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Premier Farnell adds Xilinx All Programmable device product line to its line card

Semiconductor specialist Premier Farnell has added the Xilinx All Programmable device product line including Zynq SoCs, Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs, and FPGAs to its line card. That means Xilinx All Programmable devices are available from Farnell element14 in the EMEA region through offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Matrix Labs announces partnership with Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, has unveiled an exclusive partnership with Matrix Labs to manufacture and distribute Matrix Creator to a global network of developers and makers of all skills levels. The Matrix Creator is a Raspberry Pi add-on that provides multiple functionality and enables faster and more cost-effective development of IoT devices. Matrix Creator is ideally suited for the development of applications in automation control systems, particularly for home automation systems involving optical and sound elements as well as robotics, enterprise logistics, voice assistants, beamforming/DoA algorithms, retail intelligence. The microphone array, for example, allows a user to develop their own "do it yourself" Amazon Echo and Alexa based projects as well as voice recognition systems, with the eight microphones allowing devices to be activated from anywhere in a room. Similarly, the optical and physical sensors enable the development of facial recognition and motion detection devices for security applications. Matrix Creator is an ideal aid for teaching novices about hardware development and provides expert users with an extremely versatile piece of hardware to add to their suite of development tools. It accelerates and reduces the overall cost of the prototyping process for new products and devices, doing the up-front heavy lifting so developers don't have to. The development board, designed for Raspberry Pi, incorporates a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, an ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, a range of sensors for motion, temperature, humidity, light, ultraviolet and infrared, an 8-microphone array and a 35-LED array. The board, which can be programmed in 40 different languages, also incorporates integrated Z-Wave and zigbee communications plus connectivity via a wide range of analogue and digital input/output interfaces. It can also be used in stand-alone mode using its onboard processing capability.

Ralf Buehler, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Premier Farnell, said: "as the Development Distributor we work to source the latest innovative technology to help create opportunities for our existing and future builders, developers, makers and engineers. Products like MATRIX Creator provide huge flexibility to users - unlike existing add-ons which only provide individual elements of functionality, MATRIX Creator is a complete development eco-system that allows users to access a range of functionality to enhance any Raspberry Pi based project, speeding up the design process and helping to overcome the hurdles involved in the creation of innovative hardware projects."

Rodolfo Saccoman, CEO and Co-Founder of Matrix Labs, says: "Matrix Creator is a hugely exciting product, doing for the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, what smartphones did for the mobile revolution. MATRIX Creator has deep product functionality and we expect broad appeal - it's the perfect combination of an easy-to-use yet also sophisticated dev board, which appeals to the maker, the expert developer, and everyone in between. Matrix Creator allows developers of virtually any skill-level to create whatever exists in their mind's eye, shifting the product development paradigm from one that relies on a 3rd party to create for you, to one where you can create the custom app that meet your exact needs. It's putting power into the hands of the people and democratizing IoT app development."

Matrix Creator is available from Farnell element14 in Europe through its offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

VCC expands European distributor network with Farnell

VCC, a vendor of indication and specialty illumination solutions, has expanded its distribution network to better support European customers. The addition of Farnell element14 to the European distribution network increases VCC's sales and engineering support services. Farnell element14 supports VCC's complete product offering throughout Europe, including panel mount indicators, light pipes, LED displays, LEDs and accessories. The partnership with Farnell element14 will encourage and enhances demand creation in Europe, strengthening new business and growth opportunities.

"We are delighted to extend our already strong VCC franchise with Newark element 14 into Farnell element14 Europe. VCC's innovative range of products will be made available to Farnell element 14’s extensive design engineer customer base and further enhances our optoelectronics product portfolio", said Simon Meadmore, Global Head of Semiconductors at Premier Farnell.

From simple to more complex human machine interface systems, VCC excels at designing, testing and manufacturing custom light indication solutions, in less time. VCC's value-added services team can modify our standard illuminated components or design a fully custom solution in accordance with our customers' mechanical, electrical, and optical needs.

"Newark element14 (North America Division of Premier Farnell) has been a valued distribution partner of VCC for many years. With our focus on the European market, it is a natural progression to strengthen the partnership that was developed with Newark in North America and include Farnell in Europe. This agreement adds value for both organizations, and we look forward to supporting customers thru this comprehensive partnership", said Deb Gray, Global Distribution Sales Manager at VCC.

VCC products are available in Europe through Farnell element14 offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Farnell element14 introduces new test and measurement range from Rohde and Schwarz

Development specialist Farnell element14 has introduced a new range of value test and measurement products from Rohde and Schwarz. The products include a number from Hameg Instruments GmbH, which it recently integrated into its Test and Measurement Division and will be sold under the Rohde and Schwarz brand.

