Xilinx, Inc. (ticker: XLNX, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
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Xilinx and Partners to demonstrate internet-based design at DACRemote teams collaborate on complex designs
using Internet Team Design (ITD) technology
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 17, 1999—Continuing with its Silicon Xpresso initiative,
Xilinx, Inc., (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced its Alliance partners will
show their support for its Internet Team Design (ITD) technology with real-time
demonstrations at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in June.
ITD technology leverages Java language to combine Xilinx design implementation
tools and the Internet for remote design teams to work together effectively
on today's large, complex FPGA designs. As part of the demonstration, users
will access the ITD web site from the Alliance partner booths using a web
browser. For the first time, designers will be able to utilize the power
of this technology by creating design modules using any entry method at
the Alliance Partner booths and sending them over the Internet to the Xilinx
booth where results will be compiled and the design completed. Demonstrations
will be available at Xilinx booth (#2532), Exemplar booth (#1842), Synopsys
booth (#1215) and Synplicity booth (#2032).
Xilinx is the first programmable logic vendor to provide this infrastructure
for organizing and coordinating multiple modules, integrating a variety
of files, and linking multiple design projects that have been created by
design teams and individuals working in different locales. ITD technology
differs from other team-based design environments in its platform independence
and use of standard web browsers as a design interface, eliminating a learning
The size and use of programmable logic has been expanding rapidly and
creating new challenges for design teams. These challenges include large
and complex designs, multiple design inputs, from schematic to HDL, and
remote locations of the designers. ITD technology addresses these challenges
through internet-based communication; multiple input integration (including
VHDL, Verilog, schematics and cores); and design coordination through an
intelligent Design Control System (DCS).
"By using the Design Control System in the ITD solution, the project
leader can work with a wide variety of engineers and design inputs in various
locations," said Rich Sevcik, Xilinx senior vice president of software,
cores and support. "ITD technology provides the means to efficiently and
effectively integrate and coordinate the design inputs on an iterative
basis. Designers will see how the project leader can use ITD technology
and the Internet today to manage large design teams through complex projects
for creating next-generation applications."
Exemplar Logic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mentor Graphics Corporation,
supports Xilinx Virtex FPGAs in its advanced synthesis tool, LeonardoSpectrum.
LeonardoSpectrum is a synthesis environment designed to handle the largest
and most complex FPGA devices. The gate array market segment, a focus of
both Exemplar Logic and Xilinx, demands team-based design and Internet-based
tools. "ITD technology meets the challenges of team design," said Tom Feist,
vice president of marketing for Exemplar Logic. "It is a natural extension
of LeonardoSpectrum's team design capabilities. Exemplar's robust support
for bottom-up and incremental design, combined with Xilinx ITD communication
and design integration capabilities help to create an effective working
environment for dispersed design teams."
"The Internet eases the communications burden for engineering teams
collaborating with designers and partners working on the same project from
different locations," according to Jay Michlin, vice president and general
manager of the FPGA business unit at Synopsys. "This is particularly important
for large devices in which teams are already splitting projects among remote
sites which use Synopsys' world-class synthesis and verification tools
to design each module. The Xilinx introduction of its Internet Team Design
technology will allow designers to leverage the Internet to deliver modules
around the world, and then complete their design in the chosen location."
Andy Haines, vice president of marketing for Synplicity Inc. is excited
to be working with Xilinx on the implementation of the ITD methodology.
"Maximizing designer productivity is of prime importance to Synplicity.
Xilinx's use of the Internet to join our tools with theirs is an out-of-the-box
approach to increasing productivity. This is another example of the close
working relationship between
Synplicity and Xilinx, just as is the superior quality of results from
our Synplify synthesis tool when targeting the Virtex architecture."
Xilinx is the leading innovator of complete programmable logic solutions,
including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined
system functions delivered as cores, and unparalleled field engineering
support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx
invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and commands more than
half of the world market for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable
customers to reduce significantly the time required to develop products
for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial
control, instrumentation, high-reliability/military, and consumer markets.
For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at www.xilinx.com.
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