Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable chips and one of the largest fabless semiconductor companies, underscored its commitment to the high-growth Asia Pacific market at opening ceremonies for its new, expanded regional headquarters in Singapore. Located in the Changi Business Park, the new 20,000 square meter Xilinx Asia Pacific (XAP) headquarters can house up to 500 employees, providing four times the capacity of its previous on-site manufacturing facility and three times the in-house process development resources.
At the event, Xilinx Chairman, CEO and President Wim Roelandts disclosed plans for increased investment in local research and development (R&D), beginning with the immediate expansion of its Singapore operation. Established in January 2007, the current R&D team is focused on next-generation field programmable gate array (FPGA) design at 45 nanometer (nm) and below for high-performance applications, working closely with product divisions in the U.S., and R&D centers worldwide. With today’s news, the existing engineering team will be expanded to include next-generation FPGA design for high-volume, low-cost applications.
Roelandts also announced the formation of a joint lab at the Republic Polytechnic (RP), the company’s first in Southeast Asia. Donations in silicon and electronic design automation software will enable professors and students to be trained in embedded system design and development for a variety of end applications (e.g., video and audio quality enhancement technologies for digital entertainment).
And, in keeping with the company’s commitment to community relations at its regional locations worldwide — with an emphasis on health, education and social services — Roelandts awarded US$18,000 in donations to Community Chest, a division of Singapore’s National Council of Social Service. The funds will be disbursed to local non-profits, including HCA Hospice Care and the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH). In January 2007, the company donated US$30,000 to APSN (Association for Persons with Special Needs) Katong School, a special school for children with mild intellectual disabilities.
The guest of honor for the ceremony, Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, said: “I am glad that Xilinx has trusted Singapore with its key technology. Xilinx’s R&D team based here is the first in Singapore to design products based on the 45-nanometer technology node. This is a stamp of recognition for Singapore’s IC design abilities, and will help strengthen Singapore’s repute in the semiconductor industry.”
“Innovation must be done close to the customer,” commented Roelandts. “The excellent business environment in Singapore, in proximity to our customers in Asia Pacific, allows us to meet increased customer demand for programmable solutions in this rapidly growing, important market for digital consumer electronics. We’re proud to play a role in nurturing the talent pool and broadening support here in Singapore, in collaboration with local industry, academia and non-profit organizations.”
According to the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore has built up an integrated value chain of semiconductor activities over the past 30 years. The semiconductor industry now represents a significant component of Singapore’s growth, comprising almost 50 percent of total electronics output in Singapore. In 2006, Singapore produced about 10 percent of the world’s foundry wafer output. Over the past year, Singapore has attracted new investments by leading companies, such as Intel, Micron, Soitec, Qimonda, Siltronic and Samsung, cementing the country’s attractiveness as a high-value semiconductor hub.
“Since establishing our Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2004, Xilinx has experienced tremendous growth in the region,” added XAP managing director Peter Phang, “We remain the #1 PLD vendor in Asia Pacific, with 48 percent market segment share in CY2006, and shipments from XAP grew by more than 75 percent from approximately US$375 million in FY2006 to over US$675 million in FY2007. With today’s news, Xilinx is well positioned to continue to grow at an accelerated rate by meeting increased customer demand for programmable solutions in emerging application segments.”
According to independent research firm iSuppli, the Asia Pacific semiconductor market (excluding Japan) is projected to grow from US$134 billion in 2006 to US$206 billion in 2011, while the Asia Pacific programmable logic market (excluding Japan) will grow from US$1.2 billion in 2006 to US$1.9 billion in 2011. Today, Asia Pacific and Japan together account for nearly 40 percent of Xilinx total revenues of US$1.84 billion in FY2007 and is expected to account for over half of its worldwide business in the next few years.
About Xilinx Asia Pacific Headquarters
Established in Singapore in February 2004 with 80 employees, XAP is today a fully functional regional headquarters with more than 200 employees covering operational hub activities, such as product planning, supply chain management, product testing and shipping, as well as regional infrastructure support, such as finance, human resources, IT, sales operations, marketing and customer service. XAP has been testing and shipping programmable chips, including mainstream 130nm and advanced 90nm and 65nm devices, to customers across the region since April 2005. The company’s long-term goal is to have XAP fulfill the majority of its customers’ needs in Asia Pacific including Japan.
Earlier this year, the new XAP building was the first to be awarded the Green Mark Platinum Award, the highest recognition possible, by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) under the Singapore Ministry of National Development. The BCA Green Mark Scheme is a rating system used to evaluate a building for its environmental impact and performance.
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions.