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United States
Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
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Annual report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
For the fiscal year ended April 1, 2017
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Commission File Number 000-18548
Xilinx, Inc.
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Xilinx, Inc.
Form 10-K
For the Fiscal Year Ended April 1, 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PART I

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be found throughout this Annual Report and particularly in Items 1. "Business" and 3. "Legal Proceedings" which contain discussions concerning our development efforts, strategy, new product introductions, backlog and litigation. Forward-looking statements involve numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed or implied. Such risks include, but are not limited to, those discussed throughout this document as well as in Item 1A. "Risk Factors." Often, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words, such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "plan," "intend," "project" and other similar terminology, or the negative of such terms. We disclaim any responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statement provided in this Annual Report or in any of our other communications for any reason.

ITEM 1.
BUSINESS

Xilinx, Inc. (Xilinx, the Company or we) designs and develops programmable devices and associated technologies, including:

integrated circuits (ICs) in the form of programmable logic devices (PLDs), including programmable System on Chips (SoCs) and three-dimensional ICs (3D ICs);
software design tools to program the PLDs;
software development environments and embedded platforms;
targeted reference designs;
printed circuit boards; and
intellectual property (IP), which consists of Xilinx and various third-party verification and IP cores.

In addition to its programmable platforms, Xilinx provides design services, customer training, field engineering and technical support.

Our PLDs include field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) that our customers program to perform desired logic functions, and programmable SoCs, which combine industry standard ARM processor-based systems with programmable logic in a single device. We also design and develop 3D ICs, which consist of a combination of FPGAs, transceivers and a wide memory interface in a single package to exceed the capacity and bandwidth of monolithic devices. Our product portfolio is designed to provide high integration and quick time-to-market for electronic equipment manufacturers in sub-segments such as wireline and data center, wireless, aerospace and defense, test and measurement, industrial, scientific and medical, automotive, audio, video and broadcast and consumer.

We sell our products and services through independent domestic and foreign distributors and through direct sales to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronic manufacturing service providers (EMS). Sales are generated by these independent distributors, independent sales representative or our direct sales organization.

Xilinx was founded and incorporated in California in February 1984. In April 1990, the Company was reincorporated in Delaware. Our corporate facilities and executive offices are located at 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124, and our website address is www.xilinx.com.

Industry Overview

There are three principal types of ICs used in most digital electronic systems: processors, which generally are utilized for control and computing tasks; memory devices, which are used for storing program instructions and data; and logic devices, which generally are used to manage the interchange and manipulation of digital signals within a system. Xilinx designs and develops PLDs, a type of logic device. Alternatives to PLDs may include application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application specific standard products (ASSPs). PLDs, ASICs and ASSPs may be utilized in many of the same types of electronic systems. However, differences in unit pricing, development cost, product performance, reliability, power consumption, capacity, features and functionality, ease of use and time-to-market determine which devices are best-suited for specific applications.


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PLDs have key competitive advantages over ASICs and ASSPs, including:

Faster time-to-market and increased design flexibility. Both of these advantages are enabled by Xilinx desktop software which allows users to implement and revise their designs quickly. In contrast, ASICs and ASSPs require significant development time and offer limited, if any, flexibility to make design changes.
PLDs are standard components. This means that the same device can be sold to many different users for a myriad of applications. In sharp contrast, ASICs and ASSPs are customized for an individual user or a specific application.

PLDs are generally disadvantaged in terms of relative device size when compared to chips that are designed to perform a fixed function in a single or small set of applications. ASICs and ASSPs tend to be smaller than PLDs performing the same fixed function, resulting in a lower unit cost. However, there is a high fixed cost associated with ASIC and ASSP development that is not applicable to PLD customers. This fixed cost of ASIC and ASSP development is expected to significantly increase on next generation technology nodes. From a total cost of development perspective, ASICs and ASSPs have generally been more cost effective when used in high-volume production, and PLDs have generally been more cost effective when used in low- to mid-volume production. However, we expect PLDs to be able to address higher volume applications and gain market share from ASIC and ASSP suppliers as the fixed cost of ASIC and ASSP development increases on next generation technology nodes.

An overview of typical PLD end market applications for our products is shown in the following table:

End Markets
 
Sub-Segments
 
Applications
 
 
 
 
 
Communications & Data Center
 
Wireless
 
   3G/4G/5G Base Stations
 
 
 
 
   Wireless Backhaul
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wireline and Data Center
 
   Enterprise Routers and Switches
 
 
 
 
   Metro Optical Networks
 
 
 
 
•   Data Centers
 
 
 
 
•   High Performance Computing
 
 
 
 
 
Industrial, Aerospace & Defense
 
Industrial, Scientific and Medical
 
   Factory Automation
 
 
 
 
•   Medical Imaging
 
 
 
 
•   Machine Vision
 
 
 
 
   Augmented Reality
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Test and Measurement
 
   Semiconductor Test and Measurement Equipment
 
 
 
 
   ASIC Emulation and Prototyping
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerospace and Defense
 
   Secure Communications
 
 
 
 
   Avionics
 
 
 
 
   Electronic Warfare and Surveillance
 
 
 
 
 
Broadcast, Consumer &
 
Consumer
 
   Digital Televisions
     Automotive
 
 
 
   Multifunction Printers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Automotive
 
   Driver Assistance Systems
 
 
 
 
   Driver Information Systems
 
 
 
 
   Infotainment Systems
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Audio, Video and Broadcast
 
•   Post Production Equipment
 
 
 
 
•   Broadcast Cameras
 
 
 
 
 

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Strategy and Competition

Our strategy for growth is the displacement of ASICs and ASSPs in the development of next generation electronic systems. The costs and risks associated with application-specific devices can only be justified for high-volume or highly-specialized commodity products. Programmable platforms, alternatively, are becoming critical for our customers to meet increasingly stringent product requirements - cost, power, performance and density - in a business environment characterized by increased complexity, shrinking market windows, rapidly changing market demands, capped engineering budgets, escalating ASIC and ASSP engineering costs and increased economic and development risk.

With every new generation of FPGAs, our strategy is to increase the performance, density and system-level functionality and integration, while driving down cost and power consumption at each manufacturing process node. This enables us to provide simpler, smarter programmable platforms and design methodologies allowing our customers to focus on innovation and differentiation of their products.

Our PLDs compete in the logic IC industry, an industry that is intensely competitive and characterized by rapid technological change, increasing levels of integration, product obsolescence and continuous price erosion.  We expect continued competition from our primary PLD competitors such as Intel Corporation (Intel), Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice) and Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi), and from ASSP vendors such as Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. (Marvell) and Texas Instruments Incorporated (Texas Instruments), as well as from companies such as NVIDIA with whom we traditionally have not participated in competing markets. In addition, we expect continued competition from the ASIC market, which has been ongoing since the inception of FPGAs. Other competitors include manufacturers of:

high-density programmable logic products characterized by FPGA-type architectures;
high-volume and low-cost FPGAs as programmable replacements for ASICs and ASSPs;
ASICs and ASSPs with incremental amounts of embedded programmable logic;
high-speed, low-density CPLDs;
high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) devices;
products with embedded processors;
products with embedded multi-gigabit transceivers; and
other new or emerging programmable logic products.

We believe that important competitive factors in the logic IC industry include:

product pricing;
time-to-market;
product performance, reliability, quality, power consumption and density;
field upgradability;
adaptability of products to specific applications;
ease of use and functionality of software design tools;
availability and functionality of predefined IP;
inventory and supply chain management;
access to leading-edge process technology and assembly capacity;
ability to provide timely customer service and support; and
access to advanced packaging technology.

Silicon Product Overview

A brief overview of the silicon product offerings is listed in the table below. These products comprise the majority of our revenues. Additionally, some of our more mature product families have been excluded from the table, although they continue to generate revenues. We operate and track our results in one operating segment for financial reporting purposes.

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Product Families
PLDs
Date Introduced
Virtex UltraScale+
January 2016
Kintex UltraScale+
December 2015
Zynq UltraScale+
September 2015
Virtex UltraScale
May 2014
Kintex UltraScale
November 2013
Zynq-7000
March 2011
Virtex-7
June 2010
Kintex-7
June 2010
Artix-7
June 2010
Virtex-6
February 2009
Spartan-6
February 2009
Virtex-5
May 2006

See information under the caption "Results of Operations - Net Revenues" in Item 7. "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" for information about our revenues from our product families. See also "Note 15. Segment Information" to our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8. "Financial Information and Supplementary Data" for information regarding segments.

UltraScale+ Product Families

The UltraScale+ portfolio consists of three product families, and is manufactured using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited's (TSMC) 16 nanometer (nm) FinFET+ process. The UltraScale+ portfolio includes FPGAs, 3D IC technology, and Multi- Processing System on a Chip (MPSoCs) products, combining new memory, 3D on 3D and multiprocessing SoC technologies.

The Zynq UltraScale+ product family represents the Company's second generation Programmable SoC family. This new family combines seven user programmable processors cores including a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A53 Application Processing Unit, a 32-bit dual-core ARM Cortex R5 Real Time Processing Unit, and an ARM Mali 400 Graphics Processing Unit. These devices enable the development of next generation embedded vision, automotive, industrial Internet of things (IoT) and communication systems by providing significant increases in system level performance/watt and any-to-any connectivity with the security and safety required for next generation systems.
Kintex UltraScale+ devices provide a strong price/performance watt balance in a FinFET node, delivering a very cost-effective solution for high-end capabilities including transceiver and memory interface line rates, as well as 100G connectivity cores. These devices are ideal for both packet processing and DSP-intensive functions, and are well suited for applications ranging from wireless technology to high-speed wired networking and data center.
Virtex UltraScale+ devices, which include industry-leading capabilities such as 32G Transceivers, Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen 4 integrated cores, and UltraRam on-chip memory technology, provide the required performance and integration needed for next generation data center, 400G and terabit wireline, test and measurement, and aerospace and defense applications.

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UltraScale Product Families

These devices deliver an ASIC-class advantage, based on the UltraScale architecture and utilizing TSMC's 20SoC gate density process. These devices deliver next generation routing, ASIC-like clocking, and enhancements to logic and fabric to eliminate interconnect bottlenecks while supporting consistent device utilization.

Kintex UltraScale FPGAs represent the Company's second generation mid-range FPGA family. These devices offer high price-performance at the lowest power.  Kintex UltraScale devices are designed to meet the requirements for the growing number of key applications including next generation wireline and wireless communications and ultra-high definition displays and equipment.
Virtex UltraScale devices provide advanced levels of performance, system integration and bandwidth on a single chip. The largest family member delivers 4.4M logic cells, more than doubling Xilinx's industry's highest capacity device and delivering 50M equivalent ASIC gates. Virtex UltraScale devices are expected to be used in the industry's most challenging applications including: 400G communication applications, high performance computing, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, and ASIC emulation and prototyping.

28nm Product Families

The 28nm product families are fabricated on a high-K metal gate, high performance and low power 28nm process technology. These product families are based on a scalable and optimized architecture, which enables design, IP portability and re-use across all families as well as provides designers the ability to achieve the appropriate combination of I/O support, performance, feature quantities, packaging and power consumption to address a wide range of applications. The 28nm product families include:

Virtex-7 FPGAs, including 3D ICs, are optimized for applications requiring the highest capacity, performance, DSP and serial connectivity with transceivers operating up to 28G. Target applications include 400G and 100G line cards, high-performance computing and test and measurement applications.
Kintex-7 FPGAs represent Xilinx's first mid-range FPGA family. These devices maximize price-performance and performance per watt. Target applications include wireless LTE infrastructure, video display technology and medical imaging.
Artix-7 FPGAs offer the lowest power and system cost at higher performance than alternative high volume FPGAs. These devices are targeted to high volume applications such as handheld portable ultrasound devices, multi-function printers and software defined radios.
The Zynq-7000 family is the first family of Xilinx programmable SoCs. This new class of product combines an industry-standard ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore processing system with Xilinx 28nm architecture. There are five devices in the Zynq-7000 SoC family that allow designers to target cost sensitive as well as high-performance applications from a single platform using industry-standard tools. These devices are designed to enable incremental market opportunities in applications such as industrial motor control, driver assistance and smart surveillance systems, and smart heterogeneous wireless networks.
Spartan-7 FPGAs offer the best performance and power consumption in their class, along with small form factor packaging to meet the most stringent requirements. These devices are ideally suited for industrial, consumer, and automotive applications including any-to-any connectivity, sensor fusion, and embedded vision.

40nm and 45nm Product Families

The Virtex-6 FPGA family consists of 13 devices and is the sixth generation in the Virtex series of FPGAs. Virtex-6 FPGAs are fabricated on a high-performance 40nm process technology. There are three Virtex-6 families, and each is optimized to deliver different feature mixes to address a variety of markets.

The Spartan-6 FPGA family, is fabricated on a low-power 45nm process technology. The Spartan-6 family is the PLD industry's only 45nm high-volume FPGA family, consisting of 11 devices in two product families.

Other Product Families

Prior generation Virtex families include Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Virtex-II Pro, Virtex-II and the original Virtex family. Spartan family FPGAs include Spartan-3 FPGAs, the Spartan-3E family and the Spartan-3A family. Prior generation Spartan families include Spartan-IIE, Spartan-II, Spartan XL and the original Spartan family.


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CPLDs operate on the lowest end of the programmable logic density spectrum. CPLDs are single-chip, nonvolatile solutions characterized by instant-on and universal interconnect. CPLDs combine the advantages of ultra-low power consumption with the benefits of high performance and low cost. Prior generations of CPLDs include the CoolRunner and XC9500 product families.

EasyPath FPGAs
    
EasyPath FPGAs offer customers a fast, simple method of cost-reducing FPGA designs. EasyPath FPGAs use the same production masks and fabrication process as standard FPGAs and are tested to a specific customer application to improve yield and lower costs. As a result, EasyPath FPGAs provide customers with significant cost reduction when compared to the standard FPGA devices without the conversion risk, engineering effort, or the additional time required to move to an ASIC. The latest generation of EasyPath FPGAs and EasyPath-7 FPGAs provide lower total product cost of ownership for cost-reducing high performance FPGAs.

Design Platforms and Services

Programmable Platforms

We offer three types of programmable platforms that support our customers' designs and reduce their development efforts:

The Base Platform is the delivery vehicle for all of our new silicon offerings used to develop and run customer-specific software applications and hardware designs. Released at launch, the Base Platform is comprised of: FPGA silicon; Vivado Design Suite design environment; integration support for optional third-party synthesis, simulation and signal integrity tools; reference designs; development boards and IP.

The Domain-Specific Platform targets one of the three primary Xilinx FPGA user profiles: the embedded processing developer; the DSP developer; or the logic/connectivity developer. It accomplishes this by augmenting the Base Platform with a targeted set of integrated technologies, including: higher-level design methodologies and tools; domain-specific IP including embedded, mixed signal, video, DSP and connectivity; domain-specific development hardware and reference designs; and operating systems and software.

The Market-Specific Platform enables software or hardware developers to quickly build and run their specific application or solution. Built for specific markets such as automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications, audio, video and broadcast, industrial, or scientific and medical, the Market-Specific Platform integrates both the Base and Domain-Specific Platforms with higher targeted applications elements such as IP, reference designs and boards optimized for a particular market.

