Insight and Xilinx Feed Minds of Design Engineers with X-Fest

9/15/2003 - Insight, a member of The Memec Group, the world's leading distributor of proprietary advanced-technology semiconductors, and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions, announced the fifth annual X-Fest. Running from early October through mid-December and held in 37 locations across North America, X-Fest will deliver technical sessions for design engineers interested in learning more about the latest Xilinx suite of solutions. For complete information or to register now, visit

Beginning on Oct. 7, the multi-track technical program is expected to draw more than 2000 participants throughout North America and will offer a mix of hour-long tutorial sessions, half-day hands-on workshops, and a full-day hands-on Multi-Gigabit Serial I/O Design workshop. In addition to helping customers meet their design time requirements and improve design skills and productivity, the workshops will offer bundled packages with low cost development kits.

The X-Fest forums will also include exhibits and demonstration sessions from Insight partners Agilent , Anadigm®, Magma Design , Model Technology , Synplicity , Texas Instruments and Wind River.

"X-Fest 2003 focuses on the latest Xilinx technology innovations and FPGA design topics while providing hands-on expert training that is unsurpassed in the industry," said Karen Worley, president and CEO, Insight. "These innovations make it is easy to see why Xilinx is the programmable logic leader and a highly valued supplier of Insight."

"The rapid development of programmable logic solutions creates a need for effective user training. X-Fest is a comprehensive customer education program delivering technical tutorials that enable FPGA designers to get up-to-speed quickly and easily on the latest Xilinx technology," said Per Holmberg, director of Programmable Systems Marketing at Xilinx. "For example, this year's sessions include an overview of the recently released Xilinx Integrated Software Environment 6.1i (ISE). The collaboration efforts between Xilinx and Insight continue to result in a unique balance of cutting edge products and exceptional support for our mutual customers."

Registration Information, Price and Availability
For complete information about X-Fest 2003 tutorials, half- and full-day workshops and to register for the workshop near you, visit or dial 1.888.488.4133 ext 920. Space is limited.

About Insight Memec
Insight Memec is a member of The Memec Group, the world's leading distributor of proprietary advanced-technology semiconductors. Insight focuses its line card on leading semiconductor companies, allowing their sales team and field applications engineers to maintain superior product knowledge and create demand for supplier partner goods. The company's value-added services, design expertise, inventory management, logistics, and e-business tools ensure that customers receive the products they need, when and where they need them. For more information, please visit

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit

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