Xilinx acquires Silexica as it looks to broaden its developer base
Xilinx has announced that it has acquired Silexica, a privately-held provider of C/C++ programming and analysis tools.
Silexica’s SLX FPGA tool suite supports developers building applications on FPGAs and Adaptive SoCs. The company’s technology will become integrated with the Xilinx Vitis unified software platform and will help to substantially reduce the learning curve for software developers building sophisticated applications on Xilinx technology.
Leveraging standard high-level synthesis tools from Xilinx, the SLX FPGA tool suite tackles non-synthesizable and non-hardware aware C/C++ code, detects application parallelism, inserts pragmas, and determines optimal software and hardware partitioning. This enables designing at a higher level of abstraction, orders of magnitude faster simulation, and a better result through high-level optimizations and design space exploration.
“Software programmability is imperative to our long-term goal to accelerate the path from software to application-optimised hardware systems,” explained Salil Raje, executive vice president and general manager, Data Center Group, Xilinx. “Silexica’s technology complements our existing Vitis solution and roadmap and will accelerate our ability to attract a wider range of developers seeking to leverage our heterogeneous computing architectures.”
“Silexica’s vision is to create a disruptive developer tool, one that closes the gap between the software and hardware developer domains,” said Maximilian Odendahl, former CEO of Silexica. “The integration of our technology with the Xilinx Vitis portfolio fully aligns with our goal of making adaptive computing accessible to software developers.”
Silexica was spun out of RWTH Aachen University in 2014 and it is headquartered in Cologne, Germany, with additional offices in Silicon Valley and Japan. It serves companies in the automotive, robotics, wireless communications, aerospace, and financial industries and has received $28 million in funding from international investors.
Financial details and the terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.