Design Tools

To accommodate the various design methodologies and design flows employed by the wide range of our customers' user profiles such as system designers, algorithm designers, software coders and logic designers, we provide the appropriate design environment tailored to each user profile for design creation, design implementation and design verification. In April 2012, Xilinx introduced the next-generation Vivado Design Suite designed to improve developer productivity resulting in faster design integration and implementation. The Vivado Design Suite hallmarks include an easy-to-use IP-centric design flow and significant improvement in run times. The standards-based Vivado tools include high-level synthesis to provide a more direct flow in retargeting DSPs and general purpose processor designs into our FPGAs, IP Integrator to rapidly stitch together cores at higher levels of abstraction, and a new analytical place-and-route engine which significantly improves run times. The Vivado Design Suite supports Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000, our programmable SoCs, as well as the Ultrascale and Ultrascale+ product generations.

The previous generation tool suite, the ISE Design Suite, supports Xilinx 7 series FPGAs, programmable SoCs and all previous generation FPGAs, enabling customers to transition to the Vivado Design Suite when the timing is right for their design needs. Both the Vivado Design Suite and ISE Design Suite operate with a wide range of third-party Electronic Design Automation software point-tools offerings.

In early 2015, Xilinx also introduced the SDx development environment, which has significantly expanded the Xilinx user base to include the broad community of systems and software engineers in both existing and new markets. This innovative development environment also enables end user and third party platform developers to rapidly define, integrate and verify system level solutions and provide their end customers with a customized programming environment. The SDx family includes the SDNet environment, which enables the easy creation of high-performance packet processing systems with high level user defined specifications and compilation to highly optimized FPGAs; the SDAccel environment for OpenCL, C and C++ software designers focusing on data center acceleration applications; and the SDSoC environment for All Programmable SoCs and MPSoCs.

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Intellectual Property

Xilinx and various third parties offer hundreds of no charge and fee-bearing IP core licenses covering Ethernet, memory controllers, Interlaken and PCIe interfaces, as well as an abundance of domain-specific IP in the areas of embedded, DSP and connectivity, and market-specific IP cores. In addition, our products and technology leverage industry standards such as ARM AMBA AXI-4 interconnect technology, IP-XACT and IEEE P1735 encryption to facilitate plug-and-play FPGA design and take advantage of the large ecosystem of ARM IP developers.

Development Boards, Kits and Configuration Products

In addition to the broad selection of legacy development boards presently offered, we have introduced a new unified board strategy that enables the creation of a standardized and coordinated set of base boards available both from Xilinx and our ecosystem vendors, all utilizing the industry-standard extensions that enable customization for market specific applications. Adopting this standard for all of our base boards enables the creation of a scalable and extensible delivery mechanism for all Xilinx programmable platforms.

We also offer comprehensive development kits including hardware, design tools, IP and reference designs that are designed to streamline and accelerate the development of domain-specific and market-specific applications.

Finally, Xilinx offers a range of configuration products including one-time programmable and in-system programmable storage devices to configure Xilinx FPGAs. These programmable read-only memory (PROM) products support all of our FPGA devices.

Third-Party Alliances

Xilinx and certain third parties have developed and continue to offer a robust ecosystem of IP, boards, tools, services and support through the Xilinx alliance program. Xilinx also works with these third parties to promote our programmable platforms through third-party tools, IP, software, boards and design services.

In May of 2016, Xilinx led the formation of the very broad Cache Coherent Interconnect Acceleration (CCIX) consortium with the singular goal of bringing a high performance, open acceleration framework to the data center market. As of March of 2017, this consortium had approximately 30 members, ranging from silicon providers to a rich ecosystem of partners including design, verification, software and system vendors.

Engineering Services

Xilinx engineering services provide customers with engineering resources to augment their design teams and to provide expert design-specific advice. Xilinx tailors its engineering services to the needs of its customers, ranging from hands-on training to full design creation and implementation.

Research and Development

Our research and development (R&D) activities are primarily directed towards the design of new ICs and the development of new software design automation tools for hardware and embedded software, the design of logic IP, the adoption of advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes for ongoing cost reductions, performance and signal integrity improvements and lowering PLD power consumption.

As a result of our R&D efforts, we have introduced a number of new products during the past several years including the Virtex, Kintex and Zynq UltraScale+, Virtex & Kintex UltraScale and Artix, Kintex, Virtex & Zynq 7 Series program families. We have enhanced our IP core offerings and introduced our next generation software design suite (Vivado) optimized for SDSoC, SDAccel and SDNet application development. Through process technology collaboration with our foundry suppliers along with strategic investment in EDA tools and improved design techniques, we have been the first PLD Company to ship 45nm high-volume, 28nm, 20nm and 16nm FPGA devices. Additionally, our investment in R&D has allowed us to ship the industry's first 28nm and 16nm devices with embedded ARM technology as well as the industry's first 3D IC devices on the 28nm and 20nm process nodes.

We believe technical leadership and innovation are essential to our future success, and we continue to invest in our technology. In fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, our R&D expenses were $601.4 million, $533.9 million and $525.7 million, respectively.


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Sales and Distribution

We sell our products to OEMs, EMS and to electronic components distributors who resell these products to OEMs and EMS.

We use a dedicated global sales and marketing organization, and to a lesser extent, independent sales representatives, to generate sales. In general, we focus our direct demand creation efforts on a limited number of key accounts. Distributors and independent sales representatives create demand within the balance of our customer base in defined territories. Distributors also provide inventory, value-added services and logistics for a wide range of our OEM customers.

Whether Xilinx, the distributor, or the independent sales representative identifies the sales opportunity, a local distributor will process and fulfill the majority of all customer orders. In such situations, distributors are the sellers of the products and as such they bear most legal and financial risks generally related to the sale of commercial goods, including such risks as credit loss, inventory shrinkage, theft and foreign currency fluctuations, but excluding certain indemnity and warranty liabilities.

In accordance with our distribution agreements and industry practice, we have granted our authorized distributors the contractual right to return certain amounts of unsold product on a periodic basis and also receive price adjustments for unsold product in the case of a change in list prices subsequent to the initial sale. Revenue recognition on shipments to distributors worldwide is deferred until the products are sold to the distributors' end customers.

Avnet, Inc. (Avnet) distributes the substantial majority of our products worldwide. As of April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016, Avnet accounted for 59% and 75%, respectively, of our total net accounts receivable. Resale of product through Avnet accounted for 44%, 50% and 43% of our worldwide net revenues in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. We also use other regional distributors throughout the world. We believe distributors provide a cost-effective means of reaching a broad range of customers while providing efficient logistics services. Since PLDs are standard products, they do not carry many of the inventory risks posed by ASICs. From time to time, we may add or terminate distributors in specific geographies, or move customers to a direct support or fulfillment model as we deem appropriate given our strategies, the level of distributor business activity and distributor performance and financial condition. See "Note 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Concentrations of Risk" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," for information about concentrations of credit risk and "Note 15. Segment Information" for information about our revenues from external customers and domestic and international operations.

No end customer accounted for more than 10% of our net revenues in fiscal 2017, 2016 or 2015.

Backlog

As of April 1, 2017, our backlog from OEM customers and backlog from end customers reported by our distributors scheduled for delivery within the next three months was $356.0 million, compared to $289.0 million as of April 2, 2016. Orders from end customers to our distributors are subject to changes in delivery schedules or to cancellation without significant penalty. As a result, backlog from both OEM customers and end customers reported by our distributors as of any particular period may not be a reliable indicator of revenue for any future period.

Wafer Fabrication

As a fabless semiconductor company, we do not manufacture wafers used for our IC products or PROMs. Rather, we purchase our wafers from independent foundries including TSMC, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung). TSMC manufactures the wafers for our newest products.

Precise terms with respect to the volume and timing of wafer production and the pricing of wafers produced by the semiconductor foundries are determined by periodic negotiations with each wafer foundry.

Our strategy is to focus our resources on market development and creating new ICs and software design tools rather than on wafer fabrication. We continuously evaluate opportunities to enhance foundry relationships and/or obtain additional capacity from our main suppliers as well as other suppliers of wafers manufactured with leading-edge process technologies, and we adjust loadings at particular foundries to meet our business needs.
  
Sort, Assembly and Test

Wafers are sorted by the foundry or independent sort subcontractors. Sorted die are assembled by subcontractors. During the assembly process, the wafers are separated into individual die, which are then assembled into various package types. Following

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assembly, the packaged units are generally tested by independent test subcontractors or by Xilinx personnel. We purchase most of our assembly services from Siliconware Precision Industries Ltd. and most of our test services from King Yuan Electronics Company in Taiwan.

Quality Certification

Xilinx has achieved and currently maintains quality management system certification to TL9000/ISO9001 for our facilities in San Jose, California; Longmont, Colorado; Singapore; and Hyderabad, India. In addition, Xilinx achieved and currently maintains ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 environmental health and safety management system certifications in the San Jose and Singapore locations.

Intellectual Property and Licenses

While our various proprietary intellectual property rights (including patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks) are important to our success, we believe our business as a whole is not materially dependent on any particular patent or license, or any particular group of patents or licenses. As of April 1, 2017, we held over 4,000 issued patents, which vary in duration, and over 500 pending patent applications relating to our proprietary technology in various jurisdictions around the world. We maintain an active program of filing for additional patents in the areas of, but not limited to, circuits, software, IC architecture, IP cores, system design, testing methodologies and other technologies relating to our products and business. We licensed portions of our patent portfolio to certain external parties and obtained patent licenses from certain third-parties as well.

We have acquired various licenses from third parties to certain technologies that are implemented in IP cores or embedded in our devices, such as processors. These licenses support our continuing ability to make and sell our products. We have also acquired various licenses to certain third-party proprietary software, open-source software, and related technologies, such as compilers, for our design tools.  Continued use of such software and technology is important to the operation of the design tools upon which customers depend.

We maintain the Xilinx trade name and trademarks, including the following trademarks that are registered in the U.S. and other countries: Xilinx, the Xilinx logo, Artix, CoolRunner, ISE, Kintex, Spartan, Virtex, Vivado, and Zynq. Maintaining these trademarks, and the goodwill associated with them, is important to our business. We have also obtained the rights to use certain trademarks owned by consortiums and other trademark owners that are related to our products and business.

We intend to continue to protect our intellectual property vigorously. We believe that failure to enforce our intellectual property rights or failure to protect our trade secrets effectively could have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. We incurred, and in the future we may continue to incur, litigation expenses to defend against claims of infringement and to enforce our intellectual property rights against third parties. However, any such litigation may or may not be successful.

Corporate Responsibility

Xilinx places a high level of importance on corporate responsibility. Through senior-level sponsorship, regular environmental, health and safety assessments and company-wide performance targets, we strive to achieve a culture that emphasizes contribution to local and global communities through a number of key initiatives:

Company

We strive to meet or exceed industry and regulatory standards for ethical business practices, product responsibility, and supplier management.  All of Xilinx's directors, officers and employees are required to comply not only with the letter of the laws, rules and regulations that govern the conduct of our business, but also with the spirit of those laws.

Environment

We continually monitor regulatory requirement and resource trends in order to identify, manage and control activities that have an environmental impact. We focus on the conservations of energy and natural resource, reducing the solid and chemical waste of our operations, avoiding and preventing pollution and minimizing our overall environmental impact with regards to the communities around us and consistent with global climate change efforts.


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Community

We are committed to growing strategic relationships with a wide range of local organizations and programs that are designed to develop and strengthen communities located around the world. Xilinx develops local community relationships at key sites through funding and involvement that encourages active participation, teamwork, and volunteerism. Xilinx supports opportunities initiated by its employees and that involve participation and empowerment of its employees. We are committed to charitable giving programs that work towards systemic change and measurable results.

Workplace

We provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Employee diversity and inclusion are embraced and opportunities for training, growth, and advancement are strongly encouraged.  The Xilinx Code of Social Responsibility outlines standards to ensure that working conditions at Xilinx are safe and that workers are treated with respect, fairness and dignity.

Employees

As of April 1, 2017, we had 3,831 employees compared to 3,458 as of the end of the prior fiscal year. None of our employees are represented by a labor union. We have not experienced any work stoppages and believe we maintain good employee relations.
Executive Officers of the Registrant
Certain information regarding the executive officers and persons chosen to become executive officers of Xilinx as of May 15, 2017 is set forth below:
Name
 
Age
 
Position
Moshe N. Gavrielov
 
62
 
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Lorenzo A. Flores
 
52
 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Steven L. Glaser
 
55
 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Marketing
Scott R. Hover-Smoot
 
62
 
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Victor Peng
 
57
 
Chief Operating Officer
Krishna Rangasayee
 
48
 
Executive Vice President of Global Sales

Vincent L. Tong
 
55
 
Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Quality

There are no family relationships among the executive officers of the Company or the Board of Directors.

Moshe N. Gavrielov joined the Company in January 2008 as President and CEO and was appointed to the Board of Directors in February 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gavrielov served at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation company, as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Verification Division from April 2005 through November 2007. Mr. Gavrielov served as CEO of Verisity Ltd., an electronic design automation company, from March 1998 to April 2005 before its acquisition by Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Prior to joining Verisity, Mr. Gavrielov spent nearly 10 years at LSI Corporation (formerly LSI Logic Corporation), a semiconductor manufacturer, in a variety of executive management positions, including Executive Vice President of the Products Group, Senior Vice President and General Manager of International Marketing and Sales and Senior Vice President and General Manager of LSI Logic Europe plc. Additionally, Mr. Gavrielov held various engineering and engineering management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and National Semiconductor Corporation.

Lorenzo A. Flores joined the Company in September 2008 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and CFO, a position he has held since May 2016. From July 2012 to May 2016, Mr. Flores served as Corporate Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller.  From September 2008 to June 2012 he served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Flores was Assistant Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Cognizant Technology Solutions, served as CFO of a venture funded startup, and spent ten years at Intel Corporation, a semiconductor chip maker, serving in a variety of positions, including Controller, Intel Architecture CPUs and Controller, Telecommunications and Embedded Group.   

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Steven L. Glaser joined the Company in January 2011 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Marketing, a position he has held since April 2012. From January 2011 to April 2012, he served as Corporate Vice President, Strategic Planning.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Glaser held various senior positions in Cadence Design Systems between April 2005 and January 2011, including Corporate Vice President of Strategic Development and Corporate Vice President of Marketing for the Verification Division.  From June 2003 to April 2005, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Verisity Ltd.   Prior to that, Mr. Glaser held various senior business and technical positions at companies in the semiconductor and electronic design automation industries.

Scott R. Hover-Smoot joined the Company in October 2007 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, a position he has held since May 2014. From October 2007 to May 2014, Mr. Hover-Smoot served as Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. From November 2001 to October 2007, Mr. Hover-Smoot served as Regional Counsel and Director of Legal Operations with TSMC, an independent semiconductor foundry. He served as Vice President and General Counsel of California Micro Devices Corporation, a provider of application-specific protection devices and display electronics devices from June 1994 to November 2001. Prior to joining California Micro Devices Corporation, Mr. Hover-Smoot spent over 20 years working in law firms including Berliner-Cohen, Flehr, Hohbach, Test, Albritton & Herbert and Lyon & Lyon.

