Avnet Applied Computing Launches Avnet FastBuild, an Online Tool to Quickly Configure Custom White Boxes

10/24/2002 - Avnet Applied Computing launched its newest weapon in the battle to reduce the time-to-market concerns of its system builder and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers — Avnet FastBuild.

This online configuration tool allows Avnet Applied Computing customers to quickly create customized white-box desktops or servers to meet any application. Avnet FastBuild combines this easy-to-use tool with powerful, unique elements, designed to provide a superior user experience and end product — not a white box, but a "Right Box."

These elements include:

Ships as parts or fully integrated — Some system builders simply want to build their customers' computers themselves, so they know the system inside and out before the customer takes delivery. Avnet FastBuild gives those customers the option to receive the same name brand, pre-tested components, fully integrated and ready to go out of the box, or as a kit, for a few dollars less.

"We've taken all the input and suggestions from our work with white-box manufacturers and rolled them into a powerful, elegant online tool that gives them everything they are looking for in a white-box solution," said Ed Kamins, president of Avnet Applied Computing.

"By relying on Avnet FastBuild, system builders no longer have to worry about managing inventory, tracking product roadmaps or testing compatibility. They can install our Right Boxes in their customers' environments with confidence, knowing that every Right Box takes advantage of all the technical, integration, logistics and support expertise that we can bring to bear on the customers' behalf. That is the Right Box experience."

About Avnet Applied Computing
Avnet Applied Computing, a Phoenix-based distribution specialist with operations in North America, Europe and Asia, focuses on the unique requirements of computing OEMs, independent software vendors and system builders who want to take their embedded systems or white-box solutions to market quickly. Avnet Applied Computing offers a wide array of services, including engineering assistance, integration and support services, supply-chain management, financing, and physical distribution of end products.

Avnet Applied Computing, a $1.68 billion operating group of Avnet Inc., also markets off-the-shelf components such as CPUs, mass storage devices, flat-panel displays, embedded and commercial motherboards, memory modules, networking, mobile/wireless computing, point-of-sale and software products.

About Avnet
Phoenix-based Avnet is one of the world's largest technology marketing and services providers, with fiscal year 2002 sales of $8.9 billion (year ended June 28, 2002). The company distributes semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components, embedded systems and computer products from leading manufacturers. Serving customers in 63 countries, Avnet delivers services such as inventory management, supply-chain services, bill-of-material analysis, systems integration and engineering design assistance.

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