XILINX SOLUTION SET TO COMBAT UK MOBILE THEFT Thursday 31 January 2002 PDF Print January 30, 2002: Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) has announced a new programmable chip set to combat the theft of mobile phones by enabling mobile phone operators to remotely disable stolen handsets. Crime figures show that mobile phone theft in the UK has increased by 190% since 1995, and mobile phones are now involved in 28% of all robberies.* The latest technological innovation from Xilinx, the CoolRunner-II CPLD, is an electronic chip that can be reconfigured over the Internet or any other network, such as the mobile phone network, to block the phone's keypad, acting in the same way as a car immobiliser to render the phone useless to thieves. Karen Parnell, European Marketing Manager for High Volume Products at Xilinx states: "Once a phone containing a Xilinx chip is reported stolen, the phone operating company can send new data to the phone, wherever it may be within the network, turning the CoolRunner-II chip into a block between the keypad and the rest of the phone, which prevents any further use." The latest technological innovation from Xilinx, the CoolRunner-II CPLD, is smaller and consumes very low battery power, making it ideal for the latest mobile handsets. The same technology can be used to re-activate the phone if and when it is returned to its rightful owner. The chip also includes extensive security features to prevent hacking or other unauthorised reconfiguration. Dave Nicklin, European Market Development Manager said: "Xilinx pioneered the development of Internet reconfigurable logic (IRL) electronic chips. Basically the CoolRunner-II chip makes the handset unusable; even if the thief changes the SIM card, the reconfigured CoolRunner-II chip continues to prevent use of the keypad." Ends *Source: Home Office Research Report - Mobile Phone Theft For further information or to speak to Xilinx please contact: Liz Almond/Linsey White, Éclat Marketing, Tel: 0118 989 5600, E: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com About Xilinx: Xilinx is the leading supplier of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as intellectual property cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and fulfils more than half of the world demand 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, aerospace, defense, low-power portable and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at http://www.xilinx.com. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of eclat Marketing in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.