Profile: Xilinx Inc (XLNX.O)
22 Apr 2014
Xilinx, Inc. (Xilinx), incorporated on February 5, 1990, designs and develops programmable devices and associated technologies. The associated technologies, the Company develops includes integrated circuits (ICs) in the form of programmable logic devices (PLDs), including programmable System on Chips (SoCs) and three dimensional ICs (3D) ICs; software design tools to program the PLDs; targeted reference designs; printed circuit boards, and intellectual property (IP), which consists of Xilinx and various third-party verification and IP cores. In addition to its programmable platforms, the Company provides design services, customer training, field engineering and technical support. The Company sells its products and services through independent domestic and foreign distributors and through direct sales to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronic manufacturing service providers (EMS).
The Company’s PLDs include field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) that its customers program to perform desired logic functions, and programmable SoCs, which combine ARM processor-based systems with programmable logic in a single device. The Company also designs and develops D ICs, which stack FPGA logic die or a combination of FPGA and 28 gigabits/second transceiver die in a single package to exceed the capacity and bandwidth of monolithic devices, but with manufacturing and time-to-volume advantages of smaller die.
28-nanometer (nm) Product Families
The Company’s 7 series devices that comprise its 28-nm product families are fabricated on a high-K metal gate, high performance, low power 28-nm process technology. These devices are based on a scalable and optimized architecture, which enables design, IP portability and re-use across all families, as well as provides designers the ability to achieve the appropriate combination of I/O support, performance, feature quantities, packaging and power consumption to address a range of applications. The 7 series devices consist of three families: Virtex-7 FPGAs, including 3D ICs, Kintex-7 FPGAs represent the Company’s mid-range FPGA family, and Artix-7 FPGAs. The Zynq-7000 family is the first family of the Company’s programmable SoCs. There are five devices in the Zynq-7000 SoC family that allow designers to target cost sensitive, as well as high-performance applications from a single platform using industry-standard tools.
40-nm and 45-nm Product Families
The Company’s Virtex-6 FPGA family consists of 13 devices and is the sixth generation in the Virtex series of FPGAs. Virtex-6 FPGAs are fabricated on a high-performance, 40-nm process technology. There are three Virtex-6 families, which include Virtex-6 LXT FPGAs, Virtex-6 SXT FPGAs, and Virtex-6 HXT FPGAs. The Spartan-6 family consists of 11 devices in two product families: Spartan-6 LX FPGAs and Spartan-6 LXT FPGAs.
65-nm Product Families
The Company’s Virtex-5 FPGA family consists of 26 devices in five product families: Virtex-5 LX FPGAs for logic-intensive designs, Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs for high-performance logic with serial connectivity, Virtex-5 SXT FPGAs for high-performance DSP with serial connectivity, Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs for embedded processing with serial connectivity and Virtex-5 TXT FPGAs for high-bandwidth serial connectivity.
Other Product Families
Prior generation Virtex families include Virtex-4, Virtex-II Pro, Virtex-II, Virtex-E and the original Virtex family. Spartan family FPGAs include 90-nm Spartan-3 FPGAs, the Spartan-3E family and the Spartan-3A family. Prior generation Spartan families include Spartan-IIE, Spartan-II, Spartan XL and the original Spartan family. CPLDs operate on the lowest end of the programmable logic density spectrum. CPLDs are single-chip, nonvolatile solutions characterized by instant-on and universal interconnect. Prior generations of CPLDs include the CoolRunner and XC9500 product families.
The Company offers three types of programmable platforms that support its customers’ designs, which includes Base Platform, Domain-Specific Platform, and Market-Specific Platform. The Base Platform is the delivery vehicle for all of its new silicon offerings used to develop and run customer-specific software applications and hardware designs. Base Platform consists of FPGA silicon; Vivado Design Suite design environment; integration support of optional third-party synthesis, simulation, and signal integrity tools; reference designs; development boards and IP. The Domain-Specific Platform targets one of the three primary Xilinx FPGA user profiles: the embedded processing developer; the DSP developer; or the logic/connectivity developer. The Market-Specific Platform enables software or hardware developers to quickly build and run their specific application or solution.
The Company’s Vivado suite hallmarks include an easy-to-use IP-centric design flow and improvement in run times. The Vivado suite supports both Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000, its programmable SoCs. The Integrated Software Environment (ISE) Design Suite, supports Xilinx 7 series FPGAs, programmable SoCs and all previous generation FPGAs, enabling customers to transition to the Vivado Design Suite when the timing is right for their design needs. Both the Vivado Design Suite and ISE Design Suite operate with a range of third-party Electronic Design Automation software point-tools offerings.
The Company offers hundreds of no charge and fee-bearing IP core licenses covering Ethernet, memory controllers, Interlaken and PCIe interface, as well as an abundance of domain-specific IP in the areas of embedded, DSP and connectivity, and market-specific IP cores. In addition, the Company’s products and technology leverage industry standards, such as ARM AMBA AXI-4 interconnect technology, IP-XACT and IEEE P1735 encryption to facilitate plug-and-play FPGA design.
Development Boards, Kits and Configuration Products
The Company offers development kits including hardware, design tools, IP and reference designs that are designed to streamline and accelerate the development of domain-specific and market-specific applications. It offers a range of configuration products including one-time programmable and in-system programmable storage devices to configure Xilinx FPGAs. These PROM (programmable read-only memory) products support all of its FPGA devices.
The Company has developed and continues to offer a robust ecosystem of IP, boards, tools, services and support through the Xilinx alliance program. It also works with third parties to promote its programmable platforms through third-party tools, IP, software, boards and design services.
The Company’s engineering services provide customers with engineering resources to augment their design teams and to provide expert design-specific advice. It tailors its engineering services to the needs of its customers, ranging from hands-on training to full design creation and implementation.
The Company competes with Altera Corporation, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Microsemi Corporation.
2100 Logic Drive,
SAN JOSE CA 95124
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