Xilinx Ships Industy's First FPGA-Based Solution for Hypertransport Applications

7/16/2002 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced the immediate availability of its new HyperTransport™ single-ended slave intellectual property (IP) cores for use with the company's Virtex®-II Platform FPGAs. Now, designers of networking and storage systems have an off-the-shelf, flexible solution that supports HyperTransport interface requirement. The Xilinx® HyperTransport core and other Xilinx Platform FPGA SystemIO solutions creates an ultimate connectivity platform, helping customers to preserve their investment in legacy designs by seamlessly bridging between new and mature interfaces such a HyperTransport to Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI).

"The new Xilinx HyperTransport FPGA-based solution will further accelerate the adoption of HyperTransport I/O technology," said Gabriele Sartori, president of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. "Designers can build an extremely fast connection that complements existing popular bus standards such as the PCI, as well as emerging serial technologies such as Gigabit Ethernet."

The new cores can also be used to achieve applications such as a 4-port HyperTransport switch, and packet processing, high-end SSL security content processing through interfacing with third-party network processors.

"We welcome Xilinx FPGA products to the HyperTransport Consortium infrastructure family," said Tom Riordan, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's MIPS Processor Division. "By combining off-the-shelf and standard HyperTransport interfaces with devices such as PMC-Sierra's RM9000x2 integrated processor, OEM customers gain increased design flexibility as well as high speed access to the datapath in networking applications."

Rina Raman, director of the Advanced Product Division Application Engineering at Xilinx, will present details on the Xilinx solution during the HyperTransport technical track session at the Platform Conference on July 17, 2002. More details regarding this session can be found at http://www.xilinx.com/events/tradeshows/plat_conf2002.htm

Xilinx HyperTransport Solution
HyperTransport is a high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point interconnect technology designed to enable the PC, communication and networking devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with existing technologies. As a contributor member of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium, Xilinx worked closely with the consortium to deliver a solution that is fully compliant with the HyperTransport electrical and protocol specifications. The solution includes the 800Mbps single-ended slave core, and reference designs for the configurable address decode, configuration status register logic, and reset module.

The Ultimate Connectivity Platform
Today's news emphasizes Xilinx's commitment to provide its customers with the ultimate connectivity platform and interface solutions for bridging parallel and serial interfaces. Customers can preserve their legacy interface investments by leveraging Xilinx's wide range of leading-edge system interconnect solutions.

License Price and Availability
The HyperTransport single-ended core is available as LogiCORE™ products under the terms of the SignOnce IP license and is downloadable via the web at http://www.xilinx.com/hypertransport. The site license price for the HyperTransport core is $25,000. This core is available for use in Virtex-II Platform FPGAs and 4.2i SP3 or later versions of Xilinx software are required.

About Next Week's Metro-Optical Networking Forum
HyperTransport consortium will be demonstrating its technology in the upcoming Metro-Optical Networking Forum. Xilinx, along with other industry leaders, will also host a free one-day event on July 25, 2002 in Santa Clara, Calif., to address the challenges of designing and developing products for the metro area and edge access networks. Industry leaders and visionaries will provide attendees with a compelling view of the future of where this dynamic market is headed, giving them a firsthand look at key technologies and product solutions that will drive success in the MAN market place. For additional information regarding event location and agenda, go to http://www.xilinx.com/metro

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

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