Xilinx plans $50m investment in Irish electronic engineering operations

Xilinx currently employs over 250 at its EMEA headquarters where it operates a research, development, engineering and IT centre in Dublin along with centralised supply, finance, legal and HR functions.  The development was formally announced in Dublin by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D., and by Kevin Cooney, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe.  The new investment is supported by Irish government through IDA Ireland.

Commenting Minister Richard Bruton said: “Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is deepening and developing the impact of foreign direct investment here. We must not only seek to attract more investment and jobs from top multinational companies; we must also strive to ensure that more of them are carrying out strategic, high-value activities here based on research and development.”

The new investment and immediate recruitment will support the company’s high level development work for advanced technologies and products where the Irish arm already works in tandem with Xilinx’s Programmable Platforms Group (PPG) at corporate headquarters in the United States.  PPG is a global organization responsible for development and delivery of the company’s industry-leading  ‘All Programmable’ product portfolio, including 7 series FPGAs, Zynq-7000 SoCs, Virtex-7 3D ICs and Vivado Design Suite.

Kevin Cooney, Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe said: “We’re very pleased with this investment, which endorses the quality of advanced engineering and product development work being undertaken by Xilinx Ireland where everyone is an important contributor to the global success of the corporation.  This expansion will provide a range of valuable career development opportunities for experienced engineers, as we continue to fulfil our strategic development responsibilities in Ireland.  At the same time, it’s symbolic of our steadfast commitment to pioneering ‘all programmable’ technology innovation – far beyond our programmable logic roots – aimed at increasing customer value and expanding our reach to a broad base of design engineers and system architects.”

Xilinx is a leading provider of All Programmable technologies and devices, with $2.2bnB in revenues in fiscal year 2012 and nearly 50 percent market share in the programmable logic device (PLD) market, one of the fastest growing segments of the semiconductor industry.  . 

The investment by Xilinx will fuel the development of faster and more powerful programmable semiconductor microchips that will be capable of processing even higher volumes of information within electronic systems.  Using these new Xilinx devices will enable developers and manufacturers to create higher performance systems, products and technologies.


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