A point of reference to guide your design

It’s all about delivering your innovation to market quickly. When you have access to a proven model to start from, the job becomes easier and your time to market is that much faster. Avnet’s engineering teams around the world have developed reference designs that will get you from design to delivering your innovation in no time at all. Our experience serving customers targeting a wide range of industrial and consumer markets has given us the insight to create these proven solutions.

You can build your application more efficiently when you use an Avnet reference design as the foundation.


Reference designs focused on specific markets and technologies

Depending on your objective, you may need a reference design created for a specific market application or one that covers a technology that can fit into a number of markets. When you work with Avnet, you have access to both.

Our team has created reference designs for Transportation, Surveillance and other markets. Customers have used these as a white label hardware platform to deliver their breakthrough software application. Whether you use our reference designs ‘as is’ or modify to your exact requirements, you’ll have a fully integrated and validated solution to work with.

You may also want to check out one of our reference designs that provide a building block used in different market applications. For example, we have created a reference design around software defined radio (SDR). You’ll find this really helpful if you’re designing wireless control into a line of home and building automation products or if you are looking to create an interoperable military communication system. Having a single base to work from will make creating different variations a lot easier.

If you want to save time integrating multiple functions into your application, especially for an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Avnet has an answer for that as well. Our versatile reference designs bring together multiple sensor options with low power, high performance processors and multiple modes of wireless communication. We even include cellular technology and cloud connections for the total IoT experience.

Our field applications engineering team can support all of these options and get you access to schematics, Gerber files and the bill of materials. You’ll be able to rapidly go from design to supply to build in order to deliver your product to market.

Software reference designs save time coding

If you’re creating a new feature in software for the first time, having code to use as a reference is a huge time saver. Our team has created software examples that show you how to use our development platforms to implement motor control, video applications and many others. You can access these reference designs directly online and join the community to participate in forums and learn from experts on your topic of interest.

You’ll also be able to get experience with our reference designs by attending one of our technical workshops. We hold these workshops in locations all around the world to make it convenient for you to attend without taking a lot of time out of the office. Our workshops provide deep dive technical lectures around specific design topics and include hands on labs so you can put the information into action.

Getting to market quickly is how you win customers and gain mind share. Avnet’s suite of fully integrated hardware and software reference designs provides your key to success. You can get started today by contacting your local Avnet engineering specialist or if you’d prefer, complete this form and we’ll contact you right away.

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Design: The art and science of turning an idea into reality

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Our SoM devices are available in the most popular architectures and different form factors.

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Support for building innovation based upon your vision.


MicroZed Industry 4.0 Ethernet Kit (I4EK)

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MicroZed™ Industry 4.0 Ethernet Kit (I4EK)

Avnet’s MicroZed™ Industry 4.0 Ethernet Kit (I4EK) demonstrates multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet in the Xilinx Zynq-7000™ SoC.