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XILINX UNVEILS VIRTEX-II PRO XC2VP100 PLATFORM FPGA.

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), San Jose, Calif., has unveiled the world's highest capacity field programmable gate array (FPGA) with 430 million transistors --the Virtex-II Pro XC2VP100 Platform FPGA. The XC2VP100 represents the ninth Virtex-II Pro device being shipped today. With over 10,000 worldwide customer engagements, the entire Virtex-II Pro family has seen rapid adoption in a wide-range of applications in the communications, networking, storage, instrumentation, and consumer markets.

Benchmarked at over one-third faster than any competitive offering, the device represents the highest capacity, highest performance FPGA available today. The new device is manufactured on 130nm, 10-layer copper CMOS technology on 300mm wafers and delivers 100K logic cells, 8 Megabits of embedded synchronous block RAM, over 400 18x18 DSP multipliers, and over 1,000 SelectIO pins.

"Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs provided the ideal design platform for our high-performance product designs. The capacity, performance, and industry- leading device features enabled significant leaps in our product capabilities, while at the same time enabling dramatic time-to-market advantage and reduced development costs," said Mike Witkowski, chief technology officer at MaXXan Systems, a developer of next- generation storage networking infrastructure.

The XC2VP100 device features 20 independent 3.125 Gbps serial transceivers, providing an unprecedented 125Gbps of aggregate serial bandwidth -- the highest of any programmable logic device. Combined with Xilinx's extensive intellectual property (IP) library, the new device supports serial connectivity standards such as PCI-Express, FibreChannel, Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, SerialATA, and Aurora(TM). Additionally, the device delivers over 1000 DMIPS of embedded compute power, enabled by two immersed PowerPC(R) RISC processors.

As a platform for advanced processor-based SOC designs, the entire Virtex- II Pro family is the first and only FPGA line fully supported by leading embedded operating systems such as VXWorks, MontaVista Linux, QNX, and NetBSD. The family is also supported by a comprehensive set of IP, software and hardware development systems, including the CoreConnect(TM) on-chip interconnect system, over 100 unique IP cores and reference designs, GNU C Compilers and Debuggers, ChipScopePRO On-Chip Logic Analysis and Bus Analysis tools, and hardware development systems including the ML300 series of Embedded Processing Development Systems.

"This comprehensive set of silicon, tools, and IP enables unprecedented system design capabilities in a programmable, off-the-shelf logic chip -- capabilities which used to be the exclusive domain of high-end ASIC design teams," said Erich Goetting, vice president and general manager of the Advanced Products Division at Xilinx. "With Virtex-II Pro devices like the XC2VP100, customers can radically reduce the cost, time, and risk of developing products, when compared to products developed through high-end ASIC approaches which are plagued by high NREs, mask costs, and long development times."

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Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions.

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