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Xilinx to Transcend with Triscend

Looking to expand its capabilities in building embedded processors, Xilinx Monday said it would purchase Triscend Corp. for an undisclosed amount.

San Jose, Calif.-based Xilinx, which is the largest maker of programmable microchips, said the merger will bring in both R&D talent and complementary technology to the table. The majority of Triscend's 40 employees, currently located at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., are expected to become Xilinx employees.

Known for its field-programmable microprocessors (FPGA) such as its "Virtex-II Pro" family, Xilinx's embedded system history has been defined by a library of IP cores (over two hundred cores), application/reference designs, internal and third party provided tools, support for MonteVista Linux, WindRiver VxWorks, QNX Neutrino and development boards.

During its quarterly update earlier this month, Xilinx said it is also seeing strong demand for its Spartan-3 family and projected its sales should surpass $1 million for the quarter.

Xilinx sells primarily to manufacturers in the telecommunications, computer, aerospace, industrial control, and networking markets. Company execs are hoping the acquisition will give it some added punch when approaching the burgeoning embedded processor sector.

"The significant talent and technology at the core of Triscend will strengthen our efforts in the embedded processing space, accelerating future development of embedded solutions and speeding our market ramp in this important emerging market," Erich Goetting, vice president and general manager of the Advanced Product Division at Xilinx, said in a statement.

Triscend is known for its configurable system-on-chip (CSoC) devices and customizable microcontrollers, which are used in a variety of applications, such as industrial controls, security and consumer electronics. The company said its technology can be combined with programmable logic, microprocessors, memory and buses to create single-chip customized solutions. Xilinx said it will capitalize on those embedded technologies as well as Triscend's FastChip development software and integrate it with its own Platform Studio and Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK).

The acquisition is also a boon to IBM , which is near the end of a two-year, multi-million dollar manufacturing contract with Xilinx.

Pending regulatory approval, Xilinx said the Triscend transaction should resolve by April 3. Although financial details were not disclosed, the acquisition represents less than one percent of the total assets of Xilinx as of the end of our fiscal third quarter ending January 3, 2004.