Xilinx Ramps up Production of Spartan-3 90nm FPGA Devices

8/31/2004 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced it is shipping five members of its Spartan-3 family in volume production to over 1200 customers worldwide, including the XC3S50, XC3S200, XC3S400, XC3S1000 and XC3S1500 devices. The Spartan-3 family is the only 90nm FPGA family in production and is the highest density and lowest cost FPGA family in its class. Already, more than 3,000 Spartan-3 development kits are in customer hands for a broad range of low-cost consumer electronics, industrial, data processing and communications applications.

"Because Xilinx has gone to production with 90nm technology potentially a full year ahead of the FPGA industry, our customers are benefiting from the world's lowest cost FPGA family today," said Kapil Shankar, senior director of the General Products Division at Xilinx. ""The tremendous I/O and logic cost advantages of Spartan-3 FPGAs have led to record demand for the family."

Platform Features for Low Cost, High Volume Applications
The 90nm Spartan-3 platform is the world's lowest-cost FPGA offering unrivaled price points with more density and performance features than any other device in its class. They feature an industry-leading combination of block and distributed RAM, up to 784 I/Os, MicroBlaze 32-bit RISC soft processors and XtremeDSP functionality with dedicated 18x18 multipliers that deliver up to 330 billion multiply and accumulates (MACs) per second. Additionally, Spartan-3 devices support 24 leading I/O standards, including PCI, DDR, LVDS and RSDS.

The Spartan-3 Starter Kit is an easy-to-use, low cost development system that provides instant access to the complete platform capabilities of the Spartan-3 family. The $99 kit provides all the elements needed to develop, debug and complete a design, including software, JTAG programming cables and training material.

Pricing and Availability
The XC3S50, XC3S200, and XC3S400 Spartan-3 devices with 50,000, 200,000, and 400,000 system gates respectively are available for less than $6.50 USD. The XC3S1000 Spartan-3 device with one million system gates is available for under $12.00* and the XC3S1500 with 1.5 million system gates is available for under $20.00. These devices are available from distributors worldwide or direct from Xilinx at www.xilinx.com/spartan. Priced at just $99 USD the Spartan-3 Starter Kit is immediately available through authorized Xilinx distributors or direct from the Xilinx online store. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com/s3boards.

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

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