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After more than a year at a mediocre three-star ranking, enough top-performing CAPS members turned bullish on Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX) recently to take it to the four-star level temporarily. A total of 308 members have given their opinion on Xilinx, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

The strength from its end markets leads many investors to believe the momentum will continue for Xilinx, a technology equipment company. Joining companies like Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) and Analog Devices with strong quarterly reports, Xilinx recently reported its fiscal third-quarter results, and management still sees room for upside. Xilinx still expects all of its secondary end markets to surpass their peak levels of mid-2008 over the next year.

The company serves a wide range of industries from defense to consumer electronics, and thousands of companies like General Dynamics, Sony (NYSE: SNE), and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) have tapped into Xilinx's technology, putting it in a strong position to grow and expand in new applications. Like competitor Altera, Xilinx has experienced increasing demand for its programmable chips as they gain wider use, and CAPS members like the outlook for strong global growth as countries such as India and China expand their wireless infrastructures.

Other tech peers like Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM) and Marvell Technology (Nasdaq: MRVL) are drawing increasing business lately, and giant Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) offers a strong outlook -- prompting it to increase its workforce -- so Xilinx could have even more potential.  

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