Avnet, Xilinx Announce Programmable Logic Solutions Lab in Singapore

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of the leading global distributor of electronic components, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), together with Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions, are investing in Singapore education by providing hands-on experience for engineering students at Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic via a specially designed training lab.

The lab is funded by Xilinx while Avnet Electronics Marketing is providing experienced field applications engineers to conduct all the training including monthly workshops for students as well as customers. At the lab, students and faculty members will have the opportunity to undertake training and workshops on a variety of topics including the development of various end-user applications as well as embedded system design.

“Avnet recognises that meeting the educational needs of young people requires more than just providing them with technical knowledge. It is also important for them to learn to become innovative problem solvers,” commented Andy Wong, senior director of segment marketing and design service, Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia. “The Republic Polytechnic lab will offer a unique opportunity for students to better understand the latest technology innovations in the rapidly changing world of FPGAs and equip them with the practical knowledge necessary to tackle design challenges they may encounter when they embark on their own careers.”

“The establishment of the RP Xilinx Programmable Logic Solutions Lab will provide the necessary infrastructure for both staff and students to embark on exciting development work in areas such as digital entertainment systems, portable multimedia devices and hardware acceleration for human-machine interaction. We aim to develop this lab into a premier lab in programmable logic solutions, harnessing capabilities of students, staff and industry to break new ground in the innovation application of FPGA solutions,” commented Mr. Fong Yew Chan, Director of School of Engineering, Republic Polytechnic.

“The Republic Polytechnic is geared towards technical education and together with our strategic partner, Xilinx, we are thrilled to be able to offer our expertise and help foster the education of local students,” said Keith Lam, regional president of Avnet Electronics Marketing in South Asia.

“The joint labs will be a perfect complement to the ‘problem-based learning’ philosophy practised at Republic Polytechnic. Students will be able to develop their engineering skills by using the industry’s leading silicon and software tools to tackle realistic audio and video design projects for digital entertainment applications,” said Simon Ho, Xilinx corporate solutions marketing manager, Xilinx Asia Pacific. “As the worldwide leading programmable solution provider, Xilinx is committed to educating future engineers in Singapore and the whole Asia market with continuous increasing of programmable technology requirement.”

This latest project between Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx comes after the successful X-Fest global series of technical seminars that kicked off in China in 2007 and rolled out across Asia and on to the US and Europe.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia
Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia is part of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company with fiscal 2007 sales exceeding USD$15.68 billion. Serving customers in more than 70 countries, Avnet is one of the world’s largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM) has a significant presence in Asia-Pacific — the fastest growing electronics market in the world. With its regional headquarters in Singapore, the company has over 40 locations in 10 countries in Asia. Avnet EM Asia distributes semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components to serve a wide range of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and small- to medium-sized businesses, and provides associated design-chain and supply-chain services.

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