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Xilinx Sweeps 2005 FPGA Journal Reader's Choice Awards

FPGA Designers Rate Xilinx #1 in All Major Categories for Devices, Design Tools, Service & Support

SAN JOSE, Calif.
Oct 19, 2005

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world's leading supplier of programmable solutions, today announced it has earned top honors in the Second Annual FPGA Journal Reader's Choice Awards. Xilinx swept all FPGA vendor categories in a survey of more than 350 design teams worldwide in which respondents were asked to rate their experience with FPGA and EDA companies' products and services.

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FPGA designers ranked Xilinx highest in reader/customer satisfaction for devices, design tools, service and support, including:

   --  Virtex™ and Spartan™ FPGAs -- "Xilinx continues to lead the
       pack in performance and features, and goes the extra mile in
       'explaining how to use their devices for [your] particular class of
   --  ISE™ design tools -- "Xilinx has made 'significant improvements'
       to their tool suite over the past year, particularly in the DSP and
       embedded design areas."
   --  Support staff, application engineers, documentation and
       website -- For the second year in a row, customers rated #1 in this
       FPGA Journal Awards category because the company "consistently sets
       the standard for support staff and resources, particularly with their
       'robust website' and 'responsible and knowledgeable application

"We're delighted to receive another prestigious reader's choice award from a publication so highly respected by FPGA designers," said Xilinx vice president of Worldwide Marketing Sandeep Vij. "Survey results validate that Xilinx is on the right path, and that our continued investment in robust system-level programmable solutions is paying off for customers. We're grateful to the FPGA Journal for giving designers a 'voice' through this survey, and to our customers for honoring Xilinx with a clear 'thumbs up.'"

"We double-dog checked the answers (even, cleverly, the IP addresses, e-mail domains and other data that needed to match) to be sure that there were no sneaky faux FPGA users trying to skew the sanctity of our results," added FPGA Journal Editor-in-Chief Kevin Morris. "So, once again, still with no comedians or celebrities to read the results and completely devoid of little gold statues, are the winners of FPGA Journal's second annual reader's choice awards."

Xilinx ecosystem partners Mentor Graphics and Synplicity were ranked highest among EDA vendors for tools and support. For more information regarding FPGA Journal Awards, visit http://www.fpgajournal.com/articles_2005/20051004_awards.htm .

About Xilinx Spartan-3 Series FPGAs

In 1998, Xilinx ignited the low cost FPGA revolution with the introduction of the Spartan Series. Today, Spartan Series FPGAs are broadly adopted in high-volume, consumer applications, with over 128 million units shipped and $1.2B in cumulative revenue. With the March 2005 introduction of its Spartan-3E family, Xilinx continues to add new market-specific features to its low cost Spartan Series while reducing the cost by 30X since its introduction, offering 1000 logic cells for as little as $0.46*.

About Xilinx Virtex-4 Platform FPGAs

Named 2004 Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine, Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs deliver more options, higher performance and lower power than any other FPGA family available today. Manufactured using the world's first triple-oxide 90nm CMOS technology with 11-layer metal interconnect, Virtex-4 devices represent a quantum leap in programmable device architecture, technology, and system design capabilities. With more than 100 technical innovations, the Virtex-4 family consists of 17 devices and three domain-optimized platforms; Virtex-4 LX FPGAs optimized for logic-intensive designs, Virtex-4 SX FPGAs optimized for high-performance signal processing, and Virtex-4 FX FPGAs optimized for high-speed serial connectivity and embedded processing. Devices are shipping now. For more information on the Virtex-4 product family, visit www.xilinx.com/virtex4.

About Xilinx Design Tools

The combination of a robust, easy-to-use design environment with Xilinx FPGAs allows digital designers to complete high-performance projects faster. This includes the ISE design environment, the fastest, most complete integrated family of FPGA design tools; ChipScope Pro tool for real-time system debugging and verification; and the Embedded Development Kit, a complete integrated development environment with software tools, system wizards and intellectual property. Xilinx also offers the System Generator for DSP enabling designers to model and implement high-performance DSP systems while reducing development time and cost. More information about FPGA design tools from Xilinx is available at: http://www.xilinx.com/products/design_resources/design_tool/index.htm .

About MySupport.xilinx.com

The Xilinx technical support website, MySupport.xilinx.com, has won the "Ten Best Web Support Sites of 2005" award by the Association of Support Professionals (ASP) for the third year in a row. Web sites were evaluated in terms of design, knowledge base implementation and interactive features. MySupport.xilinx.com is home to more than 4,000 Answer Records, or responses to common customer questions. The site provides engineers with content-rich, personalized 24/7 technical support for designing with the industry-leading programmable logic devices and solutions from Xilinx. Nearly 250,000 unique visitors find information on MySupport.xilinx.com each month. MySupport.xilinx.com is credited for saving customers substantial time to knowledge and reducing risk and development costs far beyond competing offerings.

About Xilinx

Xilinx Inc. is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

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