CHIPS Alliance Announces Xilinx as its Newest Member

  • February 3, 2022

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Xilinx to continue to drive forward open source FPGA innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3, 2022 – CHIPS Alliance, the leading consortium advancing common and open hardware for interfaces, processors and systems, today announced that Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) has joined the CHIPS Alliance organization. Xilinx is a leader in adaptive computing, providing highly-flexible programmable silicon, enabled by a suite of advanced software and tools to drive rapid innovation across a wide span of industries and technologies – from consumer to cars to the cloud.

“Xilinx has long been an advocate of open standards and open source,” said Tomas Evensen, CTO Open Source at Xilinx. “As a member of the CHIPS Alliance, we look forward to continuing to spearhead open FPGA initiatives to give everyone the opportunity to innovate faster and do more with their designs.”

Xilinx collaborated with longstanding CHIPS Alliance members Antmicro and Google to develop the FPGA Interchange Format, which helps to lower design barriers by enabling interoperability between open and closed source FPGA toolchains. Xilinx designed its RapidWright open source platform to work with the Interchange Format. RapidWright enables users to customize implementations to their unique challenges and provides a design methodology using pre-implemented modules with a gateway to back-end tools in Vivado.

“As the inventor of the FPGA, Xilinx is one of the key companies driving forward innovation in this market,” said Rob Mains, General Manager at CHIPS Alliance. “Xilinx has already been working closely with several CHIPS Alliance members around open source efforts, so it’s great to have them under the CHIPS Alliance umbrella as we plan to boost our FPGA efforts this year.”

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About the CHIPS Alliance

The CHIPS Alliance is an organization which develops and hosts high-quality, open source hardware code (IP cores), interconnect IP (physical and logical protocols), and open source software development tools for design, verification, and more. The primary focus is to provide a barrier-free collaborative environment, to lower the cost of developing IP and tools for hardware development. The CHIPS Alliance is hosted by the Linux Foundation. For more information, visit

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation was founded in 2000 and has since become the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Today, the Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and its projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more. The Linux Foundation focuses on employing best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, visit