4/21/2004 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world leader in programmable logic (PLD), announced it has achieved TL 9000 Registration for Product Category 8.1 (Components) making Xilinx the only PLD supplier in the semiconductor industry to receive the telecommunications industry's premier quality management system registration. The TL 9000 standard enables stakeholders throughout the telecommunications supply chain to reduce overall costs and increase competitiveness through standardization of quality system requirements worldwide. The reportable performance metrics found in TL 9000 provide a balanced set of measures and a system to communicate and track results. This allows improved product and service quality and streamlined documentation.
Xilinx joins the ranks of industry leaders including Cisco, Fujitsu, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks and many other global organizations with TL 9000 registrations. Xilinx' TL 9000 Product Category 8.1 Registration encompasses its corporate headquarters in San Jose, California as well as the European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. The registration demonstrates that the processes involved in the design, manufacture and testing of the Company's programmable logic devices adhere to the quality system requirements of TL 9000. The quality standard registration requires a third-party registrar to confirm implementation of TL 9000 standards and subsequent continued compliance.
The QuEST (Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications) Forum, a consortium of telecommunications suppliers and service providers, developed TL 9000 in 1999 using the framework of the ISO 9000 international standard as a basis. TL 9000 is the world's first telecommunications industry standard to define requirements for quality management systems and provide members with a set of performance-based measurements used in determining "best-in-class" performance rankings for industry products and services.
"Quality processes and systems are the backbone of Xilinx' leadership in the products and services we deliver to a broad range of industries. We are particularly pleased to have achieved this milestone," said Dr. Evert Wolsheimer, vice president of Quality and Reliability for Xilinx. "Achieving TL 9000 registration, in addition to ISO 9001:2000, QML and ISO 14001:1996, is a testament to the robust quality management infrastructure in place at Xilinx and reinforces our commitment to bringing the benefits of all these efforts to our global customer base."
The communications industry represents roughly half of Xilinx' revenues, and the Company provides its programmable logic solutions to the leading companies in this market segment. Because of the competitive price/performance benefits and flexible nature of its architecture, Xilinx products can also be found in a wide range of systems for high-speed networking, broadband, wireless, wireline and other high growth communications segments where quality, reliability and flexibility are critical.
For more information on the QuEST Forum and TL 9000, go to: http://questforum.asq.org. A complete listing of Xilinx' certifications is available at: http://www.xilinx.com/products/quality/certifications.htm.
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.
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