Xilinx, as the inventor of FPGA, is currently the world's largest manufacturer company of the FPGAs and CPLDs (programmable platforms).
The company's 2009 year-end revenue is $ 1.7 billion and its share on worldwide market of PLDs (Programmable Logic Device) is over 50%.
It was founded in 1984. Central of the company is located in the United States. Now there are around three thousand employees working for this company.
The Xilinx FPGA Families:
Xilinx ISE Design Suite
It is a comprehensive software program presented by Xilinx forÂ design with its FPGAs and CPLD. It supports VHDL and Verilog languages, allows to use schematic drawings.
The free version of thiss software can be downloaded from ISE WebPACK â„¢ Xilinx page. Please remember it is needed to register to the web site to download.
Xilinx Platform Studio: Itâ€™s a software program used to create Xilinxâ€™s own soft processors in the desired configuration and addÂ them to the projects. For example, you can add a processor created on Platform Studio to the projects created on ISE.
MicroBlaze: It is a 32-bit soft processor which can be embedded to FPGA. MicroBlaze is presented for medium cost and medium performance aplications which are used with Xilinx FPGAs.
PicoBlaze: It is an 8-bit soft processor which can be embedded to FPGA. PicoBlaze is presented for low cost medium low aplications which are used with Xilinx FPGAs. It might be compared to Microchip PIC series.