Avnet Electronics Marketing Delivers Virtex-4 SpeedWay Seminars-TM- at Customer Locations; Onsite Presentations Dive Deeply into the Feature-Rich Platform FPGA Family

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 8:00 am MST



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"Avnet Electronics Marketing offers a complete program enabling customers to quickly learn about and begin designing with Virtex-4 FPGAs"
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2004--North American customers looking to delve into the powerful capabilities of the Virtex(TM)-4 family of platform FPGAs from Xilinx(R) can now request an onsite seminar from Avnet Electronics Marketing. Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is offering these seminars free of charge and individual seminars can be scheduled at a convenient time. Seminars can last anywhere from one to three hours depending on the specific questions of the audience. Onsite seminars can be requested by registering at

The seminar provides details on all three Virtex-4 platforms: the LX targeted for high-performance logic applications, the SX focused on high-performance DSP designs and the FX which enhances embedded processing applications. Also included in the agenda are the following topics: integrated PowerPC(TM) processors, the world's most popular embedded processor architecture; next-generation Xtreme(TM) DSP technology; Advanced Silicon Modular Block (ASMBL) architecture and RocketIO(TM) serial transceivers. Revolutionary new capabilities for clock and power management and memory optimization, opening new doors for designers, will also be addressed along with the latest integrated software environment, ISE 6.3i from Xilinx. Also included in the seminar is a presentation about the new Virtex-4 LX25 Evaluation Kit from Avnet Design Services.

"Avnet field application engineers and account managers have been well trained on the architecture and on how to support the Virtex-4 platform FPGA family," stated Jim Schaeffer, senior vice president of Avnet Design Services. "Our team is poised to drive the awareness, knowledge and adoption of these innovative products from Xilinx."

"Avnet Electronics Marketing offers a complete program enabling customers to quickly learn about and begin designing with Virtex-4 FPGAs," said Andrew Girardi, director of business marketing for the Advanced Products Group at Xilinx. "We believe our customers will enhance their time to market by taking advantage of Avnet's suite of services."

Customers who register at will be contacted by an Avnet account manager to set up a time for the local field application engineer to deliver the seminar at their location. Additional questions can be sent to for more information.

About Virtex-4 FPGAs

Enabled by the revolutionary ASMBL(TM) (Advanced Silicon Modular Block) architecture, Virtex-4 FPGAs deliver more options than any other FPGA family available today. With more than 100 technical innovations, the Virtex-4 family consists of 17 devices and three domain-optimized platforms: Virtex-4 LX FPGAs for logic-intensive designs, Virtex-4 SX FPGAs for high-performance signal processing, and Virtex-4 FX FPGAs for high-speed serial connectivity and embedded processing. A multiplatform approach makes it possible for customers to select the optimal mix of resources for their application to achieve the highest functionality and performance at the lowest cost.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc., a Fortune 500 company with fiscal 2004 sales of more than $10 billion, and one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas (EMA) serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in North America and Brazil, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated services. The company's Web site is located at


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