SILICA opens registration for X-Fest 2012 technical seminars

Continuing a 15-year legacy of innovation, Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc., and Xilinx, Inc. has announced that registration is now open for X-fest 2012.

Representing the European region, Avnet EM’s business unit, SILICA, will manage the complete X-Fest series of free, one-day seminars that will be presented in 7 locations across Europe.

The program features twelve technical courses based on Xilinx’s new Artix-7, Kintex -7 and Virtex  7 FPGAs, as well as the new Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) family. Industry experts and hands-on demonstrations featuring real-world solutions will be showcased from Analog Devices, Inc., Cypress, Maxim, Micron Technology, TE Connectivity, Texas Instruments (TI) and others. Design engineers will leave X-fest armed with the tools and practical knowledge they need to tackle existing and future design application challenges, and extend product life cycles.

Attendees have the ability to customize their day by picking up to four courses from any of the three unique training tracks.

  • The FPGA Fundamentals track features four courses aimed at common design issues facing both new and advanced FPGA designers. Topics around Xilinx 28nm 7series FPGAs include power design, optimizing memory interfaces, clocking and PCIe interface implementations.
  • The Applications track delves deeper into design methodologies and techniques required in designing with the Zynq-7000 EPP and 7 series FPGAs. Application oriented topics include wired communications, motor control, video and real-world analog processing.
  • The Zynq-7000 EPP track provides four courses dedicated to the ARM® dual core Cortex-A9 MPCore based device. Topics include an introductory overview of the Zynq-7000 EPP architecture, Zynq-7000 EPP development tools overview and software acceleration techniques using the Zynq-7000 EPP’s programmable logic.

For more information or to view full course descriptions, locations and registration information, visit the X-fest 2012 website. Watch a short video about what you’ll see at X-fest.

“Avnet, Xilinx and our industry-leading X-fest sponsors have created this seminar series to help designers navigate through the complexities of advanced technologies, providing them with technical insight from a broad spectrum of industry leaders,” said Tim Barber, senior vice president, global design chain business development, Avnet Electronics Marketing. “In its fifteenth year, this X-fest is built around the Xilinx 7-series and Zynq-7000 solutions, delivering unique content that FPGA and embedded designers around the world can use to propel the technology industry forward.”

“X-Fest is a unique opportunity for design engineers around the globe to get hands-on experience and gain a fresh understanding of the latest developments in the world of FPGAs and their convergence with embedded processing,” said Chris Henry, vice president, Channel Sales from Xilinx. “They will learn how Xilinx has moved FPGAs further into the embedded space with the cooperation of ARM and how our FPGAs are now offering more than what Moore’s Law makes possible.”