  • The R&S®RTB2000 Oscilloscope has a 25.4cm touchscreen display and the 10bit ADC gives the user the finest resolution in the market. The 10MSample Memory means it can be in-use 100 times longer than traditional oscilloscopes.
  • The R&S®FPC1000 Bench Spectrum Analyser, a new entry spectrum analyser is fully frequency upgradeable with uncompromised RF performance, 2.6 times more display resolution than other brands, high measurement resolution down to 1Hz bandwidth and ease of virtual control with the built-in wifi module (Android/IOS app).
  • The R&S®Spectrum Rider FPH is a versatile, user-friendly, light weight, hand held instrument available in a number of models with frequencies ranging from 5kHz - 4GHz. It features long battery life, capacitive touch screen and a keypad with backlight.
  • The R&S®FSC Spectrum Analyzer is a compact, cost-efficient solution that offers all the essential features of a professional spectrum analyzer with Rohde & Schwarz quality. It covers a wide range of applications from simple development tasks to production, or can be used for training RF professionals.
  • The R&S®SMC100A RF and Microwave Signal Generator is a flexible and versatile instrument with outstanding signal quality covering the frequency range from 9 kHz to 1.1 GHz or 3.2 GHz. Output power is > +17 dBm and all important functions (AM/FM/φM/pulse modulation) are already integrated in the instrument.

James McGregor, Global Head Test, Tools and Production Supplies at Premier Farnell, said: "We have built a strong relationship with Rohde and Schwarz and this new range of value instruments complements our existing test and measurement offering. As the Development Distributor, Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of test and measurement equipment and the introduction of this new value range is ideal for small start-ups, engineers for whom price is a factor and education organisations. To provide additional value to our customers we also offer calibration services to ensure the accuracy of your equipment. This covers pre-calibration of electronic, physical and dimensional test and measurement equipment and products."

In the EMEA region, the Rohde and Schwarz test and measurement range is available from Farnell element14 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Premier Farnell announce new global distribution agreement with ConductRF

Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, has unveiled a new global distribution agreement with EAM, a leading manufacturer of Precision RF & Microwave Interconnect Products. Under their ConductRF brand, the company offers innovative and reliable performance interconnect products operating from DC to 110GHz. ConductRF's products are recognized for their excellent performance and cost effectiveness by engineers and technicians in numerous demanding industries including Defense, Aerospace, Industrial, Medical Infrastructure, Instrumentation & Test, and Telecommunications. Their product expertise in interconnect technologies makes their solutions desirable around the globe. The agreement will provide an extensive range of ConductRF Solutions for RF & Microwave Test Applications from DC to 70GHz to Premier Farnell's customers. Among the ConductRF products, Premier Farnell will stock is the TESTeCON series of Lab Test Cables, including Low Loss TSA74 versions. VNA Test needs are well served by rugged VNA Series products to 40GHz and their Hi-Flex VNA series with solutions to 50GHz & 70GHz.

Dean Gammell, ConductRF, National Sales Manager said: "we couldn't be more excited to announce this new relationship. Premier Farnell is at the forefront of providing innovative products at a global level for a diverse and growing customer base. High-quality RF & Microwave Test & Measurement solutions are essential to many companies, and we firmly believe that Premier Farnell provides significant speed-to-market advantages as well as the highest levels of service and support for engineers and technicians worldwide."

James McGregor, Global Head Test, Tools and Production Supplies at Premier Farnell added: "Premier Farnell views the expansion of the wireless Industrial Internet as a major growth opportunity in 2017 and beyond. Conduct RF have a first class range of cables and test equipment cable assemblies that are of the highest quality and offer some great accessories to assist engineers working in the RF wireless internet field." In the EMEA region, ConductRF products are available through Premier Farnell offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Farnell element14 Ltd

Farnell element14 Ltd
Canal Road
LS12 2TU Leeds
United Kingdom
Phone : +44 (0)113 279 0101
Fax : +44 (0)113 263 3411
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CEO : Mr Graham McBeth (*** ****** ********)
General manager : Mr Phil Gee (*** ****** *****)
General manager : Mr Neil Moorby (*** ****** ********)
CFO : Mrs Rachael Nowell (*** ****** ********)
Sales manager : Mr Phil Gee (*** ****** *****)
Sales manager : Mrs Tracey Senior (*** ****** ********)
Purchase director or manager : Mr David Beck (*** ****** ******)


Creation year : 1939
Company registration number : 4276540
Annual turnover
2015 : 1 246,03 M€
2014 : 1 191,24 M€
2013 : 1 140,05 M€
2012 : 1 165,31 M€
2011 : 1 121,45 M€
Export : Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey
Specialist : Industrial computing, semiconductors and electronic components
Main brands : AMD, Broadcom (Avago), Intel, Raspberry Pi, Vishay
Clients : Associations, consultants, dealers, e-commerce, industrials, mail-order resellers, outlets, service providers, software developers, software editors, specialized resellers, systems integrators, traders, VAR
Employees : 4500 people