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Xilinx Debuts IP Center

Attempting to expand it's share of the FPGA (field programmable gate array) market, Xilinx has debuted the IP Center, a site that offers intellectual property solutions.

"The Xilinx IP Center is a whole new way of helping customers in Asia who want to implement system applications on our Virtex FPGAs, be it cores, tools, or consulting," said Stacy Fender, president, Xilinx K.K/Asia-Pacific.

The solutions available range from free reference designs, cores, DSP and PCI packages to IP implementation tools, third party cores, specialized system level services, and vertical application solutions.

With the opening of the site, Xilinx also unveiled 20 new and free reference designs for FPGAs and CPLDs (complex programmable logic devices) available for download and 12 more partners who have joined the XPERTS consulting program.

"We were first to offer configurable cores over the Internet for the Core Generator system and the PCI Local Bus a couple of years ago, and since then we have rapidly expanded our web-based IP capabilities through the Silicon Xpresso initiative."

The Silicon Xpresso is a program to step up delivery of Internet and Java-based applications to customers who design with field programmable gate arrays and programmable logic devices, allowing testing, debugging, manufacturing and field upgrades over the Internet.

It also includes its Internet Reconfigurable Logic (IRL) system, in which custom hardware circuits can be fully or partially reconfigured to change features or add new capabilities, even after customer installation.

"As we introduced new IP cores or updates over the web, the benefits to the customer were immediate," Fender said. "For example, we were the first company to deliver a real PCI v 2.2 compliant 64/66 MHz solution, and customers in Asia were able to immediately download the design and start their implementation as soon as we announced the availability of the product."

The system level solutions area of the Xilinx IP Center offers access to information on IP and consulting services for applications such as wireless, networking, XDSL technologies, image and video processing and computers.