Xilinx is the world's leading provider of complete programmable logic solutions. Xilinx develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, and IP cores as pre-defined system-level functions. Customers use Xilinx and its partners to automate software tools and IP verification devices to program, to complete a specific logical operation. Founded in 1984, Xilinx pioneered the field of programmable logic arrays (FPGA) this innovative technology, and in 1985 the first commercial products. Xilinx now meets more than half of the world's FPGA products. The Xilinx product line also includes complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs). CPLDs are often faster than FPGAs in some control applications, but provide fewer logic resources. Xilinx programmable logic solutions shorten the time that electronic device manufacturers develop their products and accelerate time to market, reducing the risk to manufacturers. Using Xilinx programmable devices, customers can design and verify their circuits faster than traditional methods such as fixed logic gate arrays. And, since Xilinx devices are standard parts that only require programming, customers do not have to wait for samples or pay a significant cost as with fixed-logic chips. Xilinx products have been widely used from wireless telephone base stations to DVD players in digital electronic application technology. Traditional semiconductor companies have only a few hundred customers, and Xilinx has more than 7,500 customers and more than 50,000 design start-ups around the world. Customers include Alcatel, Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Nortel, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, Oracle and Toshiba.