SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. today launched an initiative to increase its penetration in information appliances by offering a new series of low-power complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), which the company said is designed to deliver higher performance in personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital cameras, home audio systems, Internet gaming products, and wireless devices.
Xilinx claims that its new CoolRunner-II chips are the only CPLDs designed specifically for this segment of the information appliance industry, which the company said now totals about $44.4 billion in systems revenues based on estimates by International Data Corp. (IDC). Xilinx said the new CPLD series is part of its drive to serve "market diversification" with tailored product lines.
San Jose-based Xilinx, a pioneer in field programmable logic (FPGAs), moved into the CPLD arena in 1999 when it acquired the XPLA product line and operation from Philips Semiconductors (see June 18, 1999, story).
"Today's introduction of our new CoolRunner-II CPLD line represents years of vision, strategic planning, and product development," said Wim Roelandts, president and CEO at Xilinx. "Immediately following the Philips acquisition we challenged our engineers to develop the most technologically advanced low-power chip on the market -- and they delivered," he stated.
Xilinx did not release details about its revenue targets or market share objectives in the information appliance markets.
The new CoolRunner-II RealDigital CPLDs are a new class of complex programmable logic devices with all-digital cores, according to the San Jose company. The series will have densities ranging from 32 to 512 macrocells and offer up to 300-MHz speeds. The pin-to-pin delays will be as fast as 3.5ns while providing a standby current of less than 100 microamps, which according to Xilinx is an industry first.
"We designed CoolRunner-II CPLDs to address the increasing demands of today's networking, telecommunications and portable system designers," Roelandts said.
Initial production of the XC2C64 (64-macrocell) device began prior to today's introduction and is immediately available, with the five other device densities scheduled to become available over the next two quarters. Second half 2002 pricing for the XC2C64-VQ44 device is set at $1.90 in volumes greater than 100,000 units.