Xilinx is the world's leading provider of complete programmable logic solutions. Xilinx develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of advanced integrated circuits, software design tools and IP (Intellectual Property) cores as predefined system-level functions. Customers use Xilinx and its partners' automated software tools and IP verification to program the device to complete specific logic operations. Xilinx was founded in 1984. Xilinx pioneered the innovative technology of Field Programmable Logic Array (FPGA), and launched commercial products for the first time in 1985. Xilinx currently meets more than half of the world's demand for FPGA products.
The Xilinx product line also includes complex programmable logic devices (CPLD). In some control applications, CPLD is usually faster than FPGA, but it provides fewer logic resources. The Xilinx programmable logic solution shortens the time for electronic device manufacturers to develop products and accelerates the speed of products to market, thereby reducing the manufacturer's risk. Compared with traditional methods such as fixed logic gate arrays, Xilinx programmable devices allow customers to design and verify their circuits faster. Moreover, because Xilinx devices are standard components that only need to be programmed, customers do not need to wait for samples or pay huge costs as when using fixed logic chips. Xilinx products have been widely used in digital electronic applications ranging from wireless phone base stations to DVD players. Traditional semiconductor companies have only a few hundred customers, while Xilinx has more than 7,500 customers and more than 50,000 design starts worldwide. Its customers include Alcatel, Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Nortel, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, Oracle and Toshiba.
Xilinx, headquartered in San Jose, California, is a NASDAQ listed company under the code XLNX. Xilinx has approximately 2,600 employees worldwide, of which approximately half are software development engineers. Despite the slow economic development and the weak development of the technology sector, Xilinx's fiscal revenue was stable in the 2003 fiscal year. Xilinx is currently widely regarded as the best-managed and financially sound high-tech company in the semiconductor industry. In Fortune Magazine's 2003 "100 Best Companies to Work for" rankings, Xilinx ranked first, and is widely regarded as the best-managed and financially sound high-tech company in the semiconductor industry. The San Francisco Chronicle also selected Xilinx as one of the top fifty companies in Silicon Valley to work for. Xilinx is ranked among the top 50 companies in the Business Week S&P500 and was named one of the 400 best large companies by Forbes magazine. Two Xilinx customers, Cisco and Lucent, chose Xilinx as their company's annual supplier.
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