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Xilinx Inc.
Pioneer in FPGA technology


Xilinx was founded in 1984 with a notion to create chips that could be configured for multiple applications. Over time, this concept became called the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). The first product was shipped in 1985 and they went public in 1989.

Over time, the FPGAs grew and were one of the first product categories to use each new fabrication node. Xilinx has always used the fabless business model and worked closely with TSMC as their primary manufacturing partner.

In 2011, Xilinx introduced a new line of products that had processor cores hardened into them. At the same time they started putting a lot of effort into an EDA tool chain optimized for the Xilinx flow, including the integration of a high-level synthesis they acquired through their acquisition of AutoESL.

In 2012, they were one of the first companies to start making use of 2.5D IC technology where multiple FPGA dies are connected using a silicon interposer. Some of the dies can be replaced by either functions, such as a high-speed SerDes die.


  • Xilinx Inc. invented FPGA in 1985
    • [Note: First commercial FPGA invention attributed to Ross Feeman.]



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