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Xilinx bolsters FPGA platform through standards, Alliance Program

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? platform? Xilinx Alliance Program?

Xilinx Inc., aiming to boost its Alliance Program, has decided to open the Xilinx platform and to support key industry standards.

The company said it will ease the process by which FPGA users find the right partner for their specific design and development needs and ensure greater customer satisfaction and quality of results when working with Xilinx Alliance Program members.

Dave Tokic, senior director for Xilinx's Partner Ecosystems and Alliances, said that industry standards and open platforms are needed to "make FPGAs more approachable to a broader set of electronic system designers versus ASIC and ASSP alternatives." "The ultimate goal in this new chapter of the Xilinx Alliance Program is to introduce a healthier marketplace for the ecosystem that is tuned to specific end-market applications, implemented on Xilinx FPGAs, and delivered to customers via Targeted Design Platforms that come directly from us and the FPGA ecosystem at large," he added.

Xilinx said it supports the AMBA AXI4 protocol as the single, open, on-chip interconnect standard, as evidenced by the release of ISE Design Suite 12.3. The company is also opening up its ISE Design Suite CORE Generator System and standardizing on the IEEE 1685 IP-XACT standard, the IEEE P1735 IP encryption standard, VITA-57 FMC (FPGA Mezzanine card) standard for add-on cards, and FlexNet licensing. It is also driving industry-standard business terms to streamline licensing of IP and design services through the SignOnce IP License, a set of common license terms for programmable logic soft IP cores.

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