Nu Horizons, AMIRIX Distribute High End FPGA Development Boards

11/3/2003 - Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. (NASDAQ:NUHC), a leading distributor of high technology active components, and AMIRIX Systems Inc., a provider of custom embedded systems design services, announced a North American partnership agreement whereby Nu Horizons will distribute AMIRIX's PCI Platform FPGA Development Boards. Powered by the Virtex-II ProTM, the industry-leading FPGA technology from Xilinx, the board provides customers with enhanced embedded platform systems solutions.

The PCI Platform FPGA Development Board, which also supplies peripheral hardware reference FPGA configuration and monitor software, is used with Xilinx's Embedded Development Kit (EDK) to help industry OEMs explore FPGA embedded systems solutions based on the IBM PowerPC 405 processor core. These processor cores are used in the Virtex-II Pro which is bringing system level integration, or system-on-chip (SoC), to programmable logic.

"We are very pleased to partner with Nu Horizons for the distribution of our PCI Platform FGPA Development Board, which has generated tremendous excitement in the design community," said Richard Vallee, vice president sales and marketing at AMIRIX. "Nu Horizons' vast North American reach and innovative technical design and engineering teams make them the ideal distribution partner for our product. Customers can also leverage AMIRIX's complete custom design services to help them develop optimal solutions."

Dave Bowers, Nu Horizons executive vice president of sales and marketing, adds, "Nu Horizons continually seeks partnerships and design solutions that expand our customer tool offerings and solutions portfolio to provide time-to-market advantages. Our partnering with AMIRIX to distribute their high end FGPA Board combined with their expertise in hardware, embedded software and board level systems integration, further enhances our third-party design development expertise to ensure our customers' multiple platform needs are competitively addressed."

For more than twenty years, AMIRIX has been providing OEMs throughout North America with product solutions and enhancements that incorporate high performance circuit boards, FPGAs and embedded software. Electronic design services include architectural system design, detailed system design and implementation, prototype and production manufacturing, system integration, and system redesign. AMIRIX's considerable knowledge and IP related to Platform FPGA technology - particularly the emerging Virtex-II ProTM - led to the development of the PCI Platform FPGA Development Board.

About AMIRIX Systems Inc.
Founded in 1981, AMIRIX provides custom embedded systems design services for electronic production realization. Core capabilities include high performance board design and integration, programmable logic design, and embedded software design. AMIRIX solutions are flexible, time-to-market efficient, cost effective, and are found in defense, aerospace, medical applications and communications platforms. AMIRIX is also a Xilinx XPERTS Certified Diamond third party design partner.

About Nu Horizons Electronics Corp.
Nu Horizons is a leading distributor of high technology active components, including analog, communications, discretes, optical, logic & peripherals, memory, microcontrollers, system on chip (SOC), board level and computer system products to a wide variety of commercial original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With sales facilities in thirty-three locations across North America and Asia, and logistics centers in centralized locations throughout the globe, Nu Horizons partners with a limited number of best-in-class suppliers to provide in-depth product and solutions expertise to its customers. Information on Nu Horizons and its services is available at

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