Avnet’s Xilinx Spartan-6 LX9 FPGA MicroBoard Kit Now Supported by Micrium Kernels

Micrium, in conjunction with Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), and Xilinx®, is proud to announce that the Spartan®-6 LX9 FPGA MicroBoard Kit now fully supports the uC/OS-II and uC/OS-III real-time kernels.  The Xilinx Spartan-6 LX9 FPGA MicroBoard kit features several pre-built hardware designs, as well as uC/OS-III-based examples, allowing the user to quickly evaluate and experiment with the Spartan-6 LX9 FPGA, the Xilinx MicroBlazeTM embedded soft processor core and Micrium's real-time kernels.  The USB-stick form factor MicroBoard is a low-cost, portable solution for developers looking to create their next design idea.  Incorporating the Micrium kernels provides organization and structure to help develop software and, combined with the MicroBlaze processor, provides the perfect starting point to quickly and efficiently develop an embedded product.

The Xilinx Spartan-6 LX9 FPGA MicroBoard Kit includes the Spartan-6 FPGA, low-power DDR memory, an Ethernet port, programmable clock and two expansion ports for I/O access.  A license for the Xilinx software development kit (SDK) is also included, providing a familiar Eclipse-based environment for writing and debugging MicroBlaze processor code.

"Avnet's Spartan-6 LX9 FPGA MicroBoard Kit provides a great starting point for both hardware and software designers who want to evaluate or integrate the MicroBlaze processor into their next design," said Jim Beneke, vice president global technical marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing.  "The support from Micrium's uC/OS-III RTOS gives software engineers the ability to experiment with the enhanced capabilities of a real-time operating system."

"The Spartan-6 family offers an optimal balance of low risk, low cost, and low power for cost-sensitive applications," said Raj Seelam, senior marketing manager, platform solutions at Xilinx.  "Adding a real-time kernel for the MicroBlaze processor is key to creating a successful microprocessor-based design, and Micrium is widely recognized as providing quality products."

"The MicroBoard offers a highly capable, low-cost solution for embedded engineers wanting to experiment and evaluate high-performance FPGAs as well as some of the highest quality embedded software components," said Jean Labrosse, founder, president and CEO of Micrium.  "Through Micrium's kernels, all early adopters of the Spartan-6 FPGA LX9 MicroBoard have a robust foundation for reliable and efficient multitasking applications."

The MicroBoard retails for $89.00 and is available through your local Avnet sales office or online at AvnetExpress.com.  Sample projects and accompanying application notes from Avnet can be viewed at www.em.avnet.com/s6microboard and www.micrium.com/page/downloads/ports/xilinx.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services.  The group's website is located at www.em.avnet.com.

About Avnet, Inc.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology, serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide.  Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions.  For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2010, Avnet generated revenue of $19.16 billion.  For more information, visit www.avnet.com.   

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of programmable platforms.  For more information, visit: www.xilinx.com.

About Micrium
Micrium provides the highest quality embedded software components by way of clean source code, unsurpassed documentation, and customer support.  Starting with Micrium's flagship products, the uC/OS kernels, through its complete line of software, Micrium shortens time to market throughout all product development cycles and builds products that address today's increased design complexity.  For additional information, visit: www.micrium.com.


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