FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
XILINX ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY OF INDUSTRY'S
FIRST 4 Gbps PROGRAMMABLE FIBRE CHANNEL SOLUTION
4G Fibre Channel Core designed for Virtex-4 FPGAs
enables SAN Fabrics to match
ever increasing server and disk speeds
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 6, 2005 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), the
world's leading programmable logic supplier, today announced the
immediate availability of the industry's first 4 Gbps programmable
Fibre Channel solution. Designed specifically for the Virtex-4
FPGA family, the new 4G Fibre Channel core provides system architects
with the ability to scale storage area network designs to higher
fibre channel rates, addressing the industry's increasing demand
for high performance enterprise storage systems.
Xilinx also revealed its plans to develop future 8G and higher speed
Fibre Channel solutions by leveraging the capabilities of the Virtex-4
FPGA's RocketIO MGTs with the industry's broadest 622Mbps
- 10.3125 Gbps range and high-performance signal integrity features.
Similar to its 1G and 2G fibre channel solutions, Xilinx plans to
test the latest solution for fibre channel conformance and interoperability
at the University of New Hampshire's interoperability lab ensuring
first time design success.
"The 4GFC standard is becoming more and more ubiquitous in
new designs. Future 4GFC designs must be fully interoperable with
hardware in the field and compatible with the latest drive and server
interconnects. We expect 4GFC adoption to continue its aggressive
ramp throughout the coming year," said Anil Vasudeva, Principal
Analyst at IMEX Research. "4G Fibre Channel capability in an
FPGA provides designers with the ability to get to market more quickly
while leveraging additional resources in the FPGA to capitalize
on market requirements such as port consolidation, virtualization
and distributed storage for servers and storage appliances."
About the 4GFC LogiCORE
The Xilinx Fibre Channel (FC) IP core has been designed to ANSI
INCITS X3-230-1994 (R1999), X3-297-1997 (R2002), X3-303-1998 FC-PH,
T11-FC-FS, and T11-FC-SW-3 specifications and can run at 1G (1062.5
Mb), 2G (2125 Mb), 4G (4250 Mb). 1G / 2G (negotiable) or 2G / 4G
(negotiable) per second implementations are also available using
optional hardware-based speed negotiation feature. The core supports
class 1, 2, 3, 4 and F frames and the port-independent implementation
supports underlying functionality for all non-arbitrated loop port
types: N, F, E, and B.
License Pricing and Availability
The Xilinx LogiCORE 4Gbps Fibre Channel IP core (ordering code:
DO-DI-FC) is immediately available and priced at retail USD $18,000
for a site license with a one year maintenance contract included.
About Xilinx Virtex-4 Platform FPGAs
With today's 90nm Virtex-4 multi-platform FPGA family, designers
of logic, embedded processing, DSP, and high-speed serial applications
can select from 17 devices and three domain-optimized platforms.
A multi-platform approach makes it possible for customers to select
the optimal mix of resources for their application to achieve the
highest functionality and breakthrough performance at the lowest
cost. The Xilinx Virtex-4 FX platform is the world's only FPGA product
line to integrate dual PowerPC embedded cores. Named 2004 Product
of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine, Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs
deliver more options, higher performance and lower power than any
other FPGA family available today. Devices are shipping now. For
more information on the Virtex-4 product family, visit www.xilinx.com/virtex4.
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