3/5/2003 - Xilinx, Inc., (NASDAQ: XLNX) the world's leading provider of programmable IC and programmable system solutions, designated Ireland as its European Headquarters as the company opened a new €52 million expansion to its advanced R&D, design and operations centre in Dublin.
Ms. Mary Harney, T.D., Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, officially opened the new facility, together with the Xilinx president and chief executive officer, Wim Roelandts in Dublin.
Xilinx, which currently employs 340 in Ireland, designs and produces highly complex semiconductor chips capable of being programmed individually for use in a wide range of electronic systems. The company also develops and provides the software tools necessary to programme these chips as well as predefined system functions that customers load as software into Xilinx programmable logic devices.
The developments confirm the company's expansion intentions announced in Dublin two years ago. Xilinx reiterated its commitment to continue its workforce expansion over the next five years.
Mr. Paul McCambridge, vice president and managing director of Xilinx Ireland confirmed that recruitment for the new roles has already started.
"We have persevered with our strategic development plans in spite of difficult global market conditions," said Roelandts. "Further growth of our advanced centre in Dublin will afford Xilinx major flexibility, capacity and presence throughout Europe as business conditions improve in the future. Our strategy will continue to focus on further investments in R&D, sophisticated new processes and highly skilled personnel."
Xilinx also announced today plans to establish an international technical support centre in Dublin. The move follows a decision to locate strategic marketing operations in Dublin, which will employ senior management executives in priority functions. Key European global account managers responsible for the complete customer relationship will also be based in Ireland. Dublin's role as the company's European data hub, servicing the information processing requirements of all major Xilinx operations in Europe, will also be further expanded.
"Our programmable logic devices are instrumental in the development of new information and communication technologies throughout the world, with applications ranging from consumer electronics through to mission critical systems. We are ready to lead these developments with the advanced, proven technologies electronic manufacturers need to achieve a competitive advantage in their own end markets," said McCambridge.
300mm Process a First for Ireland
Xilinx has also become the first semiconductor company in Ireland and among the first in the world to pioneer the use of 300mm (0.13 micron) silicon wafer technology. This represents the leading wafer fabrication technology available in the semiconductor industry today. A team of engineers at Xilinx Ireland contributed to the design of Xilinx first 300mm based products.
Xilinx semiconductor and software solutions, coupled with the availability of professional design services, enable customers to reduce significantly the time required to develop products for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial control, instrumentation, aerospace, defence and consumer markets.
The European marketplace currently accounts for 21 percent of Xilinx worldwide revenues. Approximately 50 percent of the company's total revenues are currently achieved within the broad ranging communications sector, 24 percent in storage and server systems and 26 percent in consumer and other applications. In the past twelve months, Xilinx invested over US$ 208 million in the research and development of new technologies - an area in which over 30 percent of the company's employees work. The company holds over 800 patents from its inventions.
Xilinx is the world's leading supplier of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as intellectual property cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. The company employs over 2,500 people worldwide including Ireland.
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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