9500™ CPLDs. Both software series are supported on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows NT; and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Windows. The Alliance Series software also supports Unix operating systems HP-UX and Sun Solaris.

About Xilinx

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


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