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Xilinx Press Release # 0469

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS ADVISORY

XILINX CO-FOUNDER BERNARD "BERNIE" VONDERSCHMITT PASSES AWAY

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 9, 2004 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today sadly announced the passing of Bernard (Bernie) V. Vonderschmitt, Xilinx co-founder, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman of the Board. Vonderschmitt died earlier today in his hometown of Jasper, Indiana.

"This is a very sad day for Xilinx and the entire semiconductor industry. So much of the success Xilinx enjoys today can be attributed to Bernie's foresight, business acumen and ingenuity," said Wim Roelandts, Xilinx Chairman and CEO. "Over the years I have been so grateful for his guidance, his caring for every employee, and his humble approach. He will truly be missed."

Vonderschmitt began his illustrious career as an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry at RCA, where he received the David Sarnoff award in recognition for his contribution to the invention of the color television. In 1984, at the age of 60, he co-founded Xilinx. His strategic vision and humanistic leadership style helped Xilinx become the world's largest programmable logic supplier with over $1 billion in sales. At Xilinx Vonderschmitt helped to pioneer the field of programmable logic, a multi-billion dollar industry today. He is also credited with pioneering the fabless semiconductor model adopted by many leading semiconductor companies around the world. Known throughout the industry for his accomplishments, Vonderschmitt was the recipient of numerous industry awards including the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) 2002 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.

John East, CEO of Actel, a programmable logic company located in Mountain View, Calif., said "Having gone toe-to-toe with Bernie for a decade I know two things for sure: Bernie was a world class competitor and a world class human being. The valley will be a lesser place without him."

In addition to his many contributions to the semiconductor industry, Vonderschmitt gave generously to the community, including his alma mater, the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology located in Terra Haute, Ind. and Bay Area charities such as the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Santa Clara County Children's Shelter.

Private funeral services will be held tomorrow with public memorial services planned for the near future. Those wishing to honor Vonderschmitt are asked to send donations to the Humane Societies of Jasper, Indiana or Silicon Valley.

About Xilinx
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Editorial contact:
Tamara Snowden
Xilinx Public Relations
(408) 879-6146
tamara.snowden@xilinx.com

 
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