Today, Xilinx is the world's leading provider of programmable platforms, with $2.4B in revenues in fiscal year 2011 and nearly 50 percent market share. The programmable logic device (PLD) market - one of the fastest growing segments of the semiconductor industry - grew by 48 percent in 2010 to $4.9B USD and is projected to double from 2009 levels to $6.6B USD by 2013 (Source: IC Insights).
Xilinx programmable chips are the innovation platform of choice for today's leading companies for the design of tens of thousands of products that improve the quality of our everyday lives. Due to their inherent flexibility, Xilinx award-winning programmable solutions - silicon, software, IP, evaluation kits and reference designs - are used by more than 20,000 customers to:
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In 1984, Xilinx co-founders Bernie Vonderschmitt, Ross Freeman and Jim Barnett were determined to build a company that would not only introduce a revolutionary new semiconductor technology – the field programmable gate array (FPGA) – to the market place but would run its business based upon a core set of values that would balance the needs of customers, employees and shareholders. Over the past 25 years, community involvement inside and outside the company has been an integral component of the Xilinx culture, with a goal to create a great place to work for employees and to improve quality of life in local communities.
Xilinx co-founder Ross Freeman's invention – Patent No. 4,870,302 – is a computer chip full of 'open gates' that engineers can reprogram as much as needed to add new functionality, adapt to changing standards or specifications and make last minute design changes. More than 25 years ago, Freeman correctly postulated that the cost of transistors would steadily decrease over time, due to Moore's Law (doubling of transistor density every two years), making the FPGA an affordable and flexible alternative to custom chips for a wide range of applications.
Notably, Freeman has been named a 2009 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee for inventing the FPGA. He joins a new class of 15 inventors will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame – including Intel Chairman Emeritus Gordon Moore – bringing the total number of National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees to 405.
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