For Victor Peng, becoming CEO at programmable logic chipmaker Xilinx may have come with a few benefits, but a better parking space wasn’t included.

“We don’t do that around here,” laughed Peng during a meeting in his office at Xilinx’s San Jose headquarters. “That’s not something I would want to instill, either.”

Peng is fairly new to the CEO chair, having taken on his job at Xilinx in late January. That doesn’t mean he was unfamiliar with what Xilinx does, as he joined the company in 2008, and served a stint as chief operating officer before taking over from former Xilinx CEO Moshe Gavrielov under a company succession plan.

Peng faced Wall Street analysts recently, and laid out plans for Xilinx to boost its spending this year by 10 percent, and put more emphasis on artificial intelligence technologies. Prior to that meeting, he talked about matters such as where Xilinx sees its future growth opportunities and where consumers might encounter the company’s products.

His comments have been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Xilinx has been known in the semiconductor market for a long time for its programmable logic products. How would you describe what that, and Xilinx is, for the average person who might not be up on everything in the chip sector?

A: People are more familiar with semiconductors like CPUs (central processing units) or, now, GPUs (graphic processor units) that are popular in gaming. Those products are fixed and can’t be modified. A programmable logic device, which is a form that Xilinx invented, is a semiconductor device that, at the hardware level, at the lowest level, can be modified. And since you can modify it, there’s a lot of flexibility that goes well beyond what other devices can do.

And because of that, our products are in an incredible amount of other products and applications. If you use the internet, it’s highly likely that what you are doing is going to be routed through some communications infrastructure that uses our technology. If you place a phone call, all the base stations have a lot of Xilinx technology in them. We’re in drones. We’re in robots. The Mars Land Rover had a Xilinx product in it. We’re in cars and their advanced driving systems. We’re in so many devices because of this great flexibility we have down at the hardware level.

Q: What are some of the industries you see Xilinx going after, or that are …read more

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