Xilinx Names New VP, General Manager of CPLD Division

5/30/2003 - Xilinx, Inc. announced the appointment of industry veteran Patrick Little as vice president and general manager of its CPLD (complex programmable logic devices) division. Little will play an instrumental role in continuing to drive rapid adoption of Xilinx's CPLD solutions worldwide, assuming responsibility for all aspects of CPLD product design, operations, product planning and marketing. Little brings more than 15 years experience in the semiconductor industry to Xilinx, replacing Dr. Evert Wolsheimer, who now serves in the newly created position of vice president of quality and reliability.

"Xilinx has experienced widespread market share growth in the CPLD market segment over the past few years, thanks in part to the dedication of Evert Wolsheimer and his team," said Wim Roelandts, president and CEO at Xilinx. "Patrick has the right blend of operating experience, strategic leadership skills, and industry know-how to effectively propel our CPLD solutions into a leadership position in the global marketplace."

About Xilinx CPLDs
Xilinx CoolRunner® CPLDs combine very low power with high speed, high density, and high I/O counts in a single device. The latest CoolRunner-II CPLD family, operating at 1.8 volts, uses second-generation Fast Zero PowerTM (FZP) design technology to provide the best performance with the lowest possible power consumption. CoolRunner-II CPLDs feature a 100 percent digital core, advanced system features support for multiple advanced I/O standards, including LVCMOS, HSTL, and SSTL, over 300MHz performance, and a standby current of less than 100 micro amps. CoolRunner-II CPLDs are available in densities ranging from 32 to 512 macrocells.

Xilinx low cost XC9500 CPLDs offer device densities ranging from 36 to 288 macrocells, with versions that operate at 5-volt, 3.3-volt and soon 2.5-volts. XC9500 CPLDs supports ISP, or in-system programming, allowing manufacturers to perform unlimited design iterations during the prototyping phase, extensive system in-board debugging, program and test during manufacturing, and field upgrades. Based on advanced flash memory technology, the XC9500 family provides fast, guaranteed timing, superior pin locking, a full JTAG compliant interface, and 10,000 programming cycles.

Little joins Xilinx from Sigma Communications, Inc., a wireless semiconductor company, where he was president and CEO. Prior to Sigma Communications, Little served as president and CEO at Believe, Inc., a computer graphics IC company. Throughout his career, Little held various management positions at Rendition, Inc., Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc., Trident Microsystems, Inc., and Opti, Inc. Little earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University and completed postgraduate work in finance and marketing at UC Berkeley.

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

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