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Xilinx Ships LXT

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world's leading supplier of programmable solutions, today announced initial shipments of its Virtex(TM)-5 LXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The second of four domain-optimized platforms in the new Virtex-5 family, the LXT platform series is the first FPGA to deliver a hard-coded PCI ExpressR Endpoint and Tri-mode Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) blocks. The Virtex-5 LXT platform also features the industry's lowest power 65-nanometer (nm) transceiver, typically consuming less than 100mW per channel at 3.2 Gbps.

Xilinx has engaged with several customers in its early access program since June of this year. "Agilent's high-end instruments are built for emerging markets and require a SoC platform with high-bandwidth connectivity and the time-to-market advantages of FPGAs," said Mr. M. Heinen, R&D section manager at Agilent, one of a select number of early access customers. "The Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT platform provides us with the system performance we need, along with low-power and high-speed interfacing enabled by the 3.2 Gbps transceivers. Pin compatibility across multiple platforms allows us to scale up our design for future needs."

Triple Play Drives Mainstream Adoption

The Virtex-5 LXT platform addresses the challenging bandwidth, power and cost targets facing equipment vendors working to enable the emerging 'triple play' services market (voice, video and data over single broadband Internet Protocol connection). The new platform is optimized to enable FPGA designers across a wide range of applications to benefit from serial connectivity by delivering a comprehensive, fully compliant protocol solution with the greatest ease of use.

"What started in the communication segment to improve bandwidth, cost and scalability is now becoming an industry-wide migration from parallel to serial interfaces across many applications within wired/wireless, video, storage, servers and consumer. A one-size-fits-all FPGA approach is no longer sufficient," said Steve Douglass, vice president of Product Development at Xilinx. "The Virtex-5 LXT platform is the first of several high-speed serial platforms to be offered in the Virtex-5 family. The LXT platform is aimed at the large number of serial connectivity applications ranging from 100 Mbps to 3.2 Gbps."

Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX)

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