Xilinx Announces CoolRunner-II Starter Kit for Hand-Held Devices

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable solutions, announced immediate availability of its low-cost CoolRunner(TM)-II CPLD starter kit — ideal for prototyping high volume, ultra low-power applications such as handheld devices, smartphones, motor control interface, and embedded CPLD applications. The kit enables users to quickly develop and test applications while reducing design time and risk by leveraging its modular board architecture approach with multiple boards designed to work together. The kit includes an evaluation board with eight expansion connectors; three modules including PS2, seven-segment display, and slide switch; ISE(TM) WebPack(TM) design software, and a vast array of reference designs to shrink development time. An optional peripheral module bundle consisting of A/D, D/A, motor control, stereo amplifier, serial port, and other modules expand the functionality.

“The CoolRunner-II starter kit together with the peripheral module expansion option makes it simple for us to prototype a wide variety of functions into our CPLD development. It really helps to have all the tools in an affordable starter kit,” said Steve Chang, product managing director for Mio Technology Ltd., one of the leading players in handheld navigation devices.

Xilinx recently announced double digit growth in CPLD revenues, driven by strong growth in portable consumer applications such as PDAs, smartphones, and MP3 players. The Xilinx(R) CoolRunner-II family of low-power CPLDs grew 30 percent quarter-to-quarter, thanks to their solid reputation in the industry as the leading low-cost, low-power CPLD.

“With over 40 thousand kits already distributed and solid growth in the market place, our growth continues as more and more portable design engineers begin to realize the time-to-market, low power and cost benefits of our CPLDs,” said Kevin Kitagawa, Director of High Volume Applications at Xilinx.

Pricing and Availability
The Xilinx(R) CoolRunner(TM)-II CPLD Starter Kit is immediately available from Xilinx distributors for USD $49.95. The optional CoolRunner-II CPLD Peripheral Module Bundle (includes eight different expansion module cards) is available for USD $99.00.

About CoolRunner-II CPLDs
Xilinx(R) CoolRunner(TM)-II CPLDs offer the lowest power consumption, highest I/O count per macrocell, and smallest packaging in the industry and are cost optimized to address the pricing pressure of products designed for a broad spectrum of applications. Available in densities ranging from 32 to 512 macrocells, the CoolRunner-II family achieves performance of up to 323 MHz and pin-to-pin delays as fast as 3.0ns while providing a standby power of less than 33 microwatts (<33uW), an industry first.

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions.