VDO Dayton MP3 CD Tuner Uses World's Lowest Cost FPGA from Xilinx for New Auto Entertainment System

11/8/2002 - Xilinx announced that Siemens VDO Trading GmbH, a worldwide leader in developing innovative automotive electronic products, selected Xilinx Spartan-II FPGAs for its latest VDO Dayton automotive entertainment system. The VDO Dayton CD 4802 offers an integrated entertainment system including a CD tuner with integrated MP3, 3D display, internal amplifier, and hands free phone in. Xilinx will be highlighting the VDO Dayton unit at the Electronica trade fair, November 12-15, in Hall C2, stand A13, Messe Munchen GmbH.

The CD 4802 system incorporates a multitude of intelligent features including dash-mounted control/display unit and car speaker system, providing hands free phone support, parking distance warnings, and car computer functions such as trip data, navigational information and safety notices. The Xilinx FPGAs are utilized to provide key driver and audio control functions for the high-end system, including memory interface and bridging between the CD drive and on-board processor. Siemens VDO is among the growing number of companies using Xilinx FPGAs to gain a competitive advantage in the telematics market.

"In-car entertainment systems are being driven by consumer demand for more powerful communication features and extensive controls, integrated with traditional features of an MP3 CD system," explains Torsten Scherf, vice president of product management and planning at Siemens VDO Trading GmbH. "Flexibility is key when designing in-car systems. Xilinx low cost FPGAs allowed us to stay ahead of our competition by getting to market first."

"Increasingly, Xilinx is being recognized as a leader in providing low cost silicon solutions for the automotive and consumer industry," said Robert Bielby, senior director of Strategic Solutions at Xilinx. "Siemen’s innovative use of Spartan-II FPGAs is a prime example of our penetration into the growing telematics market."

About Xilinx Spartan-II FPGAs
Since introducing Spartan FPGAs more than four years ago, Xilinx has delivered four generations of devices, offering customers a low cost, programmable alternative to ASICs without NRE costs. The company is on track to deliver a fifth generation of the Spartan Series in 2003, reaching even higher densities at significantly lower price points. With all family members shipping today using 300mm wafer technology, the Spartan-II series is delivering the lowest system cost solution in the industry today, and is the only true ASIC alterative FPGA solution available. For designs requiring the full automotive temperature range Xilinx recently released the IQ devices consisting of CPLDs and FPGAs qualified from –40 C to +125 C.

Xilinx Online Resource for Automotive Telematics Design
In addition to providing low-cost silicon and software solutions for the automotive telematics market, Xilinx eSP (www.xilinx.com/esp) is a proven online resource for engineers, with four million visits since its introduction early last year. The automotive telematics design segment on the eSP Web portal is dedicated to accelerating the development of products for this growing market. The site is a comprehensive resource, delivering a powerful array of solutions and information in a single location.

About Siemens VDO Automotive
Siemens VDO Automotive is one of the world’s leading suppliers of electronics to the automotive industry. In 2001, Siemens VDO Automotive generated sales of EUR 5.7 billion with 45,000 employees. With the product brands VDO, VDO Dayton, and Siemens VDO, the company’s product and services portfolio ranges from navigation, car multimedia, and sophisticated car audio systems, to tachnographs, fleet management systems, spare part service for end of production vehicles, and special OEM series for industrial and marine applications.

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

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