IBM, Xilinx Announce Multi-Million Dollar Manufacturing Deal First ever IBM deal to manufacture volume parts for an outside customer - Xilinx Friday 1 March 2002 PDF Print London, March 4, 2002... IBM and Xilinx today announced a two-year, multi-million dollar agreement under which IBM will manufacture Xilinx's newly-announced Virtex-II-Pro semiconductor products. The revolutionary new technology is welcomed by Xilinx customers including both Motorola and Intel. The Virtex-II products are the result of a collaborative design effort between the two companies, integrating IBM's PowerPC microprocessor with Xilinx field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology to form a new type of hybrid chip for use in communications, storage, and consumer applications. Having collaborated with Xilinx to immerse the leading embedded processor architecture, the IBM PowerPC, in the Virtex-II devices, IBM will now manufacture the chips for Xilinx using its most advanced copper-based chip-making technology. This is the first time that IBM has agreed to manufacture high-volume parts for an outside customer using its most advanced processes, normally reserved for its own microprocessors, custom chips and high-speed memory products. "This collaboration enables us to serve a five billion dollar market opportunity and assures our customers a world-class source of supply," said Alex Glass, Vice President Sales EMEA at Xilinx. "The decision to team with IBM for the manufacture of this new product was a natural, from both a technical and a business standpoint." "We're expanding our work with customers like Xilinx, who recognise that leading-edge technology, and the design expertise to exploit it, are critical to building today's semiconductors products," said Ron Tessitore, Vice President, IBM Microelectronics. "The synergy with Xilinx is demonstrated in the successful delivery of this revolutionary semiconductor family." With Xilinx's announcement of the resulting Virtex-II-Pro products, backed by this manufacturing agreement with IBM, customers can now take advantage of this unique platform. more What Customers say "Having early access to the design tools for the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA and the preliminary information, we've begun early design work for a client project involving secure, high-speed video transmission," said Mr. Chris Hallahan, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Nuvation Engineering. "What we've seen in the Virtex-based product tools with the combination of the PowerPC processors and high-speed serial transceivers will accelerate time-to-market and reduce overall costs because of the functional integration we're leveraging in this new FPGA." "The Virtex-II Pro FPGAs, including both 3.125 Gbps serial transceivers and LVDS I/Os, will play an important role in supporting high performance networking systems," said Sam Fuller, director of engineering at Motorola. "InfiniBand architecture will change the way servers are built and deployed," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "The flexibility of bridging FPGAs supporting multiple I/O interconnects including InfiniBand technology allows the industry more flexibility in their enterprise designs." 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 fulfills 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, defence, low power portable and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at http://www.xilinx.com For press enquiries please contact: Linsey White Eclat Marketing Ltd Tel: +44 118 989 5600 Fax:+44 118 989 5656 Mobile: 079391 26553 Email: Linsey@eclat.co.uk Web: http://www.eclat.co.uk 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.