Xilinx and UMC have announced the extension of their long-time strategic relationship to include technology development at 65nm and below. In preparation for manufacture of next-generation Xilinx FPGAs, joint research and development efforts have resulted in 65nm prototype wafers (including actual programmable logic circuitry) currently being produced at UMC's 300mm facility in Tainan, Taiwan. In addition, the companies announced that they are in the early stages of process definition for future development of 45nm FPGAs.
For more than a decade, Xilinx has relied upon UMC as its primary manufacturer for the high-volume production of its programmable chips, most recently at 90nm. UMC leads all foundries in total 90nm wafers shipped and Xilinx supplies more than 70 percent of the world's 90nm FPGAs, based upon cumulative revenues. A total of four 90nm FPGA families and 28 devices are being manufactured by UMC, including VirtexTM-4, SpartanTM-3E, Spartan-3L and Spartan-3.
Early investment in 90nm technology development by both Xilinx and UMC led to the delivery of the world's first 90nm FPGA product line in 2003.
To remain at the leading edge and to meet growing customer demand for its popular FPGAs, Xilinx remains committed to a multi-source manufacturing strategy.
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