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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

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

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."


*Source: Home Office Research Report - Mobile Phone Theft

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Liz Almond/Linsey White,
Éclat Marketing,
Tel: 0118 989 5600,
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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

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