Avnet Offers Online Configurator for AMD Opteron White Box Servers

4/24/2003 - Avnet Applied Computing -- an AMD Authorized distributor and an AMD Opteron(TM) processor launch partner -- launched QuickSource, an online configuration tool that allows system builders to create customized, fully validated AMD Opteron processor-based white box servers in minutes. A self-guided demonstration of the tool is available at http://www.quicksource.avnet.com/.

"For system builders looking to get AMD Opteron processor-based solutions to their customers, selecting and testing the right components to go into an AMD Opteron processor-based system can be a time-consuming process," said George Condon, executive vice president of Avnet Applied Computing's AMD business unit. "QuickSource allows system builders to quickly select the name-brand components that go into their custom systems themselves, knowing that every combination has been fully validated by our engineers to work together right out of the box."

Through an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, QuickSource customers can choose from the most trusted name-brand components from AMD, Hitachi, Seagate, Micron, Fujitsu, Newisys and more as they build the exact solution for their customer's requirements. All combinations are fully validated and can ship as a kit for system builders to assemble themselves, or as a fully integrated solution ready to plug in right out of the box. Either way, QuickSource orders ship in as little as 72 hours -- based on product availability -- from Avnet's two Integration Solution Centers.

"Even though the AMD Opteron processor specifications were just released today, Avnet Applied Computing has been working closely with AMD to ensure that a number of AMD Opteron processor-based reference designs are available for configuration and purchase through QuickSource the day of launch," added Condon. "In addition, Avnet offers AMD Athlon(TM) processor-based desktops and notebook configuration platforms as well, to provide a one-stop shop for all the system builder's needs."

"QuickSource is an excellent way for resellers to take advantage of an AMD Opteron processor-based system's scalable 32- and 64-bit technology in a complete, validated server," said Ben Williams, director of server market development, AMD's Computation Products Group. "With QuickSource, system builders can leverage Avnet Applied Computing's technical resources to get proven AMD Opteron processor-based designs to customers, improving overall time to market."

Please visit quicksource.avnet.com for a demonstration, or for more details on the QuickSource online configurator.

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. (NYSE:AVT), 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. Avnet Applied Computing is on the Web at http://www.aac.avnet.com/.

About Avnet
Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT) 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. Its Web site is located at www.avnet.com.

AMD, AMD Opteron, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Consortium.

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