Avnet Applied Computing Develops Class 100 Clean Room for Flat Panel

5/22/2003 - Avnet Applied Computing, a $1.68 billion operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), focusing on the embedded and white box computing markets, unveiled its plans to develop the distribution industry's first Class 100 clean room specifically designed for flat panel assembly and integration. Avnet Applied Computing has seen a growing demand for its flat panel display integration services. By creating a dedicated Class 100 clean room at its Phoenix headquarters, the company will increase its flat panel display integration capabilities by six-fold.

"Avnet Applied Computing has identified touch screen, kiosk and other flat panel applications as market drivers in the embedded technologies channel," said Troy Blanchette, senior vice president of Avnet FasTrac Services. "The development of this clean room allows Avnet Applied Computing to be extremely competitive within the flat panel display market and underscores our continuing commitment to provide world-class services that support the custom integration needs of our customers. We recognize that our customer base is using flat panel displays in innovative embedded applications. It has always been our goal within our services organization to be the solutions provider of choice for our customers, so adding this significant capability is a natural evolution of our portfolio offering."

Avnet Applied Computing's clean room will meet the specifications of one of the most comprehensive federal classes of clean rooms, Class 100. By receiving this classification, the facility will have no more than 100 particles larger than 0.5 microns in any given cubic foot of air. This level of air purity ensures that contaminants will not be able to adhere to the flat panel as it is assembled into a finished product with casing and a touch screen.

"Typically, flat panel display integration and assembly takes place within the manufacturing community, which often adds steps to the supply chain," said Cheri Callihan, corporate distribution manager, display products, NEC Electronics America Inc. "By partnering with Avnet Applied Computing, NEC is able to bring the final product integration closer to the end customer, which makes design customization more efficient, less expensive and provides OEMs with significant time-to-market advantages. Avnet Applied Computing's commitment to creating a Class 100 clean room for integration will assure our OEM customers that they are receiving products that adhere to a high level of quality standards."

The Class 100 clean room is designed to be scalable, which will enable Avnet Applied Computing to continue to expand its capabilities based on market demands. The Class 100 clean room will be fully operational by the end of this quarter.

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. Avnet Applied Computing is on the Web at http://aac.avnet.com/.

About Avnet
Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. 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.

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