Victor Peng joined the Company in April 2008 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since April 2017. From July 2014 to April 2017, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Products. From May 2013 through April 2014, Mr. Peng served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Programmable Platforms Group. From May 2012 through April 2013, he served as Senior Vice President of the Programmable Platforms Group. From November 2008 through April 2012, he served as Senior Vice President of the Programmable Platforms Development Group. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Peng served as Corporate Vice President, Graphics Products Group at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a provider of processing solutions, from November 2005 to April 2008. Prior to joining AMD, Mr. Peng served in a variety of executive engineering positions at companies in the semiconductor and processor industries. 
 
Krishna Rangasayee joined the Company in July 1999 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Global Sales, a position he has held since April 2017.  From January 2015 to April 2017, Mr. Rangasayee served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Sales and Markets.  From October 2013 to January 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Market Segments and Communications Business Unit.  From April 2012 to October 2013, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communications Business Unit.  Prior to that, he served in a number of key roles, including as Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Communications Unit, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Senior Director of Vertical Markets and Partnerships. Prior to joining Xilinx, Mr. Rangasayee held various positions at Altera, a provider of programmable logic solutions, and Cypress Semiconductor, a semiconductor company.

Vincent L. Tong joined the Company in May 1990 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Global Operations & Quality, a position he has held since May 2016. From January 2015 to May 2016, Mr. Tong served as Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Quality. He also has served as Executive Leader, Asia Pacific since October 2011.  Mr. Tong previously served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Quality and New Product Introductions from June 2008 to January 2015.  He has also served as Vice President, Worldwide Quality and Reliability from August 2006 to June 2008 and prior to that as Vice President of Product Technology from May 2001 to July 2006.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tong served in a variety of engineering and management positions at Monolithic Memories, a producer of logic devices, and AMD. He holds seven U.S. patents.

Additional Information

We make available, via a link through our investor relations website located at www.investor.xilinx.com, access to our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act) as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All such filings on our investor relations website are available free of charge. Printed copies of these documents are also available to stockholders without charge, upon written request directed to Xilinx, Inc., Attn: Investor Relations, 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, CA 95124. Further, a copy of this Annual Report on Form 10-K is located at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room can be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding our filings at http://www.sec.gov. The content on any website referred to in this filing is not incorporated by reference into this filing unless expressly noted otherwise.

Additional information required by this Item 1 is incorporated by reference to the section captioned "Net Revenues - Net Revenues by Geography" in Item 7. "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and to "Note

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15. Segment Information" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data."

This annual report includes trademarks and service marks of Xilinx and other companies that are unregistered and registered in the U.S. and other countries.

ITEM 1A.
RISK FACTORS

The following risk factors and other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K should be carefully considered. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only risks to the Company. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company, or that the Company's management currently deems immaterial, also may impair its business operations. If any of the risks described below were to occur, our business, financial condition, operating results and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

Our success depends on our ability to develop and introduce new products and failure to do so would have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

Our success depends in large part on our ability to develop and introduce new products that address customer requirements and compete effectively on the basis of price, density, functionality, power consumption and performance. Consolidation in our industry may increasingly mean that our competitors have greater resources, or other synergies, that provide them with a competitive advantage in those regards. The success of new product introductions is dependent upon several factors, including:

timely completion of new product designs;
ability to generate new design opportunities and design wins;
availability of specialized field application engineering resources supporting demand creation and customer adoption of new products;
ability to utilize advanced manufacturing process technologies on circuit geometries of 28nm and smaller;
achieving acceptable yields;
ability to obtain adequate production capacity from our wafer foundries and assembly and test subcontractors;
ability to obtain advanced packaging;
availability of supporting software design tools;
utilization of predefined IP logic;
customer acceptance of advanced features in our new products;
ability of our customers to complete their product designs and bring them to market; and
market acceptance of our customers' products.

Our product development efforts may not be successful, our new products may not achieve industry acceptance and we may not achieve the necessary volume of production that would lead to further per unit cost reductions. Revenues relating to our mature products are expected to decline in the future, which is normal for our product life cycles. As a result, we may be increasingly dependent on revenues derived from design wins for our newer products as well as anticipated cost reductions in the manufacture of our current products. We rely primarily on obtaining yield improvements and corresponding cost reductions in the manufacture of existing products, and on introducing new products that incorporate advanced features and other price/performance factors that enable us to increase revenues while maintaining consistent margins. To the extent that such cost reductions and new product introductions do not occur in a timely manner, or to the extent that our products do not achieve market acceptance at prices with higher margins, our financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
 
We rely on independent foundries for the manufacture of all of our products and a manufacturing problem or insufficient foundry capacity could adversely affect our operations.

Most of our wafers are manufactured in Taiwan by UMC and, for our newest products, by TSMC. In addition, we also have wafers manufactured in South Korea by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Terms with respect to the volume and timing of wafer production and the pricing of wafers produced by the semiconductor foundries are determined by periodic negotiations between us and these wafer foundries, which usually result in short-term agreements that do not provide for long-term supply or allocation commitments. We are dependent on these foundries to supply the substantial majority of our wafers. We rely on UMC, TSMC and our other foundries to produce wafers with competitive performance attributes. Therefore, the foundries, particularly TSMC who manufactures our newest products, must be able to transition to advanced manufacturing process technologies and increased wafer sizes, produce wafers at acceptable yields and deliver them in a timely manner. Furthermore, we cannot guarantee that the foundries that supply our wafers will offer us competitive pricing terms or other commercial terms important to our business.


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We cannot guarantee that our foundries will not experience manufacturing problems, including delays in the realization of advanced manufacturing process technologies or difficulties due to limitations of new and existing process technologies. Furthermore, we cannot guarantee the foundries will be able to manufacture sufficient quantities of our products or that they will continue to manufacture a product for the full life of the product. In addition, weak economic conditions may adversely impact the financial health and viability of the foundries and result in their insolvency or their inability to meet their commitments to us. For example, we may experience supply shortages due to the difficulties foundries may encounter if they must rapidly increase their production capacities from low utilization levels to high utilization levels because of an unexpected increase in demand. We may also experience supply shortages due to very strong demand for our products and a surge in demand for semiconductors in general, which may lead to tightening of foundry capacity across the industry. The insolvency of a foundry or any significant manufacturing problem or insufficient foundry capacity would disrupt our operations and negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.

Earthquakes and other natural disasters could disrupt our operations and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

The independent foundries, upon which we rely to manufacture our products, as well as our California and Singapore facilities, are located in regions that are subject to earthquakes and other natural disasters. UMC's and TSMC's foundries in Taiwan and our assembly and test partners in other regions as well as many of our operations in California are centered in areas that have been seismically active in the recent past and some areas have been affected by other natural disasters such as typhoons. Any catastrophic event in these locations will disrupt our operations, including our manufacturing activities, and our insurance may not cover losses resulting from such disruptions of our operations. This type of disruption could result in our inability to manufacture or ship products, thereby materially adversely affecting our financial condition and results of operations. For example, as a result of the March 2011 earthquake in Japan, production at the Seiko foundry at Sakata was halted temporarily, impacting production of some of our older devices. In addition, suppliers of wafers and substrates were forced to halt production temporarily. Disruption of operations at these foundries for any reason, including other natural disasters such as typhoons, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, fires or floods, as well as disruptions in access to adequate supplies of electricity, natural gas or water could cause delays in shipments of our products, and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations. Furthermore, natural disasters can also indirectly impact us.  For example, our customers' supply of other complimentary products may be disrupted by a natural disaster and may cause them to delay orders of our products. More vertically-integrated competitors may be less exposed to some or all of these and other risks.

General negative economic conditions and any related deterioration in the global business environment could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.

As a result of the 2008 global financial crisis, global consumer confidence eroded amidst concerns over declining asset values, inflation, volatility in energy costs, geopolitical issues, the availability and cost of credit, rising unemployment, and the stability and solvency of financial institutions, financial markets, businesses and sovereign nations, among other concerns. These concerns slowed global economic growth and resulted in recessions in numerous countries, including many of those in North America, Europe and Asia. The financial condition of certain sovereign nations, particularly in Europe, is of continuing concern as the sovereign debt crisis remains unresolved. These weak economic conditions resulted in reduced customer demand and had a negative impact on our results of operations in some parts of fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013. If weak economic conditions return, there may be a number of negative effects on our business, including customers or potential customers reducing or delaying orders, the insolvency of key suppliers, potentially causing production delays, the inability of customers to obtain credit, and the insolvency of one or more customers. Any of these effects could impact our ability to effectively manage inventory levels and collect receivables and ultimately decrease our net revenues and profitability.

The semiconductor industry is characterized by cyclical market patterns and a significant industry downturn could adversely affect our operating results.

The semiconductor industry is highly cyclical and our financial performance has been affected by downturns in the industry. Down cycles are generally characterized by price erosion and weaker demand for our products. Weaker demand for our products resulting from economic conditions in the end markets we serve and reduced capital spending by our customers can result, and in the past has resulted, in excess and obsolete inventories and corresponding inventory write-downs. We attempt to identify changes in market conditions as soon as possible; however, the dynamics of the market in which we operate make prediction of and timely reaction to such events difficult. Due to these and other factors, our past results are not reliable predictors of our future results.


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The nature of our business makes our revenues difficult to predict which could have an adverse impact on our business.

In addition to the challenging market conditions we may face, we have limited visibility into the demand for our products, particularly new products, because demand for our products depends upon our products being designed into our end customers' products and those products achieving market acceptance. Due to the complexity of our customers' designs, the design to volume production process for our customers requires a substantial amount of time, frequently longer than a year. In addition to this, other factors may affect our end customers' demand for our products, including, but not limited to, end customer program delays and the ability of end customers to secure other complementary products. We also are dependent upon "turns," orders received and turned for shipment in the same quarter. These factors make it difficult for us to forecast future sales and project quarterly revenues. The difficulty in forecasting future sales impairs our ability to project our inventory requirements, which could result, and in the past has resulted, in inventory write-downs or failure to meet customer product demands in a timely manner. In addition, difficulty in forecasting revenues compromises our ability to provide forward-looking revenue and earnings guidance.

If we are not able to compete successfully in our industry, our financial results and future prospects will be adversely affected.

Our PLDs compete in the IC industry, an industry that is intensely competitive, continues to consolidate, and is characterized by rapid technological change, increasing levels of integration, product obsolescence and continuous price erosion. We expect increased competition from our primary PLD competitors, Intel, Lattice and Microsemi, and from new market entrants. In addition, competition from the ASIC market and from the ASSP market continues. We believe that important competitive factors in the logic IC industry include:

product pricing;
time-to-market;
product performance, reliability, quality, power consumption and density;
field upgradeability;
adaptability of products to specific applications;
ease of use and functionality of software design tools;
availability and functionality of predefined IP logic;
inventory and supply chain management;
access to leading-edge process technology and assembly capacity;
ability to provide timely customer service and support; and
access to advanced packaging technology.

Our strategy for expansion in the logic market includes continued introduction of new product architectures that address high-volume, low-cost and low-power applications as well as high-performance, high-density applications. However, we may not be successful in executing this strategy. In addition, we anticipate continued pressure from our customers to reduce prices, which may outpace our ability to lower the cost for established products.

Other competitors include manufacturers of:

high-density programmable logic products characterized by FPGA type architectures;
high-volume and low-cost FPGAs as programmable replacements for ASICs and ASSPs;
ASICs and ASSPs with incremental amounts of embedded programmable logic;
high-speed, low-density complex programmable logic devices;
high-performance digital signal processing devices;
products with embedded processors;
products with embedded multi-gigabit transceivers; and
other new or emerging programmable logic products.

Several companies have introduced products that compete with ours or have announced their intention to sell PLD products. To the extent that our efforts to compete are not successful, our financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

The benefits of programmable logic have attracted a number of competitors to this segment. We recognize that different applications require different programmable technologies, and we are developing architectures, processes and products to meet these varying customer needs. Recognizing the increasing importance of standard software solutions, we have developed common software design tools that support the full range of our IC products. We believe that automation and ease of design are significant competitive factors in this segment.

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We could also face competition from our licensees. In the past we have granted limited rights to other companies with respect to certain aspects of our older technology, and we may do so in the future. Granting such rights may enable these companies to manufacture and market products that may be competitive with some of our older products.

Increased costs of wafers and materials, or shortages in wafers and materials, could adversely impact our gross margins and lead to reduced revenues.

If greater demand for wafers is not offset by an increase in foundry capacity, market demand for wafers or production and assembly materials increases, or if a supplier of our wafers or other materials ceases or suspends operations, our supply of wafers and other materials could become limited. Such shortages raise the likelihood of potential wafer price increases, wafer shortages or shortages in materials at production and test facilities, resulting in potential inability to address customer product demands in a timely manner. For example, when certain suppliers were forced to temporarily halt production as the result of a natural disaster, this resulted in a tightening of supply for those materials. Such shortages of wafers and materials as well as increases in wafer or materials prices could adversely affect our gross margins and would adversely affect our ability to meet customer demands and lead to reduced revenue.

We depend on distributors, primarily Avnet, to generate a significant portion of our sales and complete order fulfillment.

Resale of product through Avnet accounted for 44% of our worldwide net revenues in fiscal 2017 and as of April 1, 2017, Avnet accounted for 59% of our total net accounts receivable. Any adverse change to our relationship with Avnet or our remaining distributors could have a material impact on our business. Furthermore, if a key distributor materially defaults on a contract or otherwise fails to perform, our business and financial results would suffer. In addition, we are subject to concentrations of credit risk in our trade accounts receivable, which includes accounts of our distributors. A significant reduction of effort by a distributor to sell our products or a material change in our relationship with one or more distributors may reduce our access to certain end customers and adversely affect our ability to sell our products.

In addition, the financial health of our distributors and our continuing relationships with them are important to our success. Unpredictable economic conditions may adversely impact the financial health of some of these distributors, particularly our smaller distributors. This could result in the insolvency of certain distributors, the inability of distributors to obtain credit to finance the purchase of our products, or cause distributors to delay payment of their obligations to us and increase our credit risk exposure. Our business could be harmed if the financial health of these distributors impairs their performance and we are unable to secure alternate distributors.

We are dependent on independent subcontractors for most of our assembly and test services, and unavailability or disruption of these services could negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.

We are dependent on subcontractors to provide semiconductor assembly, substrate, test and shipment services. Any prolonged inability to obtain wafers with competitive performance and cost attributes, adequate yields or timely delivery, any disruption in assembly, test or shipment services, delays in stabilizing manufacturing processes and ramping up volume for new products, transitions to new service providers or any other circumstance that would require us to seek alternative sources of supply, could delay shipments and have a material adverse effect on our ability to meet customer demands. In addition, unpredictable economic conditions may adversely impact the financial health and viability of these subcontractors and result in their insolvency or their inability to meet their commitments to us. These factors would result in reduced net revenues and could negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.

A number of factors, including our inventory strategy, can impact our gross margins.

A number of factors, including yield, wafer pricing, product mix, market acceptance of our new products, competitive pricing dynamics, licensing costs, geographic and/or market segment pricing strategies can cause our gross margins to fluctuate. In addition, forecasting our gross margins is difficult because a significant portion of our business is based on turns within the same quarter.

While our overall inventory levels fluctuate over time, the inventory of newer product lines may be higher than other products due to a planned increase in safety stock in anticipation of future revenue growth. In the event demand does not materialize, we may be subject to incremental obsolescence costs. In addition, future product cost reductions could have an increased impact on our inventory valuation, which would then impact our operating results.

