Xilinx acquires German computer software firm Silexica

Chipmaker Xilinx has announced that it will acquire German software company Silexica.

This comes as Xilinx itself is in the middle of its acquisition by chipmaking giant AMD. The company was purchased by AMD for $35 billion last year to take up its competitor, NVIDIA after NVIDIA acquired Arm Holdings for a record $40 billion.

Xilinx said that the company is planning to integrate Silexica’s SLX FPGA tool suite with its Xilinx Vitis unified software platform to allow software developers to build “sophisticated applications” with Xilinx’s technology.

Maximilian Odendahl, former CEO of Silexica, said that the company’s vision is to “create a disruptive developer tool – one that closes the gap between the software and hardware developer domains”, and its joining forces with Xilinx’s portfolio “fully aligns with [their] goal of making adaptive computing accessible to software developers.”

“We are excited to continue the journey as part of the Xilinx Vitis team,” he added.

“Software programmability is imperative to our long-term goal to accelerate the path from software to application-optimized hardware systems,” says Salil Raje, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Xilinx’s Data Centre Group.

“Silexica’s technology complements our existing Vitis solution and roadmap and will accelerate our ability to attract a wider range of developers seeking to leverage our heterogeneous computing architectures.” he continued.

Financial details and terms of the transaction are yet to be disclosed.