Italtel Uses Xilinx Virtex FPGAs to Deliver Cost Effective Data and Voice Integration Solution

10/10/2002 - Xilinx announced that Italtel, a Milan based leading provider of new-generation integrated multi-service networks, selected the industry's leading Platform FPGA family, the Xilinx® Virtex-IITM Series, to satisfy the cost and time-to-market requirements of its new generation iMSS (Italtel Multi Service Solution) Public Switching System. Italtel selected Xilinx FPGAs over a traditional ASIC because of its versatility and cost effectiveness. As a result, Italtel reduced overall product development costs by avoiding NRE charges typical in an ASIC solution, and delivered their product to market ahead of the competition. By using Xilinx programmable chips, instead of an ASIC, Italtel maintains a flexible and scalable solution.

"Public switching is developing in many different ways throughout international territories," said Alberto Biancalana, head of Hardware Platforms at Italtel, Milan. "Xilinx FPGAs were critical in our ability to deliver a cost-effective flexible solution, capable of addressing unique geographic requirements."

Xilinx Virtex-II series devices have fundamentally redefined the programmable logic landscape, propelling FPGAs from the realm of logic into the realm of high performance programmable systems. The on-board reprogrammability and high-performance features of the Xilinx devices enabled Italtel designers to optimize performance to the specific application requirements.

"The broad adoption of our Virtex-II family in a wide range of high performance, cost sensitive applications such as Italtel's, demonstrates the increasing market demand for programmable devices that deliver ASIC-level functionality and performance on a proven silicon platform that affords a greater level of flexibility and cost-effectiveness," said Sandeep Vij, vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Xilinx. "In today's economy, Xilinx FPGAs are the ideal solution to bring tomorrow's programmable system designs to market."

About Xilinx Virtex-II Platform FPGAs
The Xilinx Virtex-II Platform FPGA family delivers the highest performance and highest density of any programmable logic solution available. The innovative Virtex-II IP-Immersion architecture enables integration of both hard and soft intellectual property (IP), enhanced system memory, and lightning-fast DSP performance, providing the best platform for advanced digital designs in the industry. With densities ranging from 40,000 to eight million-system gates, Virtex-II solutions are empowered by advanced design tools that reduce development time through fast design, powerful synthesis, smart implementation algorithms, and efficient verification capabilities.

About Italtel
Italtel is one of the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications networks. Its core business is the design, development and implementation of integrated voice/data networks, based on its own multiservices platform, and the offer of network business services. Its solutions are intended for companies such as traditional carriers, new operators, Internet Service Providers and major corporations. Italtel has 80 years experience in the design of communication systems, and maintains its leadership position as a developer of networks integrating diverse elements (access, transport, switching, routers) through network know-how and systems integration competencies. The company has about 3,600 employees, of whom 46 percent work in leading-edge ICT research areas: broadband networks, voice/data integration and advanced network management systems.

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic and programmable system solutions.

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