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Xilinx Inc.

Pioneer in FPGA technology


Xilinx, Inc. develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies — from the cloud, to the edge, to the endpoint. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA and Adaptive SoCs (including the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform, or ACAP), designed to deliver the most dynamic computing technology in the industry. Xilinx collaborates with customers to create scalable, differentiated, and intelligent solutions that enable the adaptable, intelligent, and connected world of the future. For more information, visit

  • HQ: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Known for: FPGA, field programmable gate array, fabless, adaptive SoC, ACAP
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  • Type: Company


  • Invented the FPGA in 1985. The first commercial FPGA invention is attributed to Ross Feeman.
  • Invented the Adaptive SoCs and ACAPs



Founded in 1984 by:

Founded in 1984 with a notion to create chips that could be configured for multiple applications, Xilinx grew the concept into the field programmable gate array (FPGA). The first product shipped in 1985 and the company went public in 1989. Over time, the FPGAs became 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.

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