FPGA Designers Rate Xilinx Number One in the Industry

7/13/2004 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world's leading programmable logic supplier, announced the company took top honors as premier FPGA EDA tool vendor in a survey conducted by Electronic Engineering Times (EETimes), part of CMP Media LLC. Xilinx® earned the highest ranking among respondents, taking the number one slot in all the major categories covering the most important criteria in selecting an FPGA EDA tool vendor. In addition, Xilinx rated number one in measures of user satisfaction and loyalty. The findings serve as a strong testament to the company's commitment to bring best-in-class design tools technology, support and services to handle today's complex system designs.

"Seeing designers choose us as the top FPGA vendor across all categories is very gratifying and encouraging because the results show we are on the right path," said Rich Sevcik, executive vice president, Programmable Logic Solutions Group at Xilinx. "Xilinx invests far more in FPGA EDA tools research and development, before- and after-sales design support, customer training and design services than anyone else in the industry. On behalf of all the employees at Xilinx, we are grateful to EETimes for conducting the survey and thankful to the respondents for validating our strategy."

Measuring Customer Satisfaction with the Total Design Solution
Top of mind with respondents is a robust feature set for FPGA design (EEdesign, "Xilinx Tops Ranks of FPGA and EDA Vendors," http://www.eedesign.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=21401766). According to Sevcik, the finding aligns with the company's mission of helping customers solve tough design challenges.

"We've evolved as a solutions company rather than remaining just a chip provider by taking FPGA-based design to new levels through innovation and partnership. This is accomplished through solutions that combine ease of use that speeds designers through the bottlenecks of the design and tool flow with push-button performance to improve overall productivity," added Sevcik.

Categories in the survey reflected the comprehensiveness required of an FPGA EDA solution, including:

Important indicators included:

Tools Offer Lowest Cost, Highest Performance and Greatest Ease-of-Use
The combination of a robust, easy-to-use design environment with Xilinx FPGAs allows digital designers to complete high-performance projects faster. This includes the ISE design environment, the fastest, most complete integrated family of FPGA design tools; ChipScope Pro tool for real-time system debugging and verification; and the Embedded Development Kit, a complete integrated development environment with software tools, system wizards and intellectual property. Xilinx also offers the System Generator for DSP enabling designers to model and implement high-performance DSP systems while reducing development time and cost. More information about FPGA design tools from Xilinx is available at: http://www.xilinx.com/products/design_resources/design_tool/index.htm

Xilinx Experiencing Strong Growth in Programmable Logic
Xilinx continued to capture share of the worldwide ASIC market segment. Based on calendar 2003 revenues, Xilinx estimates it is now the third largest ASIC company worldwide. This is up from seventh largest five years ago - according to Gartner Dataquest. Additionally the market segment share for Xilinx PLDs increased to 50 percent in calendar 2003 - according to Gartner Dataquest. This is up from 49 percent in calendar 2002 and up from 30 percent five years ago. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Xilinx has increased its share of the PLD market segment and underscores the increasing importance of Xilinx PLDs to electronic designers throughout the world.

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

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