Xilinx, Inc. (ZY-Links) is an American technology company that is primarily a supplier of logical hardware programming. The company invented a field programmable gate set (FPGA). It is a semiconductor company that created the first fabless manufacturing model. The company was jointly founded by Ross Freeman, Bernard Vonderschmidt, and James Barnett II in 1984, and the company announced its shares on nasdaq in 1989. Xilinx was founded in Silicon Valley in 1984 and is based in San Jose, USA, with additional offices in Longmont, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Singapore; Hyderabad, India; Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Brisbane, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.Come for Bill Carter, Xilinx Fellow, xilinx's choice refers to the chemical chemical symbol of Silicon Silicon. 'X's at each end represents logic blocks for programming. "linx" represents programmable links that connect logic blocks together. Xilinx sells a wide range of FPGAs, complex programmable logical devices (CPLDs), design tools, IP and reference designs. Xilinx customers represent just over half of the entire logic market for programming, at 51%. Altera (Now Intel) is xilinx's strongest competitor with 34% of the market. The other major players in this market are Aktel (Now Microsemi), and Lattice Semiconductors.