Avnet Memec Announces Actel Ultra-Low Power SpeedWay Design Workshop

Avnet Memec, a specialty semiconductor division of Avnet Electronics Marketing – an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) – has launched the Actel Ultra-Low Power SpeedWay Design Workshop[tm]. The new, in-depth, “how to” workshops provide hands-on experience to designers interested in leveraging Actel’s 5-microwatt IGLOO® field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for battery-operated and portable applications.

Avnet’s Actel Ultra-Low Power SpeedWay is a full-day session that introduces customers to the award-winning Actel IGLOO family and the Actel Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE). Hands-on labs using the 1.4″ x 3.6″ cell phone-sized Actel Icicle[tm] Kit allow designers to easily and rapidly program, evaluate and modify their low-power IGLOO-based portable designs.

Developed by Avnet’s factory-certified field application engineers (FAEs), the $49 Actel Ultra-Low Power workshops will be available through August 26, 2008, in 36 locations throughout North America.

“Our new SpeedWay workshops offer customers the opportunity to implement a working ultra-low power IGLOO design from start to finish,” said Phil Sansone, senior vice president of Avnet Memec. “Whether they are looking to lower power consumption and extend battery life or meet environmentally friendly design requirements, this hands-on workshop will give engineers the practical information they are looking for to make that happen.”

“Power consumption and extended battery life are critical in today’s portable electronics marketplace,” said Jay Legenhausen, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Actel. “The new SpeedWay workshops offer valuable technical training on the industry’s lowest power FPGAs as well as the tools required to closely examine power consumption, enabling customers to see for themselves the unprecedented low-power advantages and significant battery savings offered by these industry-changing programmable solutions.”

All participants will receive Actel’s battery-powered IGLOO Icicle Kit and a 7-segment digital multi-meter – a $100 value.

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 more than 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 more than 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.