There’s a very big reason that explains why Xilinx won this award.
Equipped with the right IP and software, Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs can implement single-chip systems, replacing ASSPs and ASICs entirely. This capability is critical in leading-edge applications where shipping volumes have not yet become—and may never become—sufficiently large to attract the ASSP vendors or to justify the NRE associated with cutting-edge, nanometer ASIC development.
This is precisely the current situation for networking products that implement 100G and 400G Ethernet and other equally high-speed networking protocols including OTN.
Quite simply, there is no better way to implement these products—especially with the introduction of the latest Xilinx 20nm UltraScale and 16nm UltraScale+ devices.
Xilinx owns 100% of the 400G Ethernet platforms announced to date.
The Leading Lights awards are the telecom industry's most prestigious awards program and focus on next-generation communications technologies, applications, services, and strategies. Xilinx won the 2015 Leading Lights award for Outstanding Components Vendor out of a field of seven finalists in the category.