Xilinx Offers ISE Test Drive to Demonstrate Fastest FPGA Software

Altera Customers Can Utilize Conversion Package and $500 Discount as They

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Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Xilinx Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx Inc., (Nasdaq:   XLNX)
 today announced its plan to provide a free test drive of its Integrated
 Synthesis Environment (ISE), the Xilinx(R) next generation design environment,
 to any engineer interested in upgrading their programmable logic design
 software to the faster Xilinx tools. Engineers interested in performing their
 own side-by-side comparison in this test drive can register for a complete
 conversion package which aids the process of migrating designs originally
 developed with Altera software. When customers decide to switch to Xilinx,
 they will also receive a $500 discount for ISE Elite software tools, as an
 additional incentive. Xilinx is offering a $100 gift certificate to any
 designer who can demonstrate that his or her production design compiles faster
 in the Altera's Quartus/II software than in the Xilinx ISE software. For more
 information on the rules of this program, go to www.xilinx.com/switchtospeed.
     "Because of the tremendous advantage we are seeing in our design flow,
 including our ultra-fast runtimes and higher device performance, we want to
 make it easy for customers to evaluate the software, and bring their design to
 production using Xilinx devices," said Bill Gregorak, director of Software
 Marketing at Xilinx. "We're so confident about our software's speed advantage
 that we'll award $100 as part of this challenge."
 
     Switch to Speed
     Altera requires their customers to use two different suites of design
 tools in order to target various devices from their portfolio. For instance,
 Altera customers who are creating a higher density design are required to
 switch to the new Quartus/II design tools, forcing them to learn and maintain
 an entirely new design environment. Xilinx supports the design of all of its
 leading high-performance FPGA devices such as the Spartan(R)-II ASIC
 replacement FPGAs and Virtex(R)-II Platform FPGAs, in a single design
 environment, making it easy to choose any of its leading devices.
 
     Programmable Logic Leadership for Design
     The Xilinx ISE tools are delivering the industry's fastest runtimes,
 highest clock performance, and support for the fastest and highest density
 devices, the Virtex-II Platform FPGAs. The Xilinx Alliance Series(TM) software
 is also available for the test drive for customers who prefer to seamlessly
 integrate their Xilinx design tools into their existing EDA environment. The
 Alliance Series software features the same ultra-fast runtimes, plus cross
 probing and error navigation tools that enable designers to navigate directly
 from design timing reports back to the schematic viewers within Synplicity's
 HDL Analyst and Exemplar's Leonardo Insight.
 
     Price, platform and availability
     The Xilinx 3.3i test drive tools are available free for any interested
 logic designer by registering at www.xilinx.com/speed or sending an email to
 speed@xilinx.com. The ISE and Alliance Series tools used in the test drive
 provide architecture-specific device support for all Xilinx leading product
 families including the Spartan and Virtex series FPGAs, and XC9500(TM) CPLDs.
 Both software series are supported on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows
 NT; and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Windows. The Alliance Series software
 also supports Unix operating systems HP-UX and Sun Solaris.
 
     About Xilinx
     Xilinx is the leading supplier of complete programmable logic solutions,
 including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined
 system functions delivered as cores, and unparalleled field engineering
 support. Founded in 1984 and headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented
 field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and fulfills more than half of the world
 demand for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to
 significantly reduce the time required to develop products for the computer,
 peripheral, telecommunication, networking, industrial control,
 instrumentation, high-reliability/military, and consumer markets. For more
 information, visit the Xilinx web site at www.xilinx.com.
 
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    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx Inc., (Nasdaq:   XLNX)
 today announced its plan to provide a free test drive of its Integrated
 Synthesis Environment (ISE), the Xilinx(R) next generation design environment,
 to any engineer interested in upgrading their programmable logic design
 software to the faster Xilinx tools. Engineers interested in performing their
 own side-by-side comparison in this test drive can register for a complete
 conversion package which aids the process of migrating designs originally
 developed with Altera software. When customers decide to switch to Xilinx,
 they will also receive a $500 discount for ISE Elite software tools, as an
 additional incentive. Xilinx is offering a $100 gift certificate to any
 designer who can demonstrate that his or her production design compiles faster
 in the Altera's Quartus/II software than in the Xilinx ISE software. For more
 information on the rules of this program, go to www.xilinx.com/switchtospeed.
     "Because of the tremendous advantage we are seeing in our design flow,
 including our ultra-fast runtimes and higher device performance, we want to
 make it easy for customers to evaluate the software, and bring their design to
 production using Xilinx devices," said Bill Gregorak, director of Software
 Marketing at Xilinx. "We're so confident about our software's speed advantage
 that we'll award $100 as part of this challenge."
 
     Switch to Speed
     Altera requires their customers to use two different suites of design
 tools in order to target various devices from their portfolio. For instance,
 Altera customers who are creating a higher density design are required to
 switch to the new Quartus/II design tools, forcing them to learn and maintain
 an entirely new design environment. Xilinx supports the design of all of its
 leading high-performance FPGA devices such as the Spartan(R)-II ASIC
 replacement FPGAs and Virtex(R)-II Platform FPGAs, in a single design
 environment, making it easy to choose any of its leading devices.
 
     Programmable Logic Leadership for Design
     The Xilinx ISE tools are delivering the industry's fastest runtimes,
 highest clock performance, and support for the fastest and highest density
 devices, the Virtex-II Platform FPGAs. The Xilinx Alliance Series(TM) software
 is also available for the test drive for customers who prefer to seamlessly
 integrate their Xilinx design tools into their existing EDA environment. The
 Alliance Series software features the same ultra-fast runtimes, plus cross
 probing and error navigation tools that enable designers to navigate directly
 from design timing reports back to the schematic viewers within Synplicity's
 HDL Analyst and Exemplar's Leonardo Insight.
 
     Price, platform and availability
     The Xilinx 3.3i test drive tools are available free for any interested
 logic designer by registering at www.xilinx.com/speed or sending an email to
 speed@xilinx.com. The ISE and Alliance Series tools used in the test drive
 provide architecture-specific device support for all Xilinx leading product
 families including the Spartan and Virtex series FPGAs, and XC9500(TM) CPLDs.
 Both software series are supported on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows
 NT; and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Windows. The Alliance Series software
 also supports Unix operating systems HP-UX and Sun Solaris.
 
     About Xilinx
     Xilinx is the leading supplier of complete programmable logic solutions,
 including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined
 system functions delivered as cores, and unparalleled field engineering
 support. Founded in 1984 and headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented
 field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and fulfills more than half of the world
 demand for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to
 significantly reduce the time required to develop products for the computer,
 peripheral, telecommunication, networking, industrial control,
 instrumentation, high-reliability/military, and consumer markets. For more
 information, visit the Xilinx web site at www.xilinx.com.
 
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