Company delivers 50 thousand system gates for $2.95
SAN JOSE, Calif., October 6, 2003 - Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq:XLNX) today announced breakthrough price points for its low cost Spartan-3 family. Xilinx attributes its low cost leadership position to its on track, successful implementation of 90nm process technology. Xilinx first shipped the 90nm Spartan-3 family in March 2003, enabling the company to be the first to pass on the cost-density benefits of the 90nm node customers. Xilinx is now offering Spartan-3 FPGAs with 1 million system gates for under $12.00* and three different Spartan-3 FPGAs for under $6.50*.
"In today's economic climate, low-cost solutions are 'a must' for customers moving to programmable logic as an alternative to the high cost of developing ASICs or Structured ASICs," said Rich Sevcik, senior vice president and general manager for the FPGA Product Group at Xilinx. "Through our successful implementation of advanced process technology, Xilinx is taking full advantage of the low cost structures made possible at the 90nm/300mm node and passing those cost benefits on to customers."
Spartan-3: Offers World's Lowest Cost per I/O (CPI) and Cost per Logic Cell (CPL)
Ranging from 50K to 5M system gates, Spartan-3 utilizes an innovative architecture to drive down costs. For example, Xilinx offers the industry lowest cost per I/O through a dual ring of staggered I/O pads. By maximizing I/Os on the reduced size Spartan-3 die, Xilinx is delivering up to 40% better CPI advantage than competing solutions. Additionally, Xilinx offers the FPGA industry's lowest cost per logic cell. By aggressively driving to 90nm, Xilinx has packed more logic cells onto smaller 90nm devices resulting in up to 36% CPL advantage over competing solutions.
The Spartan-3 platform is the world's lowest cost FPGA with unrivaled price points. Starting at under $2.95*, the Spartan-3 family addresses customer demand for low cost solutions. By continuing to set new price-density standards for the FPGA industry, Xilinx has dramatically narrowed the price-performance gap between programmable and fixed logic. This has driven Spartan-3 device adoption further into higher volume applications and hastened the decline of ASIC designs. Xilinx is now shipping four members in the Spartan-3 FPGA family (see related release). Xilinx is on track to ship the entire Spartan-3 family in full volume production in early 2004.
Providing Customers with More Features for Less Cost
With an architecture optimized for 90nm technology, Spartan-3 FPGAs offer more density and features in its class to allow customers to reduce overall system costs through integration. Spartan-3 FPGAs offer a combination of highest embedded block and distributed RAM and up to 784 I/Os. Spartan-3 devices offer embedded XtremeDSP functionality with dedicated 18x18 multipliers and up to 330 billion multiply and accumulates (MACs) per second. Additionally, Spartan-3 devices support 23 leading parallel I/O, including PCI 32/33 and PCI 64/33, as well as other popular parallel connectivity cores for telecommunications and networking.
Rapid Industry Adoption of 90nm Spartan-3 FPGAs
With five times more design-win opportunities than any previous Xilinx product family at this point in its lifecycle, the Spartan-3 family is enjoying unprecedented customer adoption. Already, the Spartan Series is the world's most successful low-cost FPGA family in its class with over 11,000 customers worldwide. Since the introduction of the Spartan Series in 1998, the company has shipped more than 60 million devices. According to recent public statements, Xilinx's nearest competitor has confirmed that Xilinx is over 12 months ahead in delivering 90nm and 300mm technology, giving Xilinx a formidable technology lead and maintaining its position as the world leader in low cost solutions.
Pricing and Availability
The 3S50, 3S200, and 3S400 Spartan-3 devices with 50,000, 200,000, and 400,000 system gates respectively, are available for less than $6.50*. The 3S1000 Spartan-3 device with 1 million system gates is also available for under $12.00*. The entire Spartan-3 family will be available in volume production in early 2004 from distributors worldwide, or direct from Xilinx at www.xilinx.com/spartan/.
About Xilinx *Volume pricing for 250k units, end of 2004
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