Avnet and Xilinx Launch North American X-fest Seminar Series

PHOENIX — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 15, 2009 — The Avnet Electronics Marketing operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) kicked off the North American leg of its 37-city global seminar series last week in San Jose, Calif. X-fest, a series of technical seminars offering practical, how-to training for FPGA, DSP and embedded systems designers, runs worldwide through February 2010 in locations throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and North America. For complete program and registration information, visit: www.em.avnet.com/xfest.

To date, nearly 4,200 people have registered to attend X-fest worldwide. These one-day seminars offer several 75-minute training courses for attendees to choose from, designed to provide specialized training on design solutions for FPGA circuitry and the components surrounding FPGAs. Attendees also have access to design solutions from sponsors including Cypress Semiconductor, Emerson Network Power, Intel, Maxim Integrated Products, Molex, National Semiconductor, Numonyx, NXP Semiconductors, Texas Instruments (TI), and Tyco Electronics. Xilinx will showcase multiple demonstrations and development platforms, including interfacing DDR3 and LPDRAM with the Xilinx Spartan®-6 hard memory controller, interfacing to an analog world, and designing products for the human experience.

“X-fest 2009 continues a 12-year tradition of delivering high-quality, deep-dive training on the latest technology to help engineers simplify their design efforts and improve product design cycles,” said Tim Barber, senior vice president of design chain business development for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “The flexible agenda allows designers to focus on the topics that are most relevant to their applications so they can be immediately implemented in their real world designs.”

Attendees will leave X-fest armed with the tools and practical knowledge necessary to tackle system level design for new and existing design challenges for embedded processing, DSP, power supplies, memory interfaces and analog front ends.

For complete information, about X-fest 2009, including full course descriptions, locations and registration information, please visit: www.em.avnet.com/xfest.

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that 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. Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 27, 2009, Avnet generated revenue of $16.23 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

About Xilinx

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions. Additional information about Xilinx is available at www.xilinx.com.

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