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Reductions in the average selling prices of our products could have a negative impact on our gross margins.

The average selling prices of our products generally decline as the products mature. We seek to offset the decrease in selling prices through yield improvement, manufacturing cost reductions and increased unit sales. We also continue to develop higher value products or product features that increase, or slow the decline of, the average selling price of our products. However, there is no guarantee that our ongoing efforts will be successful or that they will keep pace with the decline in selling prices of our products, which could ultimately lead to a decline in revenues and have a negative effect on our gross margins.

Because of our international business and operations, we are vulnerable to the economic conditions of the countries in which we operate and currency fluctuations could have a material adverse effect on our business and negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.

In addition to our U.S. operations, we also have significant international operations, including foreign sales offices to support our international customers and distributors, our regional headquarters in Ireland and Singapore and an R&D site in India. Our international operations have grown because we have established certain operations and administrative functions outside the U.S. Sales and operations outside of the U.S. subject us to the risks associated with conducting business in foreign economic and regulatory environments. Our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected by unfavorable economic conditions in countries in which we do significant business or by changes in foreign currency exchange rates affecting those countries. We derive over one-half of our revenues from international sales, primarily in the Asia Pacific region, Europe and Japan. Past economic weaknesses in these markets adversely affected revenues. Sales to all direct OEMs and distributors are denominated in U.S. dollars. While the recent movements of the Euro and Yen exchange rates against the U.S. dollar had no material impact to our business, increased volatility could impact our European and Japanese customers. Currency instability and volatility and disruptions in the credit and capital markets including as a result of the United Kingdom referendum on June 23, 2016, in which voters approved an exit from the European Union (commonly referred to as "Brexit") may increase credit risks for some of our customers and may impair our customers' ability to repay existing obligations. Increased currency volatility could also positively or negatively impact our foreign-currency-denominated costs, assets and liabilities. In addition, any devaluation of the U.S. dollar relative to other foreign currencies may increase the operating expenses of our foreign subsidiaries adversely affecting our results of operations. Furthermore, because we are increasingly dependent on the global economy, instability in worldwide economic environments occasioned, for example, directly or indirectly by political instability (such as due to Brexit), terrorist activity, U.S. or other military actions, and international sanctions or other diplomatic actions (potentially including sanctions adopted or under consideration by the U.S. or European Union with respect to Russia or Russian individuals or businesses), could adversely impact economic activity and lead to a contraction of capital spending by our customers generally or in specific regions. Any or all of these factors could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations in the future.

We are subject to the risks associated with conducting business operations outside of the U.S. which could adversely affect our business.

In addition to international sales and support operations and development activities, we purchase our wafers from foreign foundries, have our commercial products assembled, packaged and tested by subcontractors located outside the U.S. and utilize third party warehouse operators to store and manage inventory levels for certain of our products. All of these activities are subject to the uncertainties associated with international business operations, including global laws and regulations, trade barriers, economic sanctions, tax regulations, import and export regulations, duties and tariffs and other trade restrictions, changes in trade policies, anti-corruption laws, foreign governmental regulations, potential vulnerability of and reduced protection for IP, longer receivable collection periods and disruptions or delays in production or shipments, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and/or operating results. For example, on March 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce added ZTE Corporation (ZTE) to its "Entity List" and placed certain export restrictions on ZTE and its suppliers. Although interim relief was provided until the U.S. Department of Commerce and ZTE reached a settlement effective on March 29, 2017, which removed ZTE from the "Entity List," had ZTE not been removed, the restrictions could have caused a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and/or operating results. Additional factors that could adversely affect us due to our international operations include rising oil prices and increased costs of natural resources. Moreover, our financial condition and results of operations could be affected in the event of political conflicts or economic crises in countries where our main wafer providers, warehouses, end customers and contract manufacturers who provide assembly and test services worldwide, are located. Adverse change to the circumstances or conditions of our international business operations, including instability and uncertainty as a result of Brexit, could have a material adverse effect on our business.


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We are exposed to fluctuations in interest rates and changes in credit rating and in the market values of our portfolio investments which could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

Our cash, short-term and long-term investments represent significant assets that may be subject to fluctuating or even negative returns depending upon interest rate movements, changes in credit rating and financial market conditions. Global credit market disruptions and economic slowdown and uncertainty have in the past negatively impacted the values of various types of investment and non-investment grade securities. The global credit and capital markets may again experience significant volatility and disruption due to instability in the global financial system, uncertainty related to global economic conditions and concerns regarding sovereign financial stability.

Therefore, there is a risk that we may incur other-than-temporary impairment charges for certain types of investments should credit market conditions deteriorate or the underlying assets fail to perform as anticipated. Our future investment income may fall short of expectations due to changes in interest rates or if the decline in fair values of our debt securities is judged to be other than temporary. Furthermore, we may suffer losses in principal if we are forced to sell securities that have declined in market value due to changes in interest rates or financial market conditions.

Our failure to protect and defend our IP could impair our ability to compete effectively.

We rely upon patent, copyright, trade secret, mask work and trademark laws to protect our IP. We cannot provide assurance that such IP rights can be successfully asserted in the future or will not be invalidated, violated, circumvented or challenged. From time to time, third parties, including our competitors, have asserted against us patent, copyright and other IP rights to technologies that are important to us. Third parties may attempt to misappropriate our IP through electronic or other means or assert infringement claims against our indemnities or us in the future. Such assertions by third parties may result in costly litigation, indemnity claims or other legal actions, and we may not prevail in such matters or be able to license any valid and infringed patents from third parties on commercially reasonable terms. This could result in the loss of our ability to import and sell our products or require us to pay costly royalties to third parties in connection with sales of our products. Any infringement claim, indemnification claim, or impairment or loss of use of our IP could materially adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

Our ability to design and introduce new products in a timely manner is dependent upon third-party IP.

In the design and development of new products and product enhancements, we rely on third-party intellectual property such as software development tools and hardware testing tools. Furthermore, certain product features may rely on intellectual property acquired from third parties. The design requirements necessary to meet future consumer demands for more features and greater functionality from semiconductor products may exceed the capabilities of the third-party intellectual property or development tools that are available to us. If the third-party intellectual property that we use becomes unavailable or fails to produce designs that meet consumer demands, our business could be adversely affected.

We rely on information technology (IT) systems, and failure of these systems to function properly or unauthorized access to our systems could result in business disruption.

We rely in part on various IT systems to manage our operations, including financial reporting, and we regularly evaluate these systems and make changes to improve them as necessary. Consequently, we periodically implement new, or upgrade or enhance existing, operational and IT systems, procedures and controls. Any delay in the implementation of, or disruption in the transition to, new or enhanced systems, procedures or controls, could harm our ability to record and report financial and management information on a timely and accurate basis. These systems are also subject to power and telecommunication outages or other general system failures. Failure of our IT systems or difficulties in managing them could result in business disruption. We also may be subject to unauthorized access to our IT systems through a security breach or cyber attack. We experience cyber attacks of varying degrees on an ongoing basis. In the past there have been attempts by third parties to penetrate and/or infect our network and systems with malicious software in an effort to gain access to our network and systems. Third parties may continue to attempt to fraudulently induce employees, users, or customers to disclose sensitive information in order to gain access to our network systems. We seek to detect and investigate any security incidents and prevent their recurrence, but in some cases, we might be unaware of an incident or its magnitude and effects. Because the techniques used to obtain unauthorized access to and sabotage our systems change frequently, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate protections. Our business could be significantly harmed, and we could be subject to third party claims in the event of such a security breach. Our IT systems are also linked to the IT systems of customers, suppliers, and distribution partners and those links provide critical information we use to manage our operations, including information used for financial reporting. The IT systems of our customers, suppliers, and distribution partners and the links between our IT systems and our customers are subject to the same risks as that of our IT systems.

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If we are unable to maintain effective internal controls, our stock price could be adversely affected.

We are subject to the ongoing internal control provisions of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the Act). Our controls necessary for continued compliance with the Act may not operate effectively at all times and may result in a material weakness disclosure. The identification of material weaknesses in internal control, if any, could indicate a lack of proper controls to generate accurate financial statements and could cause investors to lose confidence and our stock price to drop.

We compete with others to attract and retain key personnel, and any loss of, or inability to attract, such personnel would harm us.

We depend on the efforts and abilities of certain key members of management and other technical personnel. Our future success depends, in part, upon our ability to retain such personnel and attract and retain other highly qualified personnel, particularly product engineers. Competition for such personnel is intense and we may not be successful in hiring or retaining new or existing qualified personnel. Changes to the U.S. immigration laws may also impact the availability of qualified personnel. From time to time we have effected restructurings which eliminate a number of positions. Even if such personnel are not directly affected by the restructuring effort, such terminations can have a negative impact on morale and our ability to attract and hire new qualified personnel in the future. If we lose existing qualified personnel or are unable to hire new qualified personnel, as needed, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be seriously harmed.

Unfavorable results of legal proceedings could adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.

From time to time we are subject to various legal proceedings and claims that arise out of the ordinary conduct of our business. The amount of damages alleged in certain legal claims may be significant. For example, in December 2013, we entered into a Settlement and License Agreement with PACT XPP Technologies, AG (PACT) in which the parties agreed to dismiss with prejudice all outstanding patent litigation among us, Avnet and PACT. As part of the settlement, we agreed to pay PACT a lump sum of $33.5 million. Certain other claims involving the Company are not yet resolved, including those that are discussed under "Item 3. Legal Proceedings" included in Part I of this Form 10-K, and additional claims may arise in the future. Results of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. Regardless of its merit, litigation may be both time-consuming and disruptive to our operations and cause significant expense and diversion of management attention and we may enter into material settlements to avoid these risks. Should we fail to prevail in certain matters, or should several of these matters be resolved against us in the same reporting period, we may be faced with significant monetary damages or injunctive relief against us that would materially and adversely affect a portion of our business and might materially and adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.

Our products could have defects which could result in reduced revenues and claims against us.

We develop complex and evolving products that include both hardware and software. Despite our testing efforts and those of our subcontractors, defects may be found in existing or new products. These defects may cause us to incur significant warranty, support and repair or replacement costs, divert the attention of our engineering personnel from our product development efforts and harm our relationships with customers. Subject to certain terms and conditions, we have agreed to compensate certain customers for limited specified costs they actually incur in the event our hardware products experience epidemic failure. As a result, epidemic failure and other performance problems could result in claims against us, the delay or loss of market acceptance of our products and would likely harm our business. Our customers could also seek damages from us for their losses.

In addition, we could be subject to product liability claims. A product liability claim brought against us, even if unsuccessful, would likely be time-consuming and costly to defend. Product liability risks are particularly significant with respect to aerospace, automotive and medical applications because of the risk of serious harm to users of these products. Any product liability claim, whether or not determined in our favor, could result in significant expense, divert the efforts of our technical and management personnel, and harm our business.


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In preparing our financial statements, we make good faith estimates and judgments that may change or turn out to be erroneous.

In preparing our financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., we must make estimates and judgments in applying our most critical accounting policies. Those estimates and judgments have a significant impact on the results we report in our consolidated financial statements. The most difficult estimates and subjective judgments that we make concern valuation of marketable and non-marketable securities, revenue recognition, inventories, long-lived assets including acquisition-related intangibles, goodwill, taxes and stock-based compensation. We base our estimates on historical experience, input from outside experts and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. We also have other key accounting policies that are not as subjective, and therefore, their application would not require us to make estimates or judgments that are as difficult, but which nevertheless could significantly affect our financial reporting. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates. If these estimates or their related assumptions change, our operating results for the periods in which we revise our estimates or assumptions could be adversely and perhaps materially affected.

Our failure to comply with the requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

Our FPGAs and related technologies are subject to EAR, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition, we may, from time to time, receive technical data from third parties that is subject to the ITAR, which are administered by the U.S. Department of State. EAR and ITAR govern the export and re-export of these FPGAs, the transfer of related technologies, whether in the U.S. or abroad, and the provision of services. We are required to maintain an internal compliance program and security infrastructure to meet EAR and ITAR requirements.

An inability to obtain the required export licenses, or to predict when they will be granted, increases the difficulties of forecasting shipments. In addition, security or compliance program failures that could result in penalties or a loss of export privileges, as well as stringent licensing restrictions that may make our products less attractive to overseas customers, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and/or operating results.

Our inability to effectively control the sale of our products on the gray market could have a material adverse effect on us.

We market and sell our products directly to OEMs and through authorized third-party distributors which helps to ensure that products delivered to our customers are authentic and properly handled.  From time to time, customers may purchase products bearing our name from the unauthorized "gray market."   These parts may be counterfeit, salvaged or re-marked parts, or parts that have been altered, mishandled, or damaged.  Gray market products result in shadow inventory that is not visible to us, thus making it difficult to forecast supply or demand.  Also, when gray market products enter the market, we and our authorized distributors may compete with brokers of these discounted products, which can adversely affect demand for our products and negatively impact our margins.  In addition, our reputation with customers may be negatively impacted when gray market products bearing our name fail or are found to be substandard.

The conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act could result in additional costs and liabilities.

In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC established disclosure and reporting requirements for those companies who use "conflict" minerals mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries in their products, regardless of whether such products are manufactured by third parties. These requirements could affect the sourcing and availability of minerals used in the manufacture of our semiconductor products. The costs associated with complying with the disclosure requirements include those for due diligence in regard to the sources of any conflict minerals used in our products, remediation and other changes to products, processes, or sources of supply as a consequence of such verification activities. We may face reputational challenges if we are unable to sufficiently verify the origins for all minerals used in our products through the due diligence process we implement. Moreover, we may encounter challenges to satisfy those customers who require that all of the components of our products are certified as conflict free.


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Exposure to greater than anticipated income tax liabilities, changes in tax rules and regulations, changes in interpretation of tax rules and regulations, or unfavorable assessments from tax audits could affect our effective tax rates, financial condition and results of operations.

We are a U.S.-based multinational company subject to tax in multiple U.S. and foreign tax jurisdictions. Our income tax obligations could be affected by many factors, including but not limited to changes to our corporate operating structure, intercompany arrangements and tax planning strategies. A significant portion of our earnings are earned by our subsidiaries outside the U.S. In addition to providing for U.S. income taxes on earnings from the U.S., we provide for U.S. income taxes on the earnings of foreign subsidiaries unless the subsidiaries' earnings are considered permanently reinvested outside the U.S. While we do not anticipate changing our intention regarding permanently reinvested earnings, if certain foreign earnings previously treated as permanently reinvested are repatriated, the related U.S. tax on such repatriated earnings could negatively impact our effective tax rates, financial condition and results of operations.

Our income tax expense is computed based on tax rates at the time of the respective financial period.  Our future effective tax rates, financial condition and results from operations could be unfavorably affected by changes in the tax rates in jurisdictions where our income is earned, by changes in the tax rules and regulations or the interpretation of tax rules and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we do business or by changes in the valuation of our deferred tax assets. Notably, the current U.S. administration and certain members of Congress have made public statements indicating that corporate tax reform is a priority. Changes to U.S. tax laws could materially affect the tax treatment of our domestic and foreign earnings.

In addition, we are subject to examinations of our income tax returns by domestic and foreign tax authorities.  We regularly assess the likelihood of outcomes resulting from these examinations to determine the adequacy of our provision for income taxes and have reserved for potential adjustments that may result from the current examinations. There can be no assurance that the final determination of any of these examinations will not have an adverse effect on our effective tax rates, financial position and results of operations.

Our 2.625% Senior Convertible Debenture (2017 Convertible Notes) mature on June 15, 2017, which could have a material effect on our liquidity.

The 2017 Convertible Notes have conditional conversion features which were triggered in fiscal 2013 and entitled holders of the 2017 Convertible Notes to convert the 2017 Convertible Notes at any time during specified periods at their option. As a result of this, we were required under applicable accounting rules to reclassify all or a portion of the outstanding principal of the 2017 Convertible Notes as a current rather than long-term liability. In addition, we were required to increase the number of shares used in our net income per share calculations to reflect the potentially dilutive impact of the conversion.

During fiscal 2017, we received conversion requests from certain holders of the 2017 Convertible Notes and paid cash of $142.1 million. The remaining balance of the 2017 Convertible Notes of $457.9 million will mature on June 15, 2017. At maturity, we will be required to settle any converted principal through the payment of cash, which could adversely affect our liquidity.
 
Considerable amounts of our common shares are available for issuance under our equity incentive plans and 2017 Convertible Notes, and significant issuances in the future may adversely impact the market price of our common shares.

As of April 1, 2017 we had 2.00 billion authorized common shares, of which 248.0 million shares were outstanding. In addition, 27.8 million common shares were reserved for issuance pursuant to our equity incentive plans and Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), 15.9 million common shares were reserved for issuance upon conversion or maturity of the 2017 Convertible Notes and 20.8 million common shares were reserved for issuance upon exercise of warrants. The availability of substantial amounts of our common shares resulting from the exercise or settlement of equity awards outstanding under our equity incentive plans or the conversion or maturity of convertible debenture using common shares, which would be dilutive to existing stockholders, could adversely affect the prevailing market price of our common shares and could impair our ability to raise additional capital through the sale of equity securities.

We have indebtedness that could adversely affect our financial condition and prevent us from fulfilling our debt obligations.

The aggregate amount of our consolidated indebtedness as of April 1, 2017 was $1.46 billion (principal amount), which consists of $500.0 million in aggregate principal amount of our 2.125% Notes due 2019 (2019 Notes), $500.0 million in aggregate principal amount of our 3.000% Notes due 2021 (2021 Notes) and $457.9 million in aggregate principal amount of our 2017 Convertible Notes. We also may incur additional indebtedness in the future. Our indebtedness may:


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make it difficult for us to satisfy our financial obligations, including making scheduled principal and interest payments on the debentures and our other indebtedness;
limit our ability to borrow additional funds for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions or other general corporate purposes;
limit our ability to use our cash flow or obtain additional financing for future working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions or other general business purposes;
require us to use a portion of our cash flow from operations to make debt service payments;
limit our flexibility to plan for, or react to, changes in our business and industry;
place us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our less leveraged competitors;
increase our vulnerability to the impact of adverse economic and industry conditions; and
require us to repatriate off-shore cash to the U.S. at unfavorable tax rates.

Our ability to meet our debt service obligations will depend on our future performance, which will be subject to financial, business and other factors affecting our operations, many of which are beyond our control.

The agreements governing the 2019 Notes and 2021 Notes contain covenants that may adversely affect our ability to operate our business.

The indentures governing the 2019 Notes and 2021 Notes contain various covenants limiting our and our subsidiaries' ability to, among other things:

create certain liens on principal property or the capital stock of certain subsidiaries;
enter into certain sale and leaseback transactions with respect to principal property; and
consolidate or merge with, or convey, transfer or lease all or substantially all our assets, taken as a whole, to, another person.

A failure to comply with these covenants and other provisions in these indentures could result in events of default under the indentures, which could permit acceleration of the 2019 Notes and the 2021 Notes. Any required repayment as a result of such acceleration could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.

The call options and warrant transactions related to our 2017 Convertible Notes may affect the value of the debenture and our common stock.

To hedge against potential dilution upon conversion of the 2017 Convertible Notes, we purchased call options on our common stock from the hedge counterparties. We also sold warrants to the hedge counterparties, which could separately have a dilutive effect on our earnings per share to the extent that the market price per share of our common stock exceeds the applicable strike price of the warrants of $40.89 per share. Such dilutive effects could be exacerbated, or we could experience other adverse effects, if a hedge counterparty becomes subject to insolvency proceedings or otherwise fails to deliver common shares they may owe us under those hedges.

As the hedge counterparties and their respective affiliates modify hedge positions, they may enter or unwind various derivatives with respect to our common stock and/or purchase or sell our common stock in secondary market transactions. This activity also could affect the market price of our common stock and/or debenture, which could affect the ability of the holders of the debenture to convert and the number of shares and value of the consideration that will be received by the holders of the debenture upon conversion.

Acquisitions and strategic investments present risks, and we may not realize the goals that were contemplated at the time of a transaction.

In the past, we have acquired technology companies whose products complement our products. We also have made a number of strategic investments in other technology companies. We may make similar acquisitions and strategic investments in the future. Acquisitions and strategic investments present risks, including:

our ongoing business may be disrupted and our management's attention may be diverted by investment, acquisition, transition or integration activities;
an acquisition or strategic investment may not further our business strategy as we expected, and we may not integrate an acquired company or technology as successfully as we expected;
our operating results or financial condition may be adversely impacted by claims or liabilities that we assume from an acquired company or technology or that are otherwise related to an acquisition;

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we may have difficulty incorporating acquired technologies or products with our existing product lines;
we may have higher than anticipated costs in continuing support and development of acquired products, and in general and administrative functions that support such products;
our strategic investments may not perform as expected; and
we may experience unexpected changes in how we are required to account for our acquisitions and strategic investments pursuant to U.S. GAAP.

The occurrence of any of these risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition or cash flows, particularly in the case of a larger acquisition or several concurrent acquisitions or strategic investments.

ITEM 1B.
UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
Not applicable.

ITEM 2.
PROPERTIES

Our corporate offices, which include the administrative, sales, customer support, marketing, R&D and manufacturing and testing groups, are located in San Jose, California. This main site consists of adjacent buildings providing 588,000 square feet of space, which we own. We also own one parcel of land totaling approximately 84 acres in South San Jose near our corporate facility. At present, we do not have any plans to develop the land.

We own a 228,000 square foot facility in the metropolitan area of Dublin, Ireland, which serves as our regional headquarters in Europe. The Irish facility is primarily used for service and support for our customers in Europe, R&D, marketing and IT support.
 
We own a 222,000 square foot facility in Singapore, which serves as our Asia Pacific regional headquarters. We own the building but the land is subject to a 30-year lease expiring in November 2035. The Singapore facility is primarily used for manufacturing support and testing of our products and services for our customers in Asia Pacific/Japan, coordination and management of certain third parties in our supply chain and R&D. Excess space in the facility is leased to a tenant under long-term lease agreement.
  
We own a 130,000 square foot facility in Longmont, Colorado. The Longmont facility serves as a primary location and data center for our software efforts in the areas of R&D, manufacturing and quality control. In addition, we own a 200,000 square foot facility and 40 acres of land adjacent to the Longmont facility for future expansion. The facility is partially leased to tenants under long-term lease agreements and partially used by us.

We lease office facilities for our engineering design centers in Hyderabad, India; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Edinburgh, Scotland; Ottawa, Canada; Beijing, China; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cork, Ireland and Gothenberg, Sweden. We also lease sales offices in various locations throughout North America, which include the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Nashua, Raleigh, San Diego as well as international sales offices located in the metropolitan areas of Bangalore, Beijing, Chengdu, Brussels, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Munich, Nanjing, Osaka, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Stockholm, Taichung, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Xi'an.

ITEM 3.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

For information regarding our legal proceedings, see "Note 16. Litigation Settlements and Contingencies" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data", which is incorporated herein by reference.

ITEM 4.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.

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PART II

ITEM 5.
MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Our common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol XLNX. As of May 4, 2017, there were approximately 500 stockholders of record. Since many holders' shares are listed under their brokerage firms' names, the actual number of stockholders is estimated by us to be approximately 175,000.
The following table sets forth the high and low closing sale prices, for the periods indicated, for our common stock as reported by the NASDAQ Global Select Market:
 
Fiscal 2017
 
Fiscal 2016
 
High
 
Low
 
High
 
Low
First Quarter
$
47.45

 
$
42.92

 
$
48.33

 
$
41.85

Second Quarter
54.46

 
45.48

 
44.16

 
38.78

Third Quarter
61.24

 
49.61

 
50.24

 
40.66

Fourth Quarter
60.32

 
57.37

 
50.27

 
41.91

Dividends Declared Per Common Share
The following table presents the quarterly dividends declared on our common stock for the periods indicated:
 
Fiscal
2017
 
Fiscal
2016
First Quarter
$
0.33

 
$
0.31

Second Quarter
0.33

 
0.31

Third Quarter
0.33

 
0.31

Fourth Quarter
0.33

 
0.31

On April 25, 2017, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.35 per common share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2017 to stockholders of record as of May 16, 2017.
Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans
See "Equity Compensation Plan Information," included in Item 12. "Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters" in Part III of this Form 10-K for information regarding our equity compensation plans.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

The following table summarizes the Company's repurchase of its common stock during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

 
 
Total Number
of Shares Purchased
 
Average
Price Paid
per Share
 
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly Announced Program
 
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Program (1)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
Period
 
 
 
 
January 1, 2017 to February 4, 2017
 
428

 
$
58.36

 
428

 
$
765,201

February 5, 2017 to March 4, 2017
 
608

 
$
58.47

 
608

 
$
729,667

March 5, 2017 to April 1, 2017
 
813

 
$
58.47

 
813

 
$
682,133

Total for Quarter
 
1,849

 
$
58.45

 
1,849

 
 

(1) In November 2014, the Board authorized the repurchase of $800.0 million of the Company's common stock (2014 Repurchase Program). In May 2016, the Board authorized the repurchase of up to $1.00 billion of the Company's common stock and debentures (2016 Repurchase Program). The 2014 and 2016 Repurchase

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Programs have no stated expiration date. Through April 1, 2017, the Company had used all of the $800.0 million authorized under the 2014 Repurchase Program and $317.9 million of the $1.00 billion authorized under the 2016 Repurchase Program, leaving a balance of $682.1 million available for future repurchases. The Company's current policy is to retire all repurchased shares, and consequently, no treasury shares were held as of April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016.

See "Note 13. Stockholders' Equity" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" for information regarding our stock repurchase plans.
Company Stock Price Performance
The following graph shows a comparison of cumulative total return for our common stock, the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index (S&P 500 Index), and the Standard & Poor's 500 Semiconductors Index (S&P 500 Semiconductors Index). The graph covers the period from March 30, 2012, the last trading day before our fiscal 2012, to March 31, 2017, the last trading day of our fiscal 2017. The graph and table assume that $100 was invested on March 30, 2012 in our common stock, the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Semiconductors Index and that all dividends were reinvested.
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Company / Index
03/30/12
 
03/28/13
 
03/28/14
 
03/27/15
 
04/01/16
 
03/31/17
Xilinx, Inc.
100.00

 
107.37

 
154.97

 
125.16

 
144.76

 
180.65

S&P 500 Index
100.00

 
113.96

 
137.77

 
156.00

 
160.35

 
186.71

S&P 500 Semiconductors Index
100.00

 
90.39

 
116.32

 
147.23

 
151.03

 
207.24


Note: Stock price performance and indexed returns for our common stock are historical and are not indicators of future price performance or future investment returns.


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ITEM 6.
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
Consolidated Statement of Income Data
Five years ended April 1, 2017
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
April 1, 2017
 
April 2, 2016
 
March 28, 2015 (1)
 
March 29, 2014 (2)
 
March 30, 2013
Net revenues
 
$
2,349,330

 
$
2,213,881

 
$
2,377,344

 
$
2,382,531

 
$
2,168,652

Operating income
 
699,394

 
669,881

 
755,078

 
748,927

 
580,732

Income before income taxes
 
691,080

 
636,825

 
740,076

 
709,526

 
547,006

Provision for income taxes
 
68,568

 
85,958

 
91,860

 
79,138

 
59,470

Net income
 
622,512

 
550,867

 
648,216

 
630,388

 
487,536

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income per common share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
2.47

 
$
2.14

 
$
2.44

 
$
2.37

 
$
1.86

Diluted
 
$
2.32

 
$
2.05

 
$
2.35

 
$
2.19

 
$
1.79

Shares used in per share calculations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
252,301

 
257,184

 
265,480

 
266,431

 
261,652

Diluted
 
268,813

 
268,667

 
276,123

 
287,396

 
272,573

Cash dividends per common share
 
$
1.32


$
1.24

 
$
1.16

 
$
1.00

 
$
0.88

(1)
Fiscal 2015 consolidated statement of income data included restructuring charges of $24,491.
(2)
Fiscal 2014 consolidated statement of income data included litigation charges of $9,410 and loss on extinguishment of convertible debentures of $9,848.
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
Five years ended April 1, 2017
(In thousands)
 
 
2017
 
2016 (3)
 
2015 (3)
 
2014 (3)
 
2013 (3)
Working capital
 
$
2,982,920

 
$
2,972,261

 
$
2,971,259

 
$
2,077,488

 
$
1,909,180

Total assets
 
4,740,532

 
4,819,269

 
4,892,146

 
5,029,176

 
4,718,055

Long-term debt
 
995,247

 
993,639

 
992,058

 
990,281

 
911,271

Other long-term liabilities
 
339,050

 
278,446

 
304,479

 
266,438

 
456,701

Stockholders' equity
 
2,507,633

 
2,589,893

 
2,611,594

 
2,752,682

 
2,963,296

(3)
Fiscal 2013-2016 Consolidated Balance Sheet Data have been restated as a result of the adoption of authoritative guidance issued in April 2015 that requires debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability to be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the debt. See "Note 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Concentration of Risk" to our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8. "Financial Information and Supplementary Data" for information regarding this.


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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

This discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data."

Cautionary Statement

The statements in this Management's Discussion and Analysis that are forward-looking, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, involve numerous risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements for many reasons, including those risks discussed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this document. Often, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words, such as "anticipates," "believes," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "should," "will," "would" and other similar terminology, or the negative of such terms. We disclaim any responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statement provided in this Management's Discussion and Analysis for any reason.

Nature of Operations

We design and develop programmable devices and associated technologies, including ICs in the form of PLDs, software design tools and predefined system functions delivered as IP. In addition to our programmable platforms, we provide design services, customer training, field engineering and technical support. Our PLDs include FPGAs, CPLDs and programmable SoCs. These devices are standard products that our customers program to perform desired logic functions. Our products are designed to provide high integration and quick time-to-market for electronic equipment manufacturers in end markets such as Communication & Data Center, Industrial, Aerospace & Defense, and Broadcast, Consumer & Automotive. We sell our products globally through independent domestic and foreign distributors and through direct sales to OEMs by selected independent sales representative firms and by a direct sales management organization.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The methods, estimates and judgments we use in applying our most critical accounting policies have a significant impact on the results we report in our consolidated financial statements. The SEC has defined critical accounting policies as those that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results of operations and require us to make our most difficult and subjective judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates of matters that are inherently uncertain. Based on this definition, our critical accounting policies include: valuation of marketable securities, which impacts losses on debt and equity securities when we record impairments; revenue recognition, which impacts the recording of revenues; and valuation of inventories, which impacts cost of revenues and gross margin. Our critical accounting policies also include: the assessment of impairment of long-lived assets which impacts their valuation; the assessment of the recoverability of goodwill, which impacts goodwill impairment; accounting for income taxes, which impacts the provision or benefit recognized for income taxes, as well as, the valuation of deferred tax assets recorded on our consolidated balance sheet; and valuation and recognition of stock-based compensation, which impacts gross margin, R&D expenses, and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses. Below, we discuss these policies further, as well as the estimates and judgments involved. We also have other key accounting policies that are not as subjective, and therefore, their application would not require us to make estimates or judgments that are as difficult, but which nevertheless could significantly affect our financial reporting.

Valuation of Marketable Securities

Our short-term and long-term investments include marketable debt securities. As of April 1, 2017, we had marketable debt securities with a fair value of $3.07 billion.

We determine the fair values for marketable debt securities using industry standard pricing services, data providers and other third-party sources and by internally performing valuation testing and analyses. See "Note 3. Fair Value Measurements" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," for details of the valuation methodologies. In determining if and when a decline in value below the adjusted cost of marketable debt and equity securities is other than temporary, we evaluate on an ongoing basis the market conditions, trends of earnings, financial condition, credit ratings, any underlying collateral and other key measures for our investments. We did not record any other-than-temporary impairment for marketable debt or equity securities in fiscal 2017, 2016 or 2015.


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Revenue Recognition

Sales to distributors are made under agreements providing distributor price adjustments and rights of return under certain circumstances. Revenue and costs relating to distributor sales are deferred until products are sold by the distributors to the distributors' end customers. For fiscal 2017, approximately 52% of our net revenues were from products sold to distributors for subsequent resale to OEMs or their subcontract manufacturers. Revenue recognition depends on notification from the distributor that product has been sold to the distributor's end customer. Also reported by the distributor are product resale price, quantity and end customer shipment information, as well as inventory on hand. Reported distributor inventory on hand is reconciled to deferred revenue balances monthly. We maintain system controls to validate distributor data and to verify that the reported information is accurate. Deferred income on shipments to distributors reflects the estimated effects of distributor price adjustments and the estimated amount of gross margin expected to be realized when distributors sell through product purchased from us. Accounts receivable from distributors are recognized and inventory is relieved when title to inventories transfers, typically upon shipment from Xilinx at which point we have a legally enforceable right to collection under normal payment terms.

As of April 1, 2017, we had $74.2 million of deferred revenue and $19.6 million of deferred cost of revenues recognized as a net $54.6 million of deferred income on shipments to distributors. As of April 2, 2016, we had $70.9 million of deferred revenue and $19.1 million of deferred cost of revenues recognized as a net $51.8 million of deferred income on shipments to distributors. The deferred income on shipments to distributors that will ultimately be recognized in our consolidated statement of income will be different than the amount shown on the consolidated balance sheet due to actual price adjustments issued to the distributors when the product is sold to their end customers.

Revenue from sales to our direct customers is recognized upon shipment provided that persuasive evidence of a sales arrangement exists, the price is fixed, title has transferred, collection of resulting receivables is reasonably assured, and there are no customer acceptance requirements and no remaining significant obligations. For each of the periods presented, there were no significant formal acceptance provisions with our direct customers.

Revenue from software licenses is deferred and recognized as revenue over the term of the licenses of one year. Revenue from support services is recognized when the service is performed. Revenue from software licenses and support services were less than 5% of net revenues for all of the periods presented.

Allowances for end customer sales returns are recorded based on historical experience and for known pending customer returns or allowances.

Valuation of Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of actual cost (determined using the first-in, first-out method) or market (estimated net realizable value). The valuation of inventory requires us to estimate excess or obsolete inventory as well as inventory that is not of salable quality. We review and set standard costs quarterly to approximate current actual manufacturing costs. Our manufacturing overhead standards for product costs are calculated assuming full absorption of actual spending over actual volumes. Given the cyclicality of the market, the obsolescence of technology and product lifecycles, we write down inventory based on forecasted demand and technological obsolescence. These forecasts are developed based on inputs from our customers, including bookings and extended but uncommitted demand forecasts, and internal analyses such as customer historical purchasing trends and actual and anticipated design wins, as well as market and economic conditions, technology changes, new product introductions and changes in strategic direction. These factors require estimates that may include uncertain elements. The estimates of future demand that we use in the valuation of inventory are the basis for our published revenue forecasts, which are also consistent with our short-term manufacturing plans. The differences between our demand forecast and the actual demand in the recent past have not resulted in any material write down in our inventory. If our demand forecast for specific products is greater than actual demand and we fail to reduce manufacturing output accordingly, we could be required to write down additional inventory, which would have a negative impact on our gross margin.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

Long-lived assets to be held and used are reviewed for impairment if indicators of potential impairment exist. Impairment indicators are reviewed on a quarterly basis. When indicators of impairment exist and assets are held for use, we estimate future undiscounted cash flows attributable to the assets. In the event such cash flows are not expected to be sufficient to recover the recorded value of the assets, the assets are written down to their estimated fair values based on the expected discounted future cash flows attributable to the assets or based on appraisals. Factors affecting impairment of assets held for use include the ability of the specific assets to generate separately identifiable positive cash flows.


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When assets are removed from operations and held for sale, we estimate impairment losses as the excess of the carrying value of the assets over their fair value. Market conditions are amongst the factors affecting impairment of assets held for sale. Changes in any of these factors could necessitate impairment recognition in future periods for assets held for use or assets held for sale.

Long-lived assets such as property, plant and equipment are considered non-financial assets, and are only measured at fair value when indicators of impairment exist.

Goodwill

Goodwill is not amortized but is subject to impairment tests on an annual basis, or more frequently if indicators of potential impairment exist, and goodwill is written down when it is determined to be impaired. We perform an annual impairment review in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year and compare the fair value of the reporting unit in which the goodwill resides to its carrying value. If the carrying value exceeds the fair value, the goodwill of the reporting unit is potentially impaired. For purposes of impairment testing, Xilinx operates as a single reporting unit. We use the quoted market price method to determine the fair value of the reporting unit. Based on the impairment review performed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, there was no impairment of goodwill in fiscal 2017. Unless there are indicators of impairment, our next impairment review for goodwill will be performed and completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. To date, no impairment indicators have been identified.

Accounting for Income Taxes

Xilinx is a multinational corporation operating in multiple tax jurisdictions. We must determine the allocation of income to each of these jurisdictions based on estimates and assumptions and apply the appropriate tax rates for these jurisdictions. We undergo routine audits by taxing authorities regarding the timing and amount of deductions and the allocation of income among various tax jurisdictions. Tax audits often require an extended period of time to resolve and may result in income tax adjustments if changes to the allocation are required between jurisdictions with different tax rates.

In determining income for financial statement purposes, we must make certain estimates and judgments. These estimates and judgments occur in the calculation of certain tax liabilities and in the determination of the recoverability of certain deferred tax assets, which arise from temporary differences between the tax and financial statement recognition of revenue and expense. Additionally, we must estimate the amount and likelihood of potential losses arising from audits or deficiency notices issued by taxing authorities. The taxing authorities' positions and our assessment can change over time resulting in a material effect on the provision for income taxes in periods when these changes occur.

We must also assess the likelihood that we will be able to recover our deferred tax assets. If recovery is not likely, we must increase our provision for taxes by recording a reserve in the form of a valuation allowance for the deferred tax assets that we estimate will not ultimately be recoverable.

We perform a two-step approach to recognize and measure uncertain tax positions relating to accounting for income taxes. The first step is to evaluate the tax position for recognition by determining if the weight of available evidence indicates that it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained on audit, including resolution of related appeals or litigation processes, if any. The second step is to measure the tax benefit as the largest amount that is more than 50% likely of being ultimately realized. See "Note 14. Income Taxes" to our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data."

Stock-Based Compensation

Determining the appropriate fair-value model and calculating the fair value of stock-based awards at the date of grant requires judgment. We use the Black-Scholes option-pricing model to estimate the fair value of rights to purchase shares under our ESPP. Option pricing models, including the Black-Scholes model, also require the use of input assumptions, including expected stock price volatility, expected life, expected dividend rate, expected forfeiture rate and expected risk-free rate of return. We use implied volatility based on traded options in the open market as we believe implied volatility is more reflective of market conditions and a better indicator of expected volatility than historical volatility. We will continue to review our input assumptions and make changes as deemed appropriate depending on new information that becomes available. Higher volatility and expected lives result in a proportional increase to stock-based compensation determined at the date of grant. The expected dividend rate and expected risk-free rate of return do not have as significant an effect on the calculation of fair value.

In addition, we developed an estimate of the number of stock-based awards which will be forfeited due to employee turnover. Quarterly changes in the estimated forfeiture rate have an effect on reported stock-based compensation, as the effect of adjusting the rate for all expense amortization is recognized in the period the forfeiture estimate is changed. If the actual forfeiture rate is

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higher than the estimated forfeiture rate, then an adjustment is made to increase the estimated forfeiture rate, which will result in a decrease to the expense recognized in the financial statements. If the actual forfeiture rate is lower than the estimated forfeiture rate, then an adjustment is made to decrease the estimated forfeiture rate, which will result in an increase to the expense recognized in the financial statements. The impact of forfeiture true up was not material for all periods presented. The expense we recognize in future periods could also differ significantly from the current period and/or our forecasts due to adjustments in the assumed forfeiture rates.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth statement of income data as a percentage of net revenues for the fiscal years indicated:

2017
 
2016
 
2015
Net revenues
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
Cost of revenues
30.1

 
30.3

 
29.8

Gross margin
69.9

 
69.7

 
70.2

Operating expenses:


 

 


Research and development
25.6

 
24.1

 
22.1

Selling, general and administrative
14.3

 
15.0

 
14.9

Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles
0.2

 
0.3

 
0.4

Restructuring charges

 

 
1.0

Total operating expenses
40.1

 
39.4

 
38.4

Operating income
29.8

 
30.3

 
31.8

Interest and other expense, net
0.4

 
1.5

 
0.6

Income before income taxes
29.4

 
28.8

 
31.2

Provision for income taxes
2.9

 
3.9

 
3.9

Net income
26.5
%
 
24.9
%
 
27.3
%
 
Net Revenues
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Net revenues
$
2,349.3

 
6
%
 
$
2,213.9

 
(7
)%
 
$
2,377.3


Net revenues in fiscal 2017 were $2.35 billion, an increase of 6% as compared to fiscal 2016. Advanced Products revenues increased 45% in fiscal 2017 but were partially offset by declines from our Core Products. The increase in Advanced Products was due to higher Advanced Products sales across all end markets, especially in Communications & Data Center and Industrial, Aerospace & Defense. Net revenues in fiscal 2016 were $2.21 billion, a decrease of 7% as compared to fiscal 2015. Advanced Products revenues increased 27% in fiscal 2016 but were offset by declines from our Core Products. The increase in Advanced Products was due to higher sales across all end markets, especially in Industrial, Aerospace & Defense and Communications & Data Center. See also "Net Revenues by Product" and "Net Revenues by End Markets" below for more information on our product and end market categories.

No end customer accounted for more than 10% of net revenues for any of the periods presented.

Net Revenues by Product

We sell our products to global manufacturers of electronic products in end markets such as Communication & Data Center, Industrial, Aerospace & Defense, and Broadcast, Consumer & Automotive. The vast majority of our net revenues are generated from sales of our semiconductor products, but we also generate sales from support products. We classify our product offerings into two categories: Advanced Products and Core Products:

Advanced Products are our most recent product offerings and include the UltraScale+, UltraScale and 7-series product families.
Core Products are all other product families.


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These product categories are modified on a periodic basis to better reflect the maturity of the products and advances in technology. The most recent modification was made on April 3, 2016, which was the beginning of our fiscal 2017, whereby we reclassified our product categories to be consistent with how these categories are analyzed and reviewed internally. Specifically, we have grouped the products manufactured at the 28nm, 20nm and 16nm nodes into a category named Advanced Products while all other products are included in a category named Core Products. The amounts for the prior periods presented have been reclassified to conform to the new categorization.

Net revenues by product categories for the fiscal years indicated were as follows:
 
(In millions)
2017
 
% of Total
 
% Change
 
2016
 
% of Total
 
% Change
 
2015
Advanced Products
$
1,080.7

 
46

 
45

 
$
746.5

 
34

 
27

 
$
587.6

Core Products
1,268.6

 
54

 
(14
)
 
1,467.4

 
66

 
(18
)
 
1,789.7

Total net revenues
$
2,349.3

 
100

 
6

 
$
2,213.9

 
100

 
(7
)
 
$
2,377.3


Net revenues from Advanced Products increased significantly in fiscal 2017 as a result of sales growth from our 28nm, 20nm and 16nm product families. Sales from our 28nm products were more than $800.0 million while sales from our 20nm products exceeded $200.0 million during fiscal 2017. We expect sales of Advanced Products to continue to grow as more customer programs enter into volume production with our 28nm, 20nm and 16nm products. In fiscal 2016, strong market acceptance of our 28nm and 20nm product families contributed to the majority of the revenue growth versus the comparable prior year period.

Net revenues from Core Products decreased in both fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year periods. The decrease in fiscal 2017 was largely driven by the decline in sales from our Spartan-3 and Virtex-6 product families, while the decrease in fiscal 2016 was largely due to the decline in sales from our Virtex-5, Virtex-6 and Virtex-2 product families.

Net Revenues by End Markets

Our end market revenue data is derived from our understanding of our end customers' primary markets. We classify our net revenues by end markets into the following three categories: Communications & Data Center; Industrial, Aerospace & Defense; and Broadcast, Consumer & Automotive. The percentage change calculation in the table below represents the year-to-year dollar change in each end market.

Net revenues by end markets for fiscal years indicated were as follows:
 
(% of total net revenues)
2017
 
% Change in Dollars
 
2016
 
% Change in Dollars
 
2015
Communications & Data Center
42
%
 
9
 
41
%
 
(15
)
 
46
%
Industrial, Aerospace & Defense
41

 
5
 
42

 
(1
)
 
39

Broadcast, Consumer & Automotive
17

 
2
 
17

 
3

 
15

Total net revenues
100
%
 
6
 
100
%
 
(7
)
 
100
%

Net revenues from Communications & Data Center increased in fiscal 2017, but decreased in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year periods. The increase in fiscal 2017 was primarily due to higher sales from wireless, and to a lesser extent from wireline and data center. The decrease in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period was primarily due to lower sales from wireless, and to a lesser extent from wireline and data center.

Net revenues from Industrial, Aerospace & Defense increased in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The increase in fiscal 2017 was primarily due to higher sales from test and measurement and aerospace and defense, partially offset by a decrease in sales from industrial, scientific and medical. Net revenues from Industrial, Aerospace & Defense decreased slightly in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period. The decrease in fiscal 2016 was primarily due to a decline in sales from certain key programs within aerospace and defense, partially offset by increases in sales from both test and measurement and industrial, scientific and medical.

Net revenues from Broadcast, Consumer & Automotive increased slightly in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The increase was due to higher sales from automotive. Net revenues from Broadcast, Consumer & Automotive increased in fiscal

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2016 from the comparable prior year period. The increase in fiscal 2016 was due to higher sales from automotive, but was partially offset by a decline in sales from audio, video and broadcast.

