36 Facts About Xilinx


Xilinx, Inc was an American technology and semiconductor company that primarily supplied programmable logic devices.

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Xilinx was known for inventing the first commercially viable field-programmable gate array and creating the first fabless manufacturing model.

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Xilinx was co-founded by Ross Freeman, Bernard Vonderschmitt, and James V Barnett II in 1984 and the company went public on the NASDAQ in 1990.

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Xilinx was founded in Silicon Valley in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, USA, with additional offices in Longmont, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Singapore; Hyderabad, India; Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Brisbane, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.

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Xilinx sells a broad range of FPGAs, complex programmable logic devices, design tools, intellectual property and reference designs.

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Xilinx moved to a 144, 000-square-foot plant in San Jose, California, to handle increasingly large orders from HP, Apple Inc, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

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Xilinx then adapted the technology to combine formerly separate components in a single chip, first combining an FPGA with transceivers based on heterogeneous process technology to boost bandwidth capacity while using less power.

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In July 2018, Xilinx acquired DeepPhi Technology, a Chinese machine learning startup founded in 2016.

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Also in November 2018, Xilinx announced that Dell EMC was the first server vendor to qualify its Alveo U200 accelerator card, used to accelerate key HPC and other workloads with select Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

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Xilinx refused to reply until a video outlining the legal threat was published, after which they sent an apology e-mail.

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In June 2019, Xilinx announced that it was shipping its first Versal chips.

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On October 1, 2019, Xilinx announced the launch of Vitis, a unified software platform that helps developers take advantage of hardware adaptability.

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In 2019, Xilinx exceeded $3 billion in annual revenues for the first time, announcing revenues of $3.

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In September 2020, Xilinx announced its new chipset, the T1 Telco Accelerator card, that can be used for units running on an open RAN 5G network.

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In December 2020, Xilinx announced they were acquiring the assets of Falcon Computing Systems to enhance the Vitis platform.

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Xilinx sells both FPGAs and CPLDs for electronic equipment manufacturers in end markets such as communications, industrial, consumer, automotive and data processing.

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Xilinx's FPGAs have been used for the ALICE at the CERN European laboratory on the French-Swiss border to map and disentangle the trajectories of thousands of subatomic particles.

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Xilinx has engaged in a partnership with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate to develop FPGAs to withstand the damaging effects of radiation in space, which are 1, 000 times less sensitive to space radiation than the commercial equivalent, for deployment in new satellites.

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Main design toolkit Xilinx provides engineers is the Vivado Design Suite, an integrated design environment with a system-to-IC level tools built on a shared scalable data model and a common debug environment.

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Xilinx's Embedded Developer's Kit supports the embedded PowerPC 405 and 440 cores (in Virtex-II Pro and some Virtex-4 and -5 chips) and the Microblaze core.

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Xilinx is the only FPGA vendor to distribute a native Linux freeware synthesis toolchain.

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Xilinx announced the architecture for a new ARM Cortex-A9-based platform for embedded systems designers, that combines the software programmability of an embedded processor with the hardware flexibility of an FPGA.

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In October 2011, Xilinx shipped the first FPGA to use the new technology, the Virtex-7 2000T FPGA, which includes 6.

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In January 2011, Xilinx acquired design tool firm AutoESL Design Technologies and added System C high-level design for its 6- and 7-series FPGA families.

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In July 2019, Xilinx acquired NGCodec, developers of FPGA accelerated video encoders for video streaming, cloud gaming and cloud mixed reality services.

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In May 2020, Xilinx installed its first Adaptive Compute Cluster at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

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Xilinx provides two CPLD lines: the CoolRunner and the 9500 series.

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In June 2010, Xilinx introduced the Xilinx 7 series: the Virtex-7, Kintex-7, and Artix-7 families, promising improvements in system power, performance, capacity, and price.

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In May 2017, Xilinx expanded the 7 Series with the production of the Spartan-7 family.

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In Dec, 2013, Xilinx introduced the UltraScale series: Virtex UltraScale and Kintex UltraScale families.

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In 2011, Xilinx began shipping sample quantities of the Virtex-7 2000T "3D FPGA", which combines four smaller FPGAs into a single package by placing them on a special silicon interconnection pad to deliver 6.

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In July, 2020 Xilinx made the latest addition to their Kintex family, 'KU19P FPGA' which delivers more logic fabric and embedded memory.

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In 2013, Xilinx introduced the Zynq-7100, which integrates digital signal processing to meet emerging programmable systems integration requirements of wireless, broadcast, medical and military applications.

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Xilinx's goal was to reduce the barriers to adoption of FPGAs for accelerated compute-intensive datacenter workloads.

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In July 2021, Xilinx debuted the Versal HBM, which combines the network interface of the platform with HBM2e memory to alleviate data bottlenecking.

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Xilinx joined the Fortune ranks of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2001 as No 14, rose to No 6 in 2002 and rose again to No 4 in 2003.

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