X-fest 2012, Avnet and Xilinx technical training events

What you can expect from X-fest 2012

Beginning in April 2012, Avnet and Xilinx will co-host FREE X-fest technical training events throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Japan.

The X-fest experience will feature:

  • Full-day, how-to training for FPGA, DSP & embedded systems designers
  • Multiple learning tracks – topics include “fundamentals,” “applications” & “Zynq™-7000 EPP”
  • 75-minute training courses devoted to design solutions for FPGA circuitry & the surrounding components
  • Specialized 7 Series & Zynq™-7000 EPP solutions training
  • Practical, real-world design examples with an emphasis on:
    • Industrial networking and control
    • Video processing
    • Wireless communication
    • Motor control
    • FPGA attach
  • Partner demonstrations & exhibits that allow for direct interaction with factory experts
  • A sneak peek at exciting new products, advanced technologies & design tools


STM32 F0 European Seminars

ARM® and ST Free European seminar series on the new STM32 F0 MCU series, between 22 May and 5 July 2012.

Attend this FREE seminar and walk away with in-depth technical knowledge of the STM32 F0 series and a FREE STM32 F0 Discovery Kit!


Technical Documentation and Software ST page or direct links:




USER MANUALS: UM AND Getting Started


The quest for low-power devices: 2012

TI creates a new low power (lower! as if the old MSP430 wasn’t already a true low power mcu) mcu product line.  The announced power reduction is @50% with new “Wolverine” MCU platform.

– Active power as low as 100 µA/MHz
– <400 nA standby with RTC and brown-out protection
– 250× less energy per bit with FRAM
– < 7 µs to wake to active from standby

The announced “Wolverine” keeps as many peripherals as can be in a “retention” mode using a power gating controller. Only the needed modules are fully powered, the idle ones are in “retention” mode.

The FRAM unified memory architecture can also lower all the memory power requirements.

It looks like one of the big energy efficient boards but at a nano-scale.

The announced voltages are 0.9v(GO, TI, GO!), 1.8v, 3.3v and 5v.

Product line page: http://www.ti.com/ww/en/mcu/wolverine/

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