Memec Design's Virtex-II Pro Development Kit Expedites Evaluation of the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro Family

6/28/2002 - Xilinx, Inc and Memec Design today introduced a complete solution for developing programmable systems designs and applications based on the new high performance, industry-leading Xilinx Virtex-II™ Pro FPGA family. The Memec Design Virtex-II Pro Development Kit allows designers to quickly investigate the embedded PowerPC™ processor and multi-gigabit serial transceivers included in Virtex-II Pro FPGAs. The low cost, easy to use reference platform is the first development kit offered that supports the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA, and is available from these regional divisions of The Memec Group: Insight in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe; Impact in Europe and the United Kingdom; and Memec in Japan. For more information about Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA solutions, visit

"With the introduction of the Virtex-II Pro Development Kit, Memec offers an advanced programmable systems design platform for hardware and software engineers interested in the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro solution," said Jim Beneke, director of Technical Marketing at Insight. "This kit provides all the necessary features required for implementing the Rocket I/O™ serial transceivers and PowerPC processor in an easy to use design platform."

The Memec Design kit includes either the Virtex-II Pro 2VP4 or 2VP7 FPGA; four Rocket I/O transceivers, SDRAM, a SystemACE™ module interface; Memec Design's P160 expansion slot, an LCD display; and other supporting circuits. The kit also includes the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro Development Kit CD, which contains a GNU-based software suite, and system configuration tools. Xilinx ISE software, programming cable and SystemACE module are available as kit options.

"The recent expansion of the Virtex-II Pro family will enable the creation of next generation system designs, programmable systems, at previously unattainable price points," stated Erich Goetting, vice president and general manager of the Advanced Products Division at Xilinx "With the Memec Design Virtex-II Pro Development Kit, users can easily evaluate the advanced features of the Virtex-II Pro devices and speed their design concepts to production."

Price and Availability
Available for order now from Insight and Impact, Memec Design's Virtex-II Pro Development Kit starts at $1795 for the 2VP4 version and $1895 for the 2VP7. For more information on this and other Xilinx design kits available from Memec Design, call 888-488-4133, ext. 110 (toll free), or go to

About The Memec Group
The Memec Group, a global semiconductor distributor, encompasses multiple divisions, Impact, Insight and Unique. Each division focuses on a finite number of supplier partners, thus enabling superior product knowledge and unparalleled demand creation capabilities. Although each Memec division operates independently, they all utilize Memec United, the global EMS services division, Memec Design, the global design and engineering division, and a central logistics structure to offer original equipment manufacturers complete semiconductor solutions. Located throughout 42 countries, The Memec Group collectively represents over 200 developers and manufacturers of advanced semiconductors and intellectual property. With recent start-ups and acquisitions in Japan and Europe, Memec continues to expand its presence to emerging key areas of the global semiconductor market.

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions. Additional information about Xilinx is available at

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