Avnet Announces New Xilinx SpeedWay Design Workshop Series

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has launched a new series of SpeedWay Design Workshops(TM) featuring Xilinx® technology. The workshops are available in locations across the U.S. through March 2008. Avnet’s factory-trained field applications engineers (FAEs) have developed materials for the full day SpeedWay Workshops with support from Xilinx’s applications engineers. Based on practical experience and the latest technologies that highlight proven design techniques, attendees will leave these workshops armed with design knowledge and information that can be applied immediately to current projects.

Avnet is offering 20 Xilinx SpeedWay Design courses encompassing general, embedded, DSP and Serial I/O design topics. Course offerings vary by location and include the following:

  • General Design – Introduction to VHDL for FPGA; Fundamentals of FPGA Design; Improving Design Performance; A Practical Guide to DDR2 Design with Spartan-3A/DS
  • Embedded Design – Introduction to EDK and the MicroBlaze (Parts I & II); Embedded Debugging on MicroBlaze; Xilinx Embedded Software Development; Implementing uCLinux on MicroBlaze
  • DSP Design – Introduction to Xilinx AccelDSP; and Xilinx System Generator for DSP: Part I, A Practical Guide
  • Serial I/O Design – Implementing PCI Express in Virtex-5 LXT

“SpeedWay Workshops are recognized by engineers worldwide as a must-attend event for getting hands-on experience with Xilinx solutions,” said David Stieg, senior director of channel marketing for Xilinx. “The unique format of these workshops allows a deep dive into the advanced capabilities of Spartan and Virtex FPGAs in the areas of logic design, embedded processing, DSP, and connectivity. And, all attendees qualify for discounts on the development boards used in the classroom, which enables an engineer to continue designing after the training is complete.”

“The Xilinx SpeedWay Workshops are the perfect follow-on to our X-Fest events and offer a wealth of information for design engineers,” said Tim Barber, senior vice president of global Xilinx marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “The new series offers the widest range Speedway courses to date for design engineers – whether they are just starting out, brushing up on their knowledge, or want to learn about the latest applications for the new Virtex-5 LXT.”

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
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and technology services and solutions with more than 300 locations serving 70 countries worldwide. The company markets, distributes and optimizes the supply-chain and provides design-chain services for the products of the world’s leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Avnet brings a breadth and depth of capabilities, such as maximizing inventory efficiency, managing logistics, assembling products and providing engineering design assistance for its 100,000 customers, accelerating their growth through cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion.