Avnet and STMicroelectronics Deliver STM32 Technical Seminars

PHOENIX—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 15, 2008— Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a part of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), in conjunction with global independent semiconductor company STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), has announced the two companies will offer a new technical seminar based on the STM32 ARM(R) Cortex-M3-powered MCU family. The STM32 ARM(R) Cortex-M3 MCU Seminar will be offered free of charge in locations across North America beginning January 22.

STMicroelectronics' innovative STM32, a microcontroller family based on the ARM Cortex-M3, delivers breakthrough power and processing performance for embedded system developers. During the one-day seminar, Avnet's factory trained and certified field application engineers (FAEs) will demonstrate the STM32's capabilities and the benefits of using the device's ARM Cortex-M3 core and rich peripheral set in embedded applications. The seminar will also cover practical use of the hardware and associated software tools to achieve optimal results.

ARM family products enable designers to improve system processing and reduce power requirements. "STMicroelectronics is the leading innovator in bringing the ARM Cortex-M3 MCU to market. Their expertise, combined with in-depth demonstrations and ongoing design support from Avnet's FAEs, will enable attendees to leave the seminar armed with the knowledge and tool set necessary to make the most of their embedded designs," said Marc Gsand, vice president of marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas.

"Avnet has committed its technical organization to the STM32 and is investing its resources to lead these technical training sessions," said John North, vice president of ST's North America Distribution. "Their enthusiasm ensures that customers attending these training sessions will come away with the knowledge and tools to take full advantage of the STM32's features in their embedded applications."

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the only STMicroelectronics channel partner hosting the STM32 MCU Seminar series. For more information and to register, please visit: www.em.avnet.com/2008cortexseminar.

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. The group's Web site is located at www.em.avnet.com

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. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.


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