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Avnet Electronics Marketing and TI to Teach Workshops On Wireless Connectivity


PHOENIX -- Starting July 28, 2011, Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) will be demonstrating wireless connectivity capabilities with the assistance of TI’s eZ430-Chronos wireless watch development kit. This latest series of SpeedWay Design Workshops™ are being held in nearly 40 cities throughout North America. To register, visit:

These one-day SpeedWays include overviews and trends of various technologies used for wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth™, ZigBee and others. Based on TI’s CC430 integrated system-on-chip, the eZ430-Chronos is a complete wireless development system, uniquely packaged as a wearable sports watch. The hands-on labs and training material will be presented by Avnet’s factory trained applications engineers.

“We’re very excited about Avnet’s SpeedWay workshop because it gives users hands-on experience with one of the most innovative development kits, the eZ430-Chronos,” said Adrian Valenzuela, product marketing engineer for TI’s MSP platform. “We’ve seen a broad range of applications develop, from the practical personal fitness applications well-suited for a sports watch, to hobbyist projects controlling wireless robots, and the SpeedWay series will enable an even broader user base to get started easily.”

“Our workshops help hardware and software engineers who are unfamiliar with wireless design to understand the terminology and design considerations for adding wireless connectivity to their products” said Joe Tillison, technology director, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas.

“The cleverly designed Chronos development kit is a novel and easy-to-use platform for demonstrating basic wireless communication using a narrowband 915 MHz network, and it facilitates some unique wireless applications like exercise monitors, slide presentation controllers, or even a motion-based remote control car controller using the onboard 3-axis accelerometer. Working together with TI, we’ve created an effective, fun and practical introductory wireless training that will make the most of an engineer’s limited time. ”

Cost to Attend
These seminars cost $25.00 to attend. Each attendee will receive a TI eZ430-Chronos wireless watch development kit to keep, valued at $49. To view upcoming dates and cities for this SpeedWay Design Workshop, visit

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 in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2010, Avnet generated revenue of $19.16 billion. For more information, visit


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