Avnet Opens Asia Registration for X-fest 2014

X-fest technical seminars for the design engineering community to take place in 15 cities across Asia in 2014
2014-09-17 15:13 3092

HONG KONG, Sept.17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has announced that registration for X-Fest 2014 in Asia will open on September 9. The biennial X-fest technical workshops, which have become an important education resource for the design engineering community, will be held in 15 cities across Asia this year with seminars that offer practical, how-to training for FPGA, SoC, DSP, and embedded systems designers.

The X-fest seminar series offers free, full day, how-to training for system designers targeting Xilinx® All Programmable products. X-fest will run from September 2014 through January 2015 in 37 cities around the globe. Registration for workshops in Asia, held from Nov 4 to Dec 16 across 15 cities, will be available from Sept 9 via This year, the workshops will take place in 6 markets across the Asia, including Mainland China (9 cities), Taiwan (2 cities), Korea, India, Australia and Singapore. Avnet has created a short video to give engineers a preview of the event. The video can be viewed here:

This year's X-fest program features twelve technical courses based on Xilinx's All Programmable devices, including the newly introduced UltraScale™ product family. Participants can choose up to four courses from any of the three educational tracks: Zynq and the Internet of Things (IoT), Design Essentials, and Techniques and Applications. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and view hands-on product demonstrations featuring real-world solutions from top suppliers including Analog Devices Inc., STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity and Texas Instruments.

"As we open registration for our 2014/2015 global X-fest seminar series, I think back to our very first X-fest program 20 years ago," said Tim Barber, Senior Vice President, Design Chain Business Development, Avnet Electronics Marketing. "At the time, social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg was just 10 years old and the world hadn't even heard of a smartphone. So much has changed, but one thing that has remained constant is Avnet's commitment to harnessing the power of our broad ecosystem of suppliers to provide engineers with the state-of-the-art products, tools and training they need to bring groundbreaking new devices to market," he explained. "We are excited to start a new X-fest season, bringing a fresh slate of instructional programs and innovative product introductions to our customers."

"As a lead sponsor for X-fest 2014, Xilinx is working closely with Avnet to deploy yet another successful X-fest program in the fall," said Chris Henry, Vice President of Sales Operations at Xilinx. "X-fest is a great vehicle for thousands of design engineers to expand their knowledge of Xilinx's All Programmable products and best in class application design."

Due to ever-increasing demand for these practical training programs, the event has been expanded to cover more cities worldwide. To view full course descriptions, locations and registration information, visit the X-fest 2014 website.

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is the leading electronics component distributor in Asia. With its regional headquarters in Singapore, the company has offices in more than 50 locations in Asia. Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia distributes semiconductors, interconnects, passive and electromechanical components to serve a wide range of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and small- to medium-sized businesses, and provides associated design-chain and supply-chain services. More information is available at

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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 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit

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