OCTOBER 10--Xilinx Inc. (Belfast, Northern Ireland; www.xilinx.com), a leader in programmable logic solutions, announced a major financial and technology support collaboration for a significant new research project at Queens University Belfast. The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queens will carry out collaborative research, experimentation, and development with Xilinx at a new Programmable Systems Laboratory, established with the multinational corporation's support. Xilinx will fund high-level research activity while also donating advanced technologies in a move designed to yield new concepts in semiconductor design for future telecommunications networks. The high-level research project has been named PIPPIN (Programmable IC Platforms for Programmable IP Networks).
Xilinx has an advanced international research & development, design, and operations center in Dublin, where the company's European headquarters is also located. Engineers at the Dublin center and the company's corporate headquarters in California will work closely with the Queens University team. Xilinx will provide the development environment for the university's new concepts. This will include availability of high-end programmable devices, software and design tools to enable research on implementation techniques and applications.
In the past twelve months, Xilinx invested more than US$ 220 million in the research and development of new technology. The company holds more than 800 patents from its inventions.