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Avnet, TI Plan Technical Seminars

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has teamed up with Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) to hold a series of SpeedWay® technical seminars on the new open source community BeagleBoard-xM, featuring TI’s ARM® microprocessor-based EZ Software Development Kit (EZ SDK).

Attendees will also receive technical training on the embedded Linux system and best practices for integrating Linux with the TI EZ SDK.

Registration is open now at www.em.avnet.com/beagleboardxm, and the cost to attend is $199.

Making stops at 10 locations throughout the Americas, this daylong technical seminar series will feature presentations and hands-on labs demonstrating TI’s DaVinci digital media processors, C6000™ digital signal processors (DSP), DSP + ARM processors and ARM microprocessors. Technical experts from both Avnet and TI will teach design engineers how to take full advantage of the latest release of the popular BeagleBoard development platform.

“TI is continually seeking ways to make embedded development easier,” said Jake Alamat, director, marketing, ARM microprocessors, TI. “By teaming up with Avnet, embedded developers can learn Linux programming by utilizing the popular open source community platform, BeagleBoard-xM, along with TI’s EZ SDK. It’s a great way to springboard development into other areas of embedded hardware design.”

“BeagleBoard-xM and TI’s EZ SDK are great tools to jumpstart Linux development on TI’s popular ARM microprocessors,” said John Weber, applications engineering manager at Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “Avnet’s technical team created this training with a strong focus on the popular, affordable BeagleBoard-xM. This course eliminates the learning curve by detailing the installation process all the way to application development with TI’s EZ SDK.”

The attendance fee for this SpeedWay is $199. As part of the attendance fee, attendees will receive the BeagleBoard-xM, along with an accessory kit, which includes a 5V, 6A power supply, 4GB SD card, SD card reader and USB to serial adapter.

The BeagleBoard-xM delivers 1GHz ARM® Cortex™-A8 performance and extra memory with 512MB of low-power DDR RAM, enabling hobbyists, innovators and engineers to go beyond their current imagination. Designed with the community input in mind, this open hardware design improves upon the laptop-like performance and expandability, while keeping at handheld power levels. Direct connectivity is supported by the on-board four-port hub with 10/100 Ethernet, while maintaining a tiny 3.25-square-inch footprint.

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