Xilinx Offers Free CoolRunner-II Design Kit in Effort to Further Develop Emerging CPLD Markets

11/13/2002 - Xilinx announced the CoolRunner-II Design Kit, a complete solution for developing programmable logic designs and applications based on the industry's only RealDigital CPLD. Xilinx is offering the kit free of charge to qualified customers. The announcement further supports the company's initiative to assume a leadership position and increase its penetration in the $44.4 billion dollar information appliance industry*.

As the leader in programmable logic solutions, Xilinx has aggressively stepped up its presence in the highly competitive CPLD market segment this year. Since the January introduction of its CoolRunner-II RealDigital CPLD line of high-performance low-power chips, Xilinx has seen a dramatic shift toward their industry leading 1.8V CPLD solutions. Xilinx expects to further demonstrate their superior solution through the free design kit and continue to win over the designers of today's information appliances such as PDAs, smart phones, digital cameras, home audio, Internet gaming and wireless devices.

"Our new design kit offers a complete evaluation platform for engineers interested in a programmable solution," said Evert Wolsheimer, vice president and general manager of the CPLD division at Xilinx. "By combining our free design kit with the most technologically advanced silicon, software, and IP, Xilinx is enabling the creation of next-generation programmable system designs at previously unattainable price points."

The CoolRunner-II Design Kit makes it easy for designers to quickly investigate the various advanced features of the CoolRunner-II RealDigital CPLDs and experience real-time the advantages of designing with programmable logic versus traditional ASIC architecture. The design kit includes a CoolRunner-II evaluation board, software, programming cable and all required documentation. In addition to their high-performance and ultra-low-power advantages, Xilinx CoolRunner-II CPLDs offer the highest I/O count per macrocell, the widest range of packages, and are cost optimized to address the increasing demands of today's system designer.

Pricing and Availability
The Xilinx CoolRunner-II Design Kit is available free to qualified customers through the Xilinx worldwide distributor base. The kit can also be purchased direct from Xilinx for $49.99 through the online store.

* IDC, June 15, 2001, Forecast and Analysis of the Worldwide Information Appliance Market, 2000-2005

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