Net Revenues by Geography

Geographic revenue information reflects the geographic location of the distributors, OEMs or contract manufacturers who purchased our products. This may differ from the geographic location of the end customers. Net revenues by geography for the fiscal years indicated were as follows:
 
(In millions)
2017
 
% of Total
 
% Change
 
2016
 
% of Total
 
% Change
 
2015
North America
$
738.4

 
31

 
4

 
$
710.7

 
32

 
(4
)
 
$
738.3

Asia Pacific
956.1

 
41

 
12

 
855.9

 
39

 
(8
)
 
930.6

Europe
456.6

 
20

 
8

 
424.7

 
19

 
(11
)
 
477.1

Japan
198.2

 
8

 
(11
)
 
222.6

 
10

 
(4
)
 
231.3

Total net revenues
$
2,349.3

 
100

 
6

 
$
2,213.9

 
100

 
(7
)
 
$
2,377.3


Net revenues in North America increased in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The increase was primarily due to higher sales from test and measurement. Net revenues in North America decreased in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to a decline in sales from certain key programs within aerospace and defense; and to a lesser extent from wireless communications as well.

Net revenues in Asia Pacific increased in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The increase in fiscal 2017 was primarily due to higher sales from wireless communications. Net revenues in Asia Pacific decreased in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period, which was primarily driven by decrease in sales from Communications & Data Center.

Net revenues in Europe increased in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The increase was primarily due to higher sales from test and measurement, and was partially offset by lower revenues from wireless communications. Net revenues in Europe decreased in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period as a result of weaker sales from wireless communications, which was partially offset by increases in sales from test and measurement and automotive applications

Net revenues in Japan decreased in both fiscal 2017 and in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year periods. The decrease in fiscal 2017 was primarily driven by lower sales in industrial, scientific and medical, while the decrease in fiscal 2016 was primarily driven by lower sales in Communications & Data Center, which more than offset the increase in sales from automotive.

Gross Margin
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Gross margin
$
1,641.1

 
6
%
 
$
1,542.0

 
(8
)%
 
$
1,668.5

Percentage of net revenues
69.9
%
 

 
69.7
%
 

 
70.2
%

Gross margin was slightly higher by 0.2 percentage point in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The slight increase in gross margin was primarily due to end-market mix. Gross margin was 0.5 percentage point lower in fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to increased manufacturing overhead expenses from the ramp of Advanced Products.

Gross margin may be affected in the future due to multiple factors, including but not limited to those set forth above in "Risk Factors," included in Part I of this Form 10-K, shifts in the mix of customers and products, competitive-pricing pressure, manufacturing-yield issues and wafer pricing. We expect to mitigate any adverse impacts from these factors by continuing to improve yields on our Advanced Products, improve manufacturing efficiencies and improve average selling price management.

Sales of inventory previously written off were not material during all periods presented.

In order to compete effectively, we pass manufacturing cost reductions to our customers in the form of reduced prices to the extent that we can maintain acceptable margins. Price erosion is common in the semiconductor industry, as advances in both product

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architecture and manufacturing process technology permit continual reductions in unit cost. We have historically been able to offset much of this revenue decline in our mature products with increased revenues from newer products.

Research and Development
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Research and development
$
601.4

 
13
%
 
$
533.9

 
2
%
 
$
525.7

Percentage of net revenues
26
%
 

 
24
%
 

 
22
%

R&D spending increased $67.5 million, or 13%, during fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The increase was primarily attributable to higher mask and wafer spending and employee compensation (including stock-based compensation) related to our new product development. R&D spending increased $8.2 million, or 2%, during fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period. The increase was primarily attributable to higher employee compensation (including stock-based compensation) related to our next generation product development, partially offset by a decrease in mask and wafer spending due to development timing.

We plan to continue to selectively invest in R&D efforts in areas such as new products and more advanced process development, IP cores and software development environments. We may also consider acquisitions to complement our strategy for technology leadership and engineering resources in critical areas.

Selling, General and Administrative
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Selling, general and administrative
$
335.2

 
1
%
 
$
331.7

 
(6
)%
 
$
353.7

Percentage of net revenues
14
%
 

 
15
%
 

 
15
%

SG&A expenses increased slightly by $3.5 million or 1% during fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period as we incurred higher employee compensation in fiscal 2017 (including stock based compensation) due to higher headcount to enable revenue growth. SG&A expenses decreased $22.0 million or 6% during fiscal 2016 from the comparable prior year period as we incurred lower variable spending (due to lower revenues) and employee compensation in fiscal 2016 (primarily due to restructuring measures that we implemented during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015).

Restructuring Charges

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, we announced restructuring measures designed to realign resources and drive overall operating efficiencies. These measures impacted approximately 120 positions, or 3% of our global workforce, in various geographies and functions worldwide. The Company recorded total restructuring charges of $24.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, primarily related to severance pay expenses and write-offs of acquisition-related intangibles. As of the end of fiscal 2017, there was no balance remaining on the accrual.

Amortization of Acquisition-Related Intangibles
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles
$
5.1

 
(22
)%
 
$
6.6

 
(31
)%
 
$
9.5

Percentage of net revenues
%
 

 
%
 

 
%

The amortization expense decreased in fiscal 2017 and 2016 as compared to prior year periods. The decreases were due to certain intangibles that were fully amortized in fiscal 2016 and during fiscal 2017.


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Stock-Based Compensation
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Stock-based compensation included in:


 


 


 


 


Cost of revenues
$
8.0

 
%
 
$
8.0

 
(2
)%
 
$
8.1

Research and development
66.9

 
12
%
 
59.7

 
19
 %
 
50.2

Selling, general and administrative
48.0

 
8
%
 
44.3

 
8
 %
 
41.0

Restructuring

 
%
 

 
(100
)%
 
0.6


$
122.9

 
10
%
 
$
112.0

 
12
 %
 
$
99.9

The $10.9 million and $12.1 million increases in stock-based compensation expense for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, as compared to the prior year periods were primarily related to higher expenses associated with restricted stock units, as we granted restricted stock units at a higher fair value in the recent years.

Interest and Other Expense, Net
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Interest and other expense, net
$
8.3

 
(75
)%
 
$
33.1

 
120
%
 
$
15.0

Percentage of net revenues
%
 

 
1
%
 

 
1
%

Our net interest and other expense decreased by $24.8 million in fiscal 2017 from the comparable prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to higher interest income from our investment portfolio as a result of rising interest rate environment in the recent year. The increase in net interest and other expense in fiscal 2016 from the prior year period was primarily due to a smaller gain on the sale of securities in our investment portfolio, partially offset by higher interest income from the investment portfolio. During fiscal 2015 we also had a gain on sale of land, which we did not have in fiscal 2016.

Provision for Income Taxes
(In millions)
2017
 
Change
 
2016
 
Change
 
2015
Provision for income taxes
$
68.6

 
(20
)%
 
$
86.0

 
(6
)%
 
$
91.9

Percentage of net revenues
3
%
 

 
4
%
 

 
4
%
Effective tax rate
10
%
 

 
13
%
 

 
12
%

The difference between the U.S. federal statutory tax rate of 35% and our effective tax rate in all periods is primarily due to income earned in lower tax rate jurisdictions, for which no U.S. income tax has been provided, as we intend to permanently reinvest these earnings outside of the U.S.

The decrease in effective tax rate in fiscal 2017 compared with fiscal 2016 was primarily due to fiscal 2017 benefits from the adoption of new accounting guidance with respect to share-based payment accounting and the release of reserves for uncertain tax positions upon completion of the Internal Revenue Service examination of fiscal 2012 through 2014.

The increase in effective tax rate in fiscal 2016 compared with fiscal 2015 was primarily due to a decrease in the amount of permanently reinvested foreign earnings for which no U.S. taxes were provided. This was partially offset by a decrease to the tax rate due to a shift in geographic mix of earnings with less earnings subject to U.S. tax.

Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources

We have historically used a combination of cash flows from operations and equity and debt financing to support ongoing business activities, acquire or invest in critical or complementary technologies, purchase facilities and capital equipment, repurchase our common stock and debentures under our repurchase program, pay dividends and finance working capital. Additionally, our investments in debt securities are liquid and available for future business needs.


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Fiscal 2017 Compared to Fiscal 2016

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-term and Long-term Investments

The combination of cash, cash equivalents and short-term and long-term investments as of April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016 totaled $3.44 billion and $3.56 billion, respectively. As of April 1, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $3.32 billion and working capital of $2.98 billion. As of April 2, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $3.34 billion and working capital was $2.97 billion.

As of April 1, 2017, we had $2.84 billion of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments held by our non-U.S. jurisdictions. From a financial statement perspective, approximately $1.13 billion of the $2.84 billion held by our non-U.S. jurisdictions was available for use in the U.S. without accruing additional U.S. income taxes in excess of the amounts already accrued in our financial statements as of April 1, 2017. The remaining amount of non-U.S. cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments was permanently reinvested and, therefore, no U.S. current or deferred taxes accrued on this amount, which is intended for investment in our operations outside the U.S. We believe our U.S. sources of cash and liquidity are sufficient to meet our business needs in the U.S. and do not expect that we will need to repatriate the funds we have designated as permanently reinvested outside the U.S. Under current tax laws, should our plans change and we were to choose to repatriate some or all of the funds we have designated as permanently reinvested outside the U.S., such amounts would be subject to U.S. income taxes and applicable non-U.S. income and withholding taxes.

During fiscal 2017, our operations generated net positive cash flow of $934.1 million, which was $187.8 million higher than the $746.3 million generated during fiscal 2016. The positive cash flow from operations generated during fiscal 2017 was primarily from net income as adjusted for non-cash related items, decrease in accounts receivable and increases in accrued liabilities, accounts payable and income taxes payable. These items were partially offset by increases in inventories and other assets.

Net cash provided by investing activities was $494.0 million during fiscal 2017 as compared to net cash used in investing activities of $423.9 million in fiscal 2016. Net cash provided by investing activities during fiscal 2017 consisted of $587.4 million of net sales of available-for-sale securities, partially offset by $72.1 million of purchases of property, plant and equipment and $21.4 million of other investing activities.

Net cash used in financing activities was $965.2 million in fiscal 2017, as compared to $711.1 million in fiscal 2016. Net cash used in financing activities during fiscal 2017 consisted of $522.0 million of payment to repurchase common stock, $332.5 million of dividend payments to stockholders and $142.1 million of payment for conversion of our 2017 Convertible Notes, partially offset by $32.8 million of net proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable decreased by $63.5 million and days sales outstanding (DSO) decreased to 38 days at April 1, 2017 from 52 days at April 2, 2016. The decrease was primarily due to timing of customer shipments and collections.

Inventories

Inventories increased to $227.0 million as of April 1, 2017 from $178.6 million as of April 2, 2016, while combined inventory days at Xilinx and distribution increased to 127 days at April 1, 2017 from 109 days at April 2, 2016. We attempt to maintain sufficient levels of inventory in various product, package and speed configurations in order to keep lead times short and to meet forecasted customer demand as well as address potential supply constraints. Conversely, we also attempt to minimize the handling costs associated with maintaining higher inventory levels and to fully realize the opportunities for cost reductions associated with architecture and manufacturing process advancements. We continually strive to balance these two objectives to provide excellent customer response at a competitive cost.

Property, Plant and Equipment

During fiscal 2017, we invested $72.1 million in property, plant and equipment, as compared to $34.0 million in fiscal 2016. Primary investments in fiscal 2017 were for building improvements, computer equipment and equipment related to the support of our new products development and infrastructures.


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Current Liabilities

Current liabilities decreased to $897.2 million at the end of fiscal 2017 from $944.4 million at the end of fiscal 2016. The change was primarily due to a payment of $142.1 million for conversion of our 2017 Convertible Notes, which was partially offset by increases of $50.0 million in other accrued liabilities and $22.3 million in accrued payroll and related liabilities.

Temporary and Stockholders' Equity

Temporary and stockholders' equity decreased $93.7 million during fiscal 2017 from $2.60 billion in fiscal 2016 to $2.51 billion in fiscal 2017. The decrease was primarily due to repurchase of common stock of approximately $522.0 million, $332.5 million of payment of dividends to stockholders and $18.1 million of other comprehensive loss. These decreases were partially offset by $622.5 million in net income for fiscal 2017, $122.9 million of stock-based compensation and $32.8 million of net issuance of common stock under employee stock plans.

Fiscal 2016 Compared to Fiscal 2015

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-term and Long-term Investments

The combination of cash, cash equivalents and short-term and long-term investments as of April 2, 2016 and March 28, 2015 totaled $3.56 billion and $3.57 billion, respectively. As of April 2, 2016, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $3.34 billion and working capital of $2.97 billion. As of March 28, 2015, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $3.30 billion and working capital was $2.97 billion.

As of April 2, 2016, we had $2.24 billion of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments held by our non-U.S. jurisdictions. From a financial statement perspective, approximately $992.2 million of the $2.24 billion held by our non-U.S. jurisdictions was available for use in the U.S. without accruing additional U.S. income taxes in excess of the amounts already accrued in our financial statements as of April 2, 2016. The remaining amount of non-U.S. cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments was permanently reinvested and, therefore, no U.S. current or deferred taxes accrued on this amount, which is intended for investment in our operations outside the U.S. We believe our U.S. sources of cash and liquidity are sufficient to meet our business needs in the U.S. and do not expect that we will need to repatriate the funds we have designated as permanently reinvested outside the U.S. Under current tax laws, should our plans change and we were to choose to repatriate some or all of the funds we have designated as permanently reinvested outside the U.S., such amounts would be subject to U.S. income taxes and applicable non-U.S. income and withholding taxes.

During fiscal 2016, our operations generated net positive cash flow of $746.3 million, which was $64.1 million lower than the $810.4 million generated during fiscal 2015. The positive cash flow from operations generated during fiscal 2016 was primarily from net income as adjusted for non-cash related items, decrease in inventories and increase in accounts payable. These items were partially offset by increases in accounts receivable and other assets as well as decreases in accrued liabilities, deferred income on shipments to distributors and income taxes payable.

Net cash used in investing activities was $423.9 million during fiscal 2016, as compared to net cash provided by investing activities of $13.0 million in fiscal 2015. Net cash used in investing activities during fiscal 2016 consisted of $380.0 million of net purchases of available-for-sale securities, $34.0 million for purchases of property, plant and equipment and $10.0 million of other investing activities.

Net cash used in financing activities was $711.1 million in fiscal 2016, as compared to $904.5 million in fiscal 2015. Net cash used in financing activities during fiscal 2016 consisted of $443.2 million of cash payment for repurchase of common stock and $319.0 million of dividend payments to stockholders, which was partially offset by $51.1 million of proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable increased by $60.8 million and DSO increased to 52 days at April 2, 2016 from 38 days at March 28, 2015. The increase was primarily due to timing of customer shipments and collections.

Inventories

Inventories decreased to $178.6 million as of April 2, 2016 from $231.3 million as of March 28, 2015, while combined inventory days at Xilinx and distribution decreased to 109 days at April 2, 2016 from 130 days at March 28, 2015. We attempt to maintain

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sufficient levels of inventory in various product, package and speed configurations in order to keep lead times short and to meet forecasted customer demand as well as address potential supply constraints. Conversely, we also attempt to minimize the handling costs associated with maintaining higher inventory levels and to fully realize the opportunities for cost reductions associated with architecture and manufacturing process advancements. We continually strive to balance these two objectives to provide excellent customer response at a competitive cost.

