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Xilinx Virtex-6 Family and Targeted Design Platforms Both Recognized as Leading Technologies in 2009 EDN China Innovation Awards

SAN JOSE, Calif.
Nov 18, 2009

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced that its high-performance 40-nm Virtex®-6 FPGA family and its Targeted Design Platforms were each named "Leading Products" in this year's annual EDN China Innovation Awards. The award recognizes Xilinx's technical leadership in delivering both cutting edge FPGAs as well as development platforms that help designers significantly boost their productivity.

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"This is the fourth time that Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms have been recognized by a top tier trade publication in China (TDP) since their unveiling in February, which underscores the importance the industry has placed on the need for new methodologies that move FPGAs further into mainstream systems development," said Xilinx Vice President for Xilinx Product and Solutions Management, Mustafa Veziroglu. "While the Virtex-6 family raises the bar for industry-leading FPGA technology, our Targeted Design Platforms are a significant new change for us in the way we're delivering programmable logic to designers."

As one of China's premier technology awards, the EDN China Innovation Awards are widely regarded as among the industry's most coveted honors. The 2009 EDN China Innovation Product Awards were chosen by a committee comprised of technology managers, researchers and an EDN China editor and handed out at an awards dinner in Shenzhen on Nov. 18. The committee reviewed 181 nominations from 95 companies. The Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA and Xilinx Target Design Platform were recognized in the Microprocessor, DSP and PLD category.

The Virtex-6 family is the high-performance silicon foundation for Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms. Consuming 50 percent lower power and delivering 20 percent lower cost than the previous generation, the new family is built with the right mix of programmability, integrated blocks for digital signal processing (DSP), memory, and connectivity support - including PCI Express® 2.0 compliant interface blocks and high-speed transceivers supporting line rates beyond 11Gbps to satisfy the insatiable demand for higher bandwidth and performance. Providing 15 percent higher performance and 20 percent lower power consumption compared to competitive offerings, the new family operates on a 1.0v core voltage with a 0.9v low-power option. These advances enable system architects to integrate Virtex-6 FPGAs into their designs to enable 'green' central offices and data centers, which is particularly relevant for the telecommunications industry as it deploys new technologies to support the demand for internet video and rich media content.

Introduced by Xilinx with its Virtex-6 and Spartan®-6 FPGA families, Targeted Design Platforms provide embedded, DSP, and hardware designers alike with access to a wide array of silicon devices supported by open standards, common design flows, IP, development tools, and run-time platforms. The new Virtex-6 FPGA and Spartan-6 FPGA Evaluation Kits announced in June were the first in a series of kits Xilinx plans to offer as part of the Targeted Design Platform strategy that enable designers to get started right out of the box with their evaluation and development of systems. These kits provide all the elements needed to design right out of the box, so both new and experienced FPGA users can achieve the best performance, lowest power, highest bandwidth, and most feature-rich utilization. In addition, the built-in scalability and plug-in expandability of the base targeted design platform kits lay the foundation for rapid deployment by Xilinx of domain-specific platform kits targeting connectivity, embedded, and DSP applications.

Designers can learn more about Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms by attending X-fest, a global series of free technical seminars sponsored by Avnet and Xilinx. These free one-day seminars offer practical training for engineers. To register for an X-fest event, visit www.weboom.com/avnet.

About EDN China Innovation Awards

Now in its 19th year, the EDN Innovation Awards honors the products and people that have shaped the electronics industry over the past year. It has become the most prestigious award in the electronics design engineering category in the North America Region. In 2005, this award was introduced in China by EDN China to an overwhelming response among engineers, academics and the electronics industry as a whole. A combination of votes from experts and design engineers determines the winners of the year, who will also win an honor in the China market. Like the EDN Innovation Awards, the EDN China Innovation Awards is also held annually.

About Xilinx

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


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