£5 million investment in Xilinx's 5G research in Edinburgh

California-based Xilinx has invested £4.9 million to develop technologies for wireless communication applications related to 5G.

5G will revolutionise the way that we communicate. It’s all about securely connecting billions of devices faster to help usher in the era of the Internet of Things, with 1000 times the network capacity for 100 times the number of connected devices and machines. It’s expected that there will be over 50 billion connected devices by 2020.

The technology that Xilinx will be working on in Edinburgh will help solve the capacity, connectivity and performance challenges that 5G presents.

Dr Colin Carruthers, director of Xilinx Scotland, said: “We are very excited to be at the centre of this truly innovative research and development. This is a unique opportunity to define and develop the technologies that will enable next generation wireless communication devices.

“Scotland has a long history of invention and innovation, and it is a privilege to be able to help architect the communication platforms of the future.”

Dr Colin Carruthers, director of Xilinx Scotland

A centre of excellence in Scotland

Xilinx is a provider of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). An FPGA is an integrated circuit designed to be configured by a customer or designer after manufacturing. With over 3,500 patents and annual revenues of more than £2 billion, Xilinx is an important player in the global tech market.

The company has a long history in Scotland. Xilinx set up in Edinburgh in 1993 after acquiring a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh called Algotronix. It was the first research and development (R&D) experience for the company outside of North America. Edinburgh is now an R&D hub for Xilinx, where it employs 42 staff.

Xilinx Scotland focuses on semiconductor design, also called chip design. Semiconductors are the ‘brains’ that control different functions within the electronic devices that we use on a daily basis, such as mobile phones, cars and computers.

With this new investment into developing products for future communications systems, Xilinx believes that its Edinburgh R&D centre will become a centre of excellence within the company.

The centre will be supported by a £1.01 million R&D grant through Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency, creating 12 new jobs and protecting 30 existing jobs.

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