Property, Plant and Equipment

During fiscal 2016, we invested $34.0 million in property, plant and equipment, as compared to $29.6 million in fiscal 2015. Primary investments in fiscal 2016 were for building improvements, computer equipment and equipment related to the support of our new products development and infrastructures.

Current Liabilities

Current liabilities decreased to $944.4 million at the end of fiscal 2016 from $960.1 million at the end of fiscal 2015. The change was primarily due to a decrease in other accrued liabilities, deferred income on shipments to distributors and income taxes payable. These decreases were partially offset by increases in accounts payable and current portion of long-term debt.

Temporary and Stockholders' Equity

Temporary and stockholders' equity decreased $32.8 million during fiscal 2016 from $2.64 billion in fiscal 2015 to $2.60 billion in fiscal 2016. The decrease was primarily due to repurchase of common stock of approximately $443.2 million, $319.0 million of payment of dividends to stockholders. These decreases were partially offset by $550.9 million in net income for fiscal 2016, $112.0 million of stock-based compensation, $51.1 million of net issuance of common stock under employee stock plans and $4.5 million decrease for other comprehensive loss.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash generated from operations is used as our primary source of liquidity and capital resources. Our investment portfolio is also available for future cash requirements as is our $400.0 million revolving credit facility entered into in December 2016 (expiring in December 2021). We are not aware of any lack of access to the revolving credit facility; however, we can provide no assurance that access to the credit facility will not be impacted by adverse conditions in the financial markets. Our credit facility is not reliant upon a single bank. There have been no borrowings to date under our existing revolving credit facility.

We repurchased 9.9 million shares of our common stock for approximately $522.0 million during fiscal 2017. During fiscal 2016, we repurchased 9.7 million shares of common stock for approximately $443.2 million. During fiscal 2017, we paid $332.5 million in cash dividends to stockholders, representing $1.32 per common share. During fiscal 2016, we paid $319.0 million in cash dividends to stockholders, representing $1.24 per common share. On April 25, 2017, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.35 per common share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2017 to stockholders of record as of May 16, 2017. Our common stock and debentures repurchase program and dividend policy could be impacted by, among other items, our views on potential future capital requirements relating to R&D, investments and acquisitions, legal risks, principal and interest payments on our debentures and other strategic investments.

We anticipate that existing sources of liquidity and cash flows from operations will be sufficient to satisfy our cash needs for the foreseeable future. We will continue to evaluate opportunities for investments to obtain additional wafer capacity, to procure additional capital equipment and facilities, to develop new products, and to potentially acquire technologies or businesses that could complement our business. However, the risk factors discussed in Item 1A and below could affect our cash positions adversely.

Contractual Obligations

The following table summarizes our significant contractual obligations as of April 1, 2017 and the effect such obligations are expected to have on our liquidity and cash flows in future periods. This table excludes amounts already recorded on our consolidated balance sheet as accounts payable and other accrued liabilities as of April 1, 2017.

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Payments Due by Period
(In millions)
 
Total
 
Less than 1 year
 
1-3 years
 
3-5 years
 
More than 5 years
Operating lease obligations (1)
 
$
18.5

 
$
5.6

 
$
7.7

 
$
4.7

 
$
0.5

Inventory and other purchase obligations (2)
 
112.6

 
112.6

 

 

 

Electronic design automation and other licenses (3)
 
67.4

 
28.4

 
24.0

 
9.7

 
5.3

2017 Convertible Notes-principal and interest (4)
 
460.4

 
460.4

 

 

 

2019 and 2021 Notes-principal and interest (4)
 
1,080.3

 
24.7

 
540.6

 
515.0

 

Total
 
$
1,739.2

 
$
631.7

 
$
572.3

 
$
529.4

 
$
5.8


(1)
We lease some of our facilities, office buildings and land under non-cancelable operating leases that expire at various dates through November 2035. Rent expense, net of rental income, under all operating leases was approximately $5 million for fiscal 2017. See "Note 8. Commitments" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," for additional information about operating leases.

(2)
Due to the nature of our business, we depend entirely upon subcontractors to manufacture our silicon wafers and provide assembly and some test services. The lengthy subcontractor lead times require us to order the materials and services in advance, and we are obligated to pay for the materials and services when completed. We expect to receive and pay for these materials and services in the next three to six months, as the products meet delivery and quality specifications.

(3)
As of April 1, 2017, we had $48.8 million of non-cancelable license obligations to providers of electronic design automation software and hardware/software maintenance and $18.6 million of other license expiring at various dates through March 2024.

(4)
For purposes of this table we have assumed the outstanding principal of our debentures will be paid on maturity dates, which is June 15, 2017 for the 2017 Convertible Notes, March 15, 2019 for the 2019 Notes and March 15, 2021 for the 2021 Notes. See "Note 12. Debt and Credit Facility" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," for additional information about our debentures.

As of April 1, 2017, $4.5 million of liabilities for uncertain tax positions and related interest and penalties were classified as long-term income taxes payable in the consolidated balance sheet. Because the Company is unable to reasonably estimate the timing of settlements and any future payments related to uncertain tax positions, these liabilities have been excluded from the contractual obligations table above.

Off-Balance-Sheet Arrangements

As of April 1, 2017, we did not have any significant off-balance-sheet arrangements, as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of SEC Regulation S-K.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See "Note 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Concentrations of Risk" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," for information about recent accounting pronouncements, including the expected dates of adoption and estimated effects, if any, on our consolidated financial statements.

ITEM 7A.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Interest Rate Risk

Our exposure to interest rate risk relates primarily to our investment portfolio, which consists of fixed income securities with a fair value of approximately $3.07 billion as of April 1, 2017. Our primary aim with our investment portfolio is to invest available cash while preserving principal and meeting liquidity needs. Our investment portfolio includes municipal bonds, mortgage-backed securities, financial institution securities, non-financial institution securities, student loan auction rate securities, U.S. and foreign government and agency securities, asset-backed securities, bank loans and debt mutual funds. In accordance with our investment policy, we place investments with high credit quality issuers and limit the amount of credit exposure to any one issuer based upon the issuer's credit rating. These securities are subject to interest rate risk and will decrease in value if market interest rates increase. A hypothetical 100 basis-point (one percentage point) increase or decrease in interest rates compared to rates at April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016 would have affected the fair value of our investment portfolio by approximately $60.0 million and $50.0 million, respectively.


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Credit Market Risk

The global credit markets may experience adverse conditions that negatively impact the values of various types of investment and non-investment grade securities. The global credit and capital markets may experience significant volatility and disruption due to instability in the global financial system, uncertainty related to global economic conditions and concerns regarding sovereign financial stability. Therefore, there is a risk that we may incur other-than-temporary impairment charges for certain types of investments should credit market conditions deteriorate. See "Note 4. Financial Instruments" to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8. "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data."

Foreign Currency Exchange Risk

Sales to all direct OEMs and distributors are denominated in U.S. dollars.

Gains and losses on foreign currency forward contracts that are designated as hedges of anticipated transactions, for which a firm commitment has been attained and the hedged relationship has been effective, are deferred and included in income or expenses in the same period that the underlying transaction is settled. Gains and losses on any instruments not meeting the above criteria are recognized in income or expenses in the consolidated statements of income as they are incurred.

We enter into forward currency exchange contracts to hedge our overseas operating expenses and other liabilities when deemed appropriate. As of April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016, we had the following outstanding forward currency exchange contracts (in notional amount):
 
(In millions and U.S. dollars)
April 1, 2017

April 2, 2016
Singapore Dollar
$
22.0


$
27.0

Euro
18.6


19.1

Indian Rupee
31.1


23.3

British Pound
10.8


10.7

Japanese Yen
3.8


3.4


$
86.3


$
83.5


As part of our strategy to reduce volatility of operating expenses due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations, we employ a hedging program with forward outlook of up to two years for major foreign-currency-denominated operating expenses. The outstanding forward currency exchange contracts expire at various dates through February 2019. The net unrealized gains, which approximate the fair market value of the forward currency exchange contracts, are expected to be recognized in the consolidated statements of income within the next two years.

Our investments in several of our wholly-owned subsidiaries are recorded in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. As the financial statements of these subsidiaries are translated at each quarter end during consolidation, fluctuations of exchange rates between the foreign currency and the U.S. dollar increase or decrease the value of those investments. These fluctuations are recorded within stockholders' equity as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). Other monetary foreign-denominated assets and liabilities are revalued on a monthly basis with gains and losses on revaluation reflected in net income. A hypothetical 10% favorable or unfavorable change in foreign currency exchange rates at April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016 would have affected the annualized foreign-currency-denominated operating expenses of our foreign subsidiaries by less than $10 million for each year. In addition, a hypothetical 10% favorable or unfavorable change in foreign currency exchange rates compared to rates at April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016 would have affected the value of foreign-currency-denominated cash and investments by less than $5.0 million as of each date.


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ITEM 8.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

XILINX, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
 
Years Ended
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
April 1, 2017
 
April 2, 2016
 
March 28, 2015
Net revenues
$
2,349,330

 
$
2,213,881

 
$
2,377,344

Cost of revenues
708,216

 
671,907

 
708,823

Gross margin
1,641,114

 
1,541,974

 
1,668,521

Operating expenses:

 

 

Research and development
601,443

 
533,891

 
525,745

Selling, general and administrative
335,150

 
331,652

 
353,670

Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles
5,127

 
6,550

 
9,537

Restructuring charges

 

 
24,491

Total operating expenses
941,720

 
872,093

 
913,443

Operating income
699,394

 
669,881

 
755,078

Interest and other expense, net
8,314

 
33,056

 
15,002

Income before income taxes
691,080

 
636,825

 
740,076

Provision for income taxes
68,568

 
85,958

 
91,860

Net income
$
622,512

 
$
550,867

 
$
648,216

Net income per common share:

 

 

Basic
$
2.47

 
$
2.14

 
$
2.44

Diluted
$
2.32

 
$
2.05

 
$
2.35

Shares used in per share calculations:

 

 
 
Basic
252,301

 
257,184

 
265,480

Diluted
268,813

 
268,667

 
276,123


See notes to consolidated financial statements.



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XILINX, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 
Years Ended
(In thousands)
April 1, 2017
 
April 2, 2016

March 28, 2015
Net income
$
622,512

 
$
550,867

 
$
648,216

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:


 


 


Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities
(12,712
)
 
(916
)
 
7,483

Reclassification adjustment for gains on available-for-sale securities
(3,119
)
 
(106
)
 
(6,832
)
Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on hedging transactions
(1,296
)
 
15,004

 
(11,074
)
Reclassification adjustment for (gains) losses on hedging transactions
1,701

 
(7,225
)
 
2,753

Cumulative translation adjustment, net
(2,624
)
 
(2,239
)
 
(2,931
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
(18,050
)
 
4,518

 
(10,601
)
Total comprehensive income
$
604,462

 
$
555,385

 
$
637,615


See notes to consolidated financial statements.


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XILINX, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(In thousands, except par value amounts)
April 1, 2017
 
April 2, 2016
ASSETS

 

Current assets:

 

Cash and cash equivalents
$
966,695

 
$
503,816

Short-term investments
2,354,762

 
2,833,883

Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $3,200 and $3,341 in 2017 and 2016, respectively
243,915

 
307,458

Inventories
227,033

 
178,550

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
87,711

 
92,951

Total current assets
3,880,116

 
3,916,658

Property, plant and equipment, at cost:


 


Land
65,298

 
65,298

Buildings
339,923

 
310,795

Machinery and equipment
383,681

 
390,573

Furniture and fixtures
50,556

 
43,916


839,458

 
810,582

Accumulated depreciation and amortization
(535,633
)
 
(527,236
)
Net property, plant and equipment
303,825

 
283,346

Long-term investments
116,288

 
220,807

Goodwill
161,287

 
159,296

Acquisition-related intangibles, net
3,576

 
6,202

Other assets
275,440

 
232,960

Total Assets
$
4,740,532

 
$
4,819,269

LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Current liabilities:

 

Accounts payable
$
108,293

 
$
101,534

Accrued payroll and related liabilities
176,601

 
154,294

Income taxes payable
6,309

 
6,286

Deferred income on shipments to distributors
54,567

 
51,758

Other accrued liabilities
95,098

 
45,108

Current portion of long-term debt
456,328

 
585,417

Total current liabilities
897,196

 
944,397

Long-term debt
995,247

 
993,639

Deferred tax liabilities
317,639

 
261,467

Long-term income taxes payable
4,503

 
15,889

Other long-term liabilities
16,908

 
1,090

Commitments and contingencies

 

Temporary equity (Note 12)
1,406

 
12,894

Stockholders' equity:

 

Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 2,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

 

Common stock, $.01 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; 248,027 and 253,687 shares issued and outstanding in 2017 and 2016, respectively
2,480

 
2,537

Additional paid-in capital
803,522

 
726,921

Retained earnings
1,726,312

 
1,867,066

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(24,681
)
 
(6,631
)
Total stockholders’ equity
2,507,633

 
2,589,893

Total Liabilities, Temporary Equity and Stockholders’ Equity
$
4,740,532

 
$
4,819,269

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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XILINX, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
Years Ended
(In thousands)
April 1, 2017
 
April 2, 2016
 
March 28, 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 
 
Net income
$
622,512

 
$
550,867

 
$
648,216

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation
45,423

 
50,828

 
55,266

Amortization
17,203

 
17,613

 
19,648

Stock-based compensation
122,858

 
111,984

 
99,859

Net gain on sale of available-for-sale securities
(3,532
)
 
(370
)
 
(11,878
)
Amortization of debt discount on convertible debentures
11,692

 
12,048

 
12,022

Provision for deferred income taxes
67,482

 
44,128

 
17,802

Others
1,698

 
2,000

 
122

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable, net
63,543

 
(60,843
)
 
21,219

Inventories
(48,244
)
 
52,323

 
2,664

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
(1,000
)
 
(1,261
)
 
(13,118
)
Other assets
(20,557
)
 
(11,945
)
 
(531
)
Accounts payable
10,983

 
21,422

 
(69,583
)
Accrued liabilities (including restructuring activities)
33,788

 
(16,592
)
 
1,795

Income taxes payable
7,473

 
(11,635
)
 
15,967

Deferred income on shipments to distributors
2,809

 
(14,312
)
 
10,972

Net cash provided by operating activities
934,131

 
746,255

 
810,442

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

Purchases of available-for-sale securities
(2,817,197
)
 
(3,262,324
)
 
(3,742,742
)
Proceeds from sale and maturity of available-for-sale securities
3,404,577

 
2,882,342

 
3,756,021

Purchases of property, plant and equipment
(72,051
)
 
(34,004
)
 
(29,619
)
Other investing activities
(21,379
)
 
(9,950
)
 
29,296

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
493,950

 
(423,936
)
 
12,956

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

Repurchases of common stock
(522,045
)
 
(443,181
)
 
(651,006
)
Restricted stock units withholdings
(35,392
)
 
(34,671
)
 
(38,298
)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock through various stock plans
68,184

 
85,765

 
90,959

Payment of dividends to stockholders
(332,542
)
 
(318,988
)
 
(306,158
)