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Avnet, Xilinx set up training lab in Singapore

Posted: 23 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable logic solution  Singapore training lab  embedded system 

Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx Inc. are investing in Singapore education by providing hands-on experience for engineering students at Singapore's Republic Polytechnic via a specially designed training lab.

The lab is funded by Xilinx while Avnet will provide experienced field applications engineers to conduct all the training including monthly workshops for students as well as customers.

The lab will give students and faculty members the opportunity to undertake training and workshops on a variety of topics including the development of various end-user applications as well as embedded system design.

"Avnet recognises that meeting the educational needs of young people requires more than just providing them with technical knowledge. It is also important for them to learn to become innovative problem solvers," commented Andy Wong, senior director of segment marketing and design service, Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia.

"The Republic Polytechnic lab will offer a unique opportunity for students to better understand the latest technology innovations in the rapidly changing world of FPGAs and equip them with the practical knowledge necessary to tackle design challenges they may encounter when they embark on their own careers," commented Mr. Fong Yew Chan, director of School of Engineering, Republic Polytechnic. "The establishment of the RP Xilinx Programmable Logic Solutions Lab will provide the necessary infrastructure for both staff and students to embark on exciting development work in areas such as digital entertainment systems, portable multimedia devices and hardware acceleration for human-machine interaction."

"The joint labs will be a perfect complement to the 'problem-based learning' philosophy practiced at Republic Polytechnic," said Simon Ho, Xilinx corporate solutions marketing manager, Xilinx Asia Pacific. "Students will be able to develop their engineering skills by using the industry's leading silicon and software tools to tackle realistic audio and video design projects for digital entertainment applications.

This latest project between Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx comes after the successful X-Fest global series of technical seminars that kicked off in China in 2007 and rolled out across Asia and on to the United States and Europe.

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