Xilinx 20nm All Programmable Portfolio Builds on 28nm Breakthroughs to Stay a Generation Ahead

Xilinx 20nm All Programmable Portfolio Builds on 28nm Breakthroughs to Stay a
                               Generation Ahead

Next-generation FPGAs, second generation SoCs and 3D ICs will be
'co-optimized' with the Vivado Design Suite for the most compelling
alternative ever to ASICs and ASSPs

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX)
today announced its strategy for its 20nm portfolio, including the
next-generation 8 series All Programmable FPGAs and second generation of 3D
ICs and SoCs. The 20nm portfolio builds upon the breakthroughs proven at 28nm
to provide an extra generation of system performance, lower power and
programmable system integration. Co-optimized with Xilinx's Vivado™ Design
Suite for the highest productivity and quality of results, the 20nm portfolio
will address a wide range of next- generation systems and provide the most
compelling programmable alternative ever to ASICs and ASSPs.

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"The 20nm portfolio will address the exponentially growing programmable
imperative, fueled not only by the untenable cost of design, but by the need
to continuously infuse more intelligence in every system with maximum
adaptability, reuse, and systems integration," said Xilinx president & chief
executive officer, Moshe Gavrielov.

Xilinx is optimizing the 20nm All Programmable portfolio to address the
requirements of next-generation ever 'smarter,' highly integrated, bandwidth
hungry systems. These applications include: 1) intelligent Nx100G - 400G wired
networks, 2) LTE™ Advanced wireless base stations employing smart, adaptive
antenna, cognitive radio technologies, baseband and backhaul equipment, 3)
high throughput, low-power data center solid state storage, intelligent
networking, and highly integrated low latency application acceleration, 4)
image/video processing including intelligent 'embedded vision' for
next-generation displays, professional cameras, factory automation, advanced
automotive driver assistance, and surveillance systems, and 5) leading edge
connectivity for almost every application imaginable.

"Xilinx is building on its substantial technology and market lead at 28nm with
another break-out portfolio at 20nm that is a generation ahead of its
traditional competition and offers significant new advantages versus ASICs and
ASSPs," said Xilinx's senior vice president, programmable platform group,
Victor Peng.

Xilinx is benefiting from a multi-year head start over the competition in
multiple areas; fine tuning real SoC and 3D IC products with hundreds of
customers; developing new ecosystems, supply chains, and processes for quality
and reliability, 'co-optimizing' these devices with its next-generation Vivado
Design Suite tools; and redefining how high-performance transceivers are
optimized in the system. This allows Xilinx to infuse the added value of 20nm
to each of the technologies pioneered and proven at 28nm, keeping Xilinx and
its customers a generation ahead.

Next-Generation All Programmable FPGAs

The 20nm 8 series All Programmable FPGAs will provide 2x the performance, half
the power, and 1.5 to 2x the integration capabilities over the current
generation. High-growth applications for these devices include Nx100G wired
networking, wireless L1 baseband co-processing for LTE A wireless networks,
and next-generation system acceleration and connectivity. Notable
advancements include:

  oArchitectural improvements to extend resource utilization beyond 90
    percent and algorithms optimized for routability to deliver 4x faster
    design closure
  oSystem-optimized, high-speed transceivers with unmatched second generation
    adaptive equalization, low jitter, and the lowest power
  o2x memory bandwidth coupled with significant increases in digital signal
    processing and on-chip memory performance

Second Generation All Programmable 3D ICs

Xilinx's second generation 3D ICs will have homogeneous and heterogeneous
configurations. High-growth applications include Nx100G/400G smart networks,
top-of-rack data center switches, and highest integration ASIC prototyping.
Notable advancements include:

  oTwo-level 3D interconnect with industry-standard interfaces and 5x greater
    die-to-die bandwidth
  o1.5-2x logic capacity, 4x transceiver bandwidth and integrated wide
    memories combined with Interlaken connectivity, traffic management and
    packet processing IP
  oCo-optimization with design tools results in 2x the integration through
    enhanced, highly scalable algorithms, intra- and inter-die routing
    capacity and auto design closure

Second Generation All Programmable SoCs

Xilinx's 20nm All Programmable SoCs integrate heterogeneous processing cores
with FPGA fabric for accelerating key processing functions. High-growth
applications include heterogeneous wireless network radios, baseband
acceleration and backhaul, data center security appliances, and embedded
vision applications in automotive, industrial, scientific, medical, and
Aerospace and Defense markets. Notable advancements include:

  oImproved bandwidth between the processing system and the FPGA fabric for
    accelerating key processing functions
  oNext-generation I/O, transceiver and DDR memory interfacing capabilities
  oNext-generation block-level power optimizations along with advanced
    SoC-level power management
  oNext-generation security enhancements, building on advancements announced
    recently at the ARM® TechCon® 2012 conference.

Co-Optimized with the Vivado Design Suite

Introduced with Xilinx's ground-breaking 28nm 7 series FPGA portfolio, the
Vivado Design Suite is co-optimized even further for 20nm product families so
that designers can achieve:

  o20 percent greater LUT utilization, up to a 3 speed grade performance
    improvement, and up to 35 percent greater power reduction
  o4x improvement in design productivity due to faster hierarchical planning,
    analytic place and route engines and support for fast incremental ECOs
    (engineering change orders)
  oVerification run-time improves by over 100x when using a C-based design
    flow, plus 4-5x faster integration time leveraging IP core reuse using the
    Vivado Design Suite IP integrator and packager.

Xilinx will be announcing more specifics by family as the portfolio is rolled
out. Xilinx is already engaging with strategic customers on its 20nm FPGAs
with restricted access to product definitions and documentation.

To learn more about how Xilinx is staying a generation ahead at 20nm, please
visit: http://www.xilinx.com/about/generation-ahead-20nm/index.htm.

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the world's leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D
ICs.  These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design
environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable
logic to programmable systems integration. For more information, visit


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