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Xilinx is the worldwide leader in programmable logic solutions with over 51 percent market segment share in calendar year 2007, according to iSuppli. PLDs represent an exciting growth potential in the chip market thanks to their flexible nature and ability to change functionality even after being manufactured.

Xilinx programmable solutions fuel product innovation in diverse markets worldwide and are designed in a wide range of applications. Xilinx customers can change or upgrade product features and functions "on the fly" - adapting to new standards and reconfiguring the hardware for a specific application. This "on the fly" technology enables faster time-to-market, product differentiation and reduced cost.

In 1984, Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and was the first semiconductor company to establish the fabless manufacturing model, outsourcing everything but the design, marketing and support of its products. Today there are approximately 700 fabless semiconductor companies around the world. Xilinx has long maintained its industry leadership by consistently products implementing cutting edge technologies – Xilinx was the first to employ 180nm, 150nm, 130nm, 90nm, and 65nm process technology and currently delivers approximately 90 percent of all high-end 65nm FPGAs in the world. 


Digilent is proud to be a member of the Xilinx Alliance Program, a worldwide ecosystem of qualified companies collaborating with Xilinx to help customers develop products faster and with confidence on Targeted Design Platforms. Leveraging open platforms and standards, Xilinx has built this ecosystem to meet customer needs and is committed to its long-term success. Comprised of FPGA IP providers, EDA vendors, embedded software providers, system integrators, and hardware suppliers, Alliance members help accelerate the design process while minimizing risk. 

The member in the Alliance Program will take a proactive role in optimizing their products for efficient use with Xilinx devices and tools and/or providing expertise in designing with Xilinx devices. The goal is to foster relationships in an environment where products, services or expertise - when combined with Xilinx technology - creates a much larger market opportunity for both Xilinx and members. Beyond alignment with the world leader in programmable logic, members are also entitled to access products, services and discounts on items directly related to developing products and expertise that support Xilinx technologies.