Avnet Memec to Host Microsemi SpeedWay Design Workshops™, Featuring SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs

  Avnet Memec to Host Microsemi SpeedWay Design Workshops™, Featuring
  SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs

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PHOENIX -- February 5, 2013

Avnet Memec, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business
region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), will host a new series of Microsemi
SpeedWay Design Workshops™, featuring the new Microsemi SmartFusion2® SoC
FPGAs. The workshop series kicks off Feb. 19 in San Jose, Calif., and
Philadelphia, and will be held in 26 cities throughout North America.

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The SpeedWay event will provide an in-depth look at Microsemi’s new
SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and how to harness its capabilities by using this new,
compact development platform. Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 Starter Kit gives
designers access to industry standard interfaces, including Ethernet, USB 2.0
OTG, SPI, I2C and UART, while including a comprehensive breadboard area to
support unique design requirements. The kit comes preloaded with uClinux and
can be booted in 0.5 seconds. Also included is a USB WiFi module that supports
Ralink 5370 wireless radios, allowing uClinux to set up a wireless access
point that serves DHCP WiFi connections. Users can then start an HTTPD server
and access the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA via a mobile Web browser from a smart
phone or other wireless devices.

Taught by Avnet’s technical experts, the workshops combine informative
presentations with hands-on labs, from introductory to complex labs and
demonstrations. The workshops will benefit engineers new to FPGA technology,
those seeking to enhance proficiency with the ARM® Cortex™-M3 on-chip
processor and integrated FPGA/M3, and those requiring security, reliability
and/or low power in their applications.

Recommended prerequisites for the workshops are basic HDL design experience
and familiarity with C programming, but are not required.

“SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are the only devices to address the necessary
requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical
industrial, military, aviation, communications and medical applications,” said
Kris Burgoon, vice president, Avnet Memec and Avnet Electronics Marketing
Americas. “Hosting this series of Microsemi SpeedWay Design Workshops enables
Avnet Memec to offer engineers the informative tools they need to understand
and gain expertise with these products – in a hands-on laboratory

“Avnet Memec, and its team of factory-trained technical experts, is the ideal
partner to facilitate these hands-on workshops on behalf of Microsemi,” said
Jorgen Makitalo, global distribution channel director, Microsemi. “These
technical events will show design engineers how to use our design tools and
leverage the advantages of our new SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs in real-world

The one-day workshops are $99 for attendees, who each receive a SmartFusion2
Starter Kit worth $299. For more information and how to register, go to

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About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and
system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and
industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened and
highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and
ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF
solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper
products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design
capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif.,
and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at

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 website is located at

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest
distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded
technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success
by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For
the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.


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