Xilinx, Inc.’s XLNX Zynq UltraScale+ family of microprocessor system-on-chips (MPSoC) has been deemed Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3, HFT1 capable, per IEC 61508 functional-safety specification of Exida Functional Safety Certification Authority.
This certification is another feather in the cap of Xilinx’s Zynq portfolio. Notably, its radio-frequency SoC (RFSoC) platform is already gaining momentum for its powerful technology.
This evaluation and certification will allow developers to use the MPSoC platform in AI-based safety-critical applications of up to SIL 3, in industrial 4.0 platforms of future generations of automotive, aerospace and AI systems.
Zynq: A Major Growth Driver
Xilinx’s ongoing transition from a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) provider to an all-programmable devices producer has been helping the company gain market share. Its expanding product portfolio, which includes the Zynq RFSoC platform, is assisting it to counter intense competition from the likes of Intel INTC.
The company’s Zynq portfolio, which is implemented in both the 28-nm and 16-nm node, recorded solid top-line growth in second-quarter fiscal 2019 results.
Revenues from the company’s Zynq products surged 70% year over year, driven by robust demand in automotive mostly advanced driver assist systems, industrial and communications markets. The platform contributed 18% of total revenues.
The UltraScale+ Architechture
Xilinx’s UltraScale families feature multiple nodes from planar through FinFET technologies. The UltraScale+ architecture also includes the Ultrascale+ FPGAs, whose demand by data-center operators for providing FPGA-as-a-Service (FaaS) makes us optimistic about its prospects.
Amazon AMZN was the first to use Xilinx chips and started offering FaaS last year. The company’s leadership position in China market with regard to FaaS expanded with Alibaba BABA moving from beta to general access.
Driven by such strong product portfolio, the stock has appreciated 25.6% year to date compared with S&P 500’s rally of 0.6%.
Xilinx currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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