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Avnet Silica announces EtherCAT starter kit for industrial Ethernet development
2017-08-09

Semiconductor specialist Avnet Silica has unveiled the availability of a new EtherCAT starter kit for the development of a wide range of fast industrial Ethernet technology-based applications. Implementing the standard Ethernet data-packet format, which provides connectivity to existing Ethernet networks without special routers or switches, EtherCAT delivers highly-efficient, real-time performance enabling data insertion and/or extraction ‘on the fly’.

Based on Microchip's LAN9252 EtherCAT slave controller chip, the easy-to-use node-development starter kit offers Pmod- and Arduino-compatible interfaces including SPI/QSPI, in addition to a header with all I/Os of the LAN9252, which enables direct connection to a wide selection of microcontroller or microprocessor starter kits for fast prototyping. Target applications for the kit include motor-based motion control, robotics, communication modules and I/O interface cards in factory and process automation, rotary encoders and sensors, or control of devices such as actuators, valves and drives in hydraulic and pneumatic valve systems, among many other applications. In addition, the new EtherCAT starter kit can be integrated into the Avnet Silica Visible Things platform for the development of Internet of Things (IoT) projects and applications. Central to the new EtherCAT kit is the LAN9252 from Microchip, which is a 2/3-port EtherCAT slave controller with dual integrated Ethernet PHYs, each including a full-duplex 100Base-TX transceiver to support 100Mbps operation. The chip also supports auto-MDIX, allowing the use of direct-connect or crossover LAN cables, as well as offering support for a 100Base-FX external fibre transceiver. Other features of the LAN9252 include 4K-bytes dual-port memory (DPRAM), four SyncManagers, three Fieldbus MMUs, a 64-bit distributed clock and extended temperature range from -40°C up to 105°C. The LAN9252 slave controller offers three operational mode options including microcontroller, digital I/O and expansion modes. In microcontroller mode, the LAN9252 communicates with the host MCU via a flexible 8/16-bit host bus interface or SPI or quad-SPI interface; in digital I/O mode, the LAN9252 controls 16 digital I/O signals without the need of a host MCU; and in expansion mode, use of the LAN9252's third external PHY Ethernet interface can enable a star- or tree-network topology, or even build a four-port solution with an additional LAN9252, enabling a very high level of implementation flexibility. The starter kit also offers two RJ45 Ethernet interfaces, as well as operation from a single 3.3V supply; power supply options are via USB or the PMOD and Arduino interfaces. Finally, the starter kit works with the Beckhoff EtherCAT protocol stack, which is free for members of the ETG (EtherCAT Technology Group) as well as many other EtherCAT stacks. Avnet Silica is also currently developing sample software solutions for customers for use with PIC32 and ARM-Cortex based host microcontrollers.

"Microchip and Avnet Silica have a long-standing relationship, and we are both dedicated to working closely with our customers to understand and meet their industrial networking needs. EtherCAT is an established, proven standard which is preferred by most motor control, grid autorotation and data acquisition companies/", said Ian Saturley, worldwide marketing manager for USB and Networking at Microchip. He added: "many topologies in place are now also calling for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) which are embraced within EtherCAT. In generating the PMOD-COM-ETHERCAT system, Avnet Silica has responded to customers' requests with a fast time to market and low cost of entry evaluation platform."

The EtherCAT starter kit is available from Avnet Silica offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom immediately.

Avnet Silica introduces cost-optimized MiniZed platform for embedded vision and industrial IoT systems
2017-07-31

Semiconductor and embedded computing specialist Avnet Silica has introduced the compact and cost-effective MiniZed Zynq SoC development platform. MiniZed provides an entry-level development and demonstration platform for single-core Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC devices. This cost-optimized solution supports cloud connectivity and industrial IoT applications such as motor control and embedded vision. Showcasing the power of the Zynq-7000S SoC device family, which features a single-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor paired with 28nm Artix-7 based programmable logic, MiniZed represents the lowest cost entry point to the scalable Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC development platform. MiniZed's compact design – small enough to fit into a shirt pocket – features on-board connectivity through USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Peripherals can be plugged into dual Pmod-compatible connectors, the Arduino-compatible shield interface or the USB 2.0 host interface. User LEDs, a button and a switch allow for a physical board interface, while JTAG circuitry is incorporated onto the MiniZed base board. Tutorials use the on-board microphone as an example input to demonstrate how to easily implement filters and FFTs in the fabric. The on-board eMMC (8GB) provides convenient storage for the OS, files and logs. The MiniZed platform is supported by the www.minized.org community website where users can collaborate with other engineers also working on Zynq designs. It is available through Avnet Silica offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Avnet Silica to franchise Silego Technology
2017-07-03

Semiconductor specialist Avnet Silica will distribute the product portfolio of Silego Technology in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) following the recently signed exclusive global distribution channel agreement between Avnet and Silego. The agreement is immediately effective, enabling Avnet Silica to offer its customers access to Silego's Configurable Mixed-signal Integrated Circuit technology. Silego pioneered the development of Configurable Mixed-signal ICs (CMICs), using non-volatile memory to configure and integrate analog, digital logic and power functions enabling design engineers to reduce power, cost, size and time to market. Since the introduction of the CMIC technology, Silego has developed five generations of CMIC silicon and design tools and sold over 2.7 billion units.

"The phenomenal demand for devices like smartphones, tablets, wearables and IoT-enabled solutions has compounded designers' long-standing mandate for 'smaller, faster, cheaper'", said Lynn Torrel, senior vice president, semiconductor business development, worldwide for Avnet. "Silego's unique CMIC GreenPAKTM platform and Integrated Power Switch (IPS) portfolio, provide designers with new levels of configurability, power and performance that can significantly accelerate and optimize the development of truly differentiated devices and systems. We appreciate the trust Silego has demonstrated in Avnet with this exclusive agreement and are looking forward to a long and prosperous collaboration."

"Configurable mixed-signal ICs are an important technology that can mean the functional replacement of many other devices leading to smaller footprint in board real estate and a lower bill of materials, as well as enabling engineers to develop their own customized mixed-signal solutions", said Laurence Dellicott, technical marketing director for Avnet Silica. "We are delighted to add these Silego products to our portfolio as an additional system building block that we can offer to key European customers operating across a wide range of markets including data communication, consumer, as well as the industrial sector." Silego products are available through Avnet Silica offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Avnet Silica signs franchise agreement with ISSI
2017-06-28

Semiconductor specialist Avnet Silica has signed a franchise agreement with Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) whereby Avnet Silica will stock the full range of ISSI products. ISSI designs and develops a range of integrated circuits (ICs) for the automotive, communications, digital consumer, industrial and medical markets. The agreement is effective immediately, with Avnet Silica stocking ISSI products including amplifiers and DRAM, flash and SRAM memory solutions. "By partnering with Avnet Silica, ISSI is pleased to be able to offer customers the highest level of technical support through Avnet's expert FAEs", said Barry Ansell, Director of European Distribution at ISSI. "This alliance will support our long-term commitment to building collaborative relationships with customers who value quality, long term support and a stable source of supply."

Mario Orlandi, President at Avnet Silica, added: "the agreement with ISSI complements the selection of products available from Avnet Silica. The addition of the ISSI range will further simplify the buying process for our customers, who continue to have access to a wide range of technical support from our engineering teams."

ISSI provides high-speed and low-power SRAM and low- and medium-density DRAM solutions. These products are ideal for the long lifecycles, high quality and stable supply demanded by customers in the automotive and industrial markets, which make up over 80% of ISSI's revenue. The company also designs and markets NOR flash products and high-performance analogue and mixed-signal ICs.

