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Intersil's New Point-of-Load Power Solution Now Approved for Xilinx's Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGA Multi-Gigabit Transceiver Evaluation Kits

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Intersil Corporation
1001 Murphy Ranch Rd.
Milpitas, CA, 95035

Press release date: June 8, 2010

New state-of-the-art ISL6442MGTX evaluation kit to be available from Intersil

MILPITAS, CA - Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and power management semiconductors, has developed a compact high-performance point-of-load power solution for the Spartan®-6 FPGA SP623 and Virtex®-6 FPGA ML623 evaluation kits from industry-leader Xilinx Corporation.

The new Intersil POL power solution has been designed to support all Multi-Gigabit Transceiver (MGT) power requirements. It has been constructed using the Intersil ISL6442 triple output DC/DC controller, which delivers a high frequency power solution for the Multi-Gigabit Transceivers available on the Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGAs. The evaluation kit also incorporates the Intersil ISL22317 Digitally Controller Potentiometer (DCP), which can dynamically change the output voltages as required. The ISL22317 was selected because of its high accuracy.

The triple-output ISL6442 is ideal for powering the Xilinx FPGAs. It integrates complete control, monitoring and protection functions for two synchronous buck PWM controllers plus a linear regulator controller. Input voltage ripple and total RMS input current is reduced by synchronized 180° out-of-phase operation of the two PWMs.

Customers will soon be able to order this state-of-the-art ISL6442MGTX solution for the MGT transceiver from Intersil.

"We are very pleased to be working closely with Xilinx on this advanced, high performance solution," said Peter Oaklander, senior vice president, power management products group at Intersil. "Our design teams worked diligently to meet the company's detailed specifications for fast transient response, ripple and compact footprint, among others. We have delivered a solution that has now completed testing with the high-performance Virtex-6 FPGA and low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA silicon foundations for Xilinx targeted design platforms."

"Intersil's design and engineering teams met a very rigorous set of specifications that we provided them for this project," said Xilinx Sr. Director, Platform Solutions and Services Marketing Tim Erjavec. "The integrated transceivers in our Xilinx FPGAs are highly valued by our customers and powering them accurately is a critical piece of any design that relies on them."

About Intersil Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog, mixed signal, and power management semiconductors. The Company's products address some of the industry's fastest growing markets, such as flat panel displays, cell phones, notebooks and other handheld systems. Intersil's product families address power management functions and analog signal processing functions. Intersil products include ICs for battery management, hot-plug controllers, linear regulators, power sequencers, supervisory ICs, bridge drivers, PWM controllers, switching DC/DC regulators, Zilker Labs Digital Power ICs and power MOSFET drivers; optical storage laser diode drivers; DSL line drivers; D2Audio products; video and high-performance operational amplifiers; high-speed data converters; interface ICs; analog switches and multiplexers; crosspoint switches; voice-over-IP devices; and ICs for military, space and radiation-hardened applications. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit the Company's web site and career page at

About Xilinx Xilinx is the world's leading provider of programmable platforms. For more information, visit

XILINX, the Xilinx logo, ISE, Virtex, Spartan and other designated brands included herein are trademarks of Xilinx in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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