Rowan receives donation from Xilinx

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Xilinx, a company based in San Jose, Calif., has contributed $5,675 in software and hardware to the Rowan University Foundation. Since 1993, Rowan has benefited from Xilinx's University Donation Progr

Xilinx, a company based in San Jose, Calif., has contributed $5,675 in software and hardware to the Rowan University Foundation. Since 1993, Rowan has benefited from Xilinx's University Donation Program. This year's donation of Xilinx's ISE Foundation software upgrades Rowan's technology to the latest version currently used by the industry, preparing students for today's job market.

The donation provides a design and simulation tool for students studying computer science and engineering. Those areas use the software as an integral part of several academic courses, and the software enables students to design sophisticated electronic devices, such as electrical circuits, with fully programmable chips called Field Programmable Gate Arrays. The software is used for rapid prototyping, which cuts down on the time it takes to test and implement a functional electronic device.

According to Dr. Leigh Weiss, a computer science associate professor, "Students can program the chip with a simulated electric circuit and test it. If problems exist, students can erase what they've done, reprogram the chip and retest until operational."

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