ISSI products are immediately available through Avnet Silica offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Avnet and Xilinx expand global channel relationship
2017-06-02

Semiconductor specialist Avnet and Xilinx, a provider of All Programmable products, have renewed the commitment to their successful Primary Global Channel relationship of 31 consecutive years and wider distribution of Xilinx's All Programmable products. The expansion of the relationship includes additional investment in technical selling resources worldwide; an entry into Avnet's design and supply chain ecosystem; plus access to Avnet's EMEA-based specialist semiconductor distribution arm, EBV Elektronik – all of which strengthen the long-standing relationship. The mutual renewal and deepened relationship with Avnet, which now spans 31 of the 33 years Xilinx has been in business, is underscored by these new benefits for customers:

  • Additional resource investment and customer solution provisioning
  • Significantly more technical resources across all of Avnet's global regions
  • Two-channel distribution strategy to compete effectively against other programmable logic architectures in EMEA
  • Full access to Avnet's design chain and supply chain ecosystem – Hackster.io, Premier Farnell, and MakerSource - to identify new customer types, understand their requirements, and provide Xilinx and Avnet high-value solutions across the entrepreneur to enterprise market continuum
  • Pair Xilinx products and solutions with Avnet's other leading supplier partner product portfolios creating even higher value and more comprehensive solutions offerings for customers with earlier entry into the design process
  • New access to Avnet's demand generation powerhouse EBV business

"This announcement demonstrates the strength of Avnet's commitment to our partnership with Xilinx, and to our global customers, by providing the resources they need to accelerate time-to-market and move new designs seamlessly from prototype through to volume production", said Avnet CEO William Amelio. "The unprecedented relationship between Avnet and Xilinx continues to set the industry standard for truly synergistic technical collaboration and first-class customer support. We help customers around the world guide today's ideas into tomorrow's technology."

"We value the long standing relationship with Avnet and the critical role they have played in deploying Xilinx technology across a wide range of markets. The expansion of our global partnership is a testament of our long term commitment, enabling a deeper engagement between our companies and our customers", said Krishna Rangasayee, executive vice president of global sales at Xilinx. "The addition of EBV is strategic to our business growth, and the significant investment in resources across the geographies will enable more customers to realize the full potential and unique capabilities of Xilinx products."

Beginning July 1, 2017, the EBV Elektronik line card will be expanded to sell and support Xilinx solutions to diverse customers in fast-growing market segments including: artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, embedded vision, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and 5G. Avnet Silica, also based in EMEA, will continue to distribute Xilinx solutions, furthering the benefits for Avnet's customers. Xilinx is the world's leading provider of programmable platforms, with nearly 51% market segment share and €2.09b in revenues in calendar year 2016. EBV Elektronik, Europe's leading semiconductor distribution specialist, operates across 64 offices in 29 countries throughout Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom) as well as in Israel and South Africa. EBV maintains a staff of 263 technical sales specialists and 128 continuously trained application engineers.

"We are seeing a growing number of customers choosing to deploy hardware and software 'all programmable' technology to create highly differentiated and flexible systems, with significant advantages in performance, power, and connectivity. Applications span an increasingly wide range of intelligent edge-to-cloud applications", said Slobodan Puljarevic, president EBV Elektronik. "At the same time, continued supplier consolidation is leaving gaps in regional technology ecosystems, sometimes limiting customers' component options. We now have the opportunity to ensure that our programmable logic and SoC customer base has access to Xilinx’s industry leading All Programmable product portfolio."

 

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Avnet Silica Danmark
Lyskær 9
DK-2730 Herlev
Denmark
Phone : +45 43 22 80 10
Fax : +45 43 22 80 11
Website : http://silica.avnet.com
E-mail : herlev@avnet.eu

Team

President : Mr Miguel Fernandez (*** ****** ********* ** **)
President : Mr Mario Orlandi (*** ****** ********* **)
Vice-president : Mr Massimo Dall'Occo (*** ****** ********* ** **)
General manager : Mr Michael Hansen (*** ****** ********* ** )
Sales director : Mr Jan Malmgren (*** ****** ********* *)

Information

Creation year : 1986
Centrale Virksomheds Register nummer : 26-76-67-10
VAT number : DK 26 76 67 10
Annual turnover
2015 : 7,19 M€
2014 : 6,69 M€
2013 : 5,96 M€
2012 : 5,91 M€
2011 : 18,14 M€
Indirect turnover : 95%
Specialist : Semiconductors and electronic components
Main brands : Analog Devices, Freescale, Intel, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics
Clients : Industrials, OEM, software editors, specialized resellers
Employees : 13 people