X-Fest Seminars for FPGA, DSP, Embedded Systems Designers

Avnet Electronics Marketing (NYSE: AVT) and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced X-Fest – a series of technical seminars offering practical, how-to training for FPGA, DSP, and embedded systems designers. Analog Devices, National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments are among the list of gold sponsors participating in the worldwide technical seminar series. The series kicks off its 90-city global tour in Beijing April 3, 2007 and continues through July 13 in locations throughout Europe, Asia, Japan and North America.

The one-day seminars will offer several 90-minute training courses for attendees to choose from, designed to provide specialized training on design solutions for FPGA circuitry and the components surrounding FPGAs. Attendees will also have access to partner demonstration exhibits (varying by region) sponsored by Agilent Technologies, Analog Devices, Eridon, Intel Flash Memory Group, Lauterbach, LynuxWorks, Micron, Murata, National Semiconductor, NEC Electronics, Samtec, Sharp Microelectronics, Synplicity, Texas Instruments and The MathWorks, which offer a unique opportunity to explore some of the latest design solutions.

“Joining forces with Xilinx and our valued partners has allowed us to build an event where an entire ecosystem of providers will showcase the latest design solutions that integrate with Xilinx FPGAs,” said Tim Barber, vice president of global Xilinx marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “In an intense, single-day format, design engineers can connect with multiple suppliers to explore the latest breakthroughs in the FPGA design space.”

Attendees will leave X-Fest armed with the tools and practical knowledge necessary to tackle new and existing design challenges for embedded processing, DSP, power supplies, memory interfaces and analog front ends.

“X-Fest will deliver a deep dive into the key technology domains where Xilinx FPGAs deliver unique, high impact capabilities, such as embedded processing, digital signal processing, serial connectivity, and logic design,” said Omid Tahernia, vice president and general manager of the Processing Solutions Group at Xilinx. “The use of multiple learning tracks comprised of very technical 90-minute solution modules will allow designers to explore and assess how these breakthrough solutions can be applied to their own design innovations.”

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company. Avnet Electronics Marketing serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services.

About Avnet
With more than 250 locations serving customers in 70 countries worldwide, Avnet (NYSE: AVT) markets, distributes and adds value to the products of the world’s leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Additionally, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain optimization, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system integration and engineering design assistance. For the fiscal year ended July 1, 2006, Avnet generated revenue of $14.25 billion.

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions.