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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.

New products at element14

Development specialist element14 has launched tinyTILE (an Intel Curie module based board specifically designed for use in wearable and IoT designs for consumer and industrial edge products) and BeagleBone Blue (the latest offering based on the popular opensource BeagleBone from the Foundation, built specifically for use in the development of robotics and autonomous vehicles). Both products are available through element14 offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Avnet and IBM advance IoT solutions with joint development lab

Multispecialist Avnet has unveiled a collaboration with IBM to accelerate the time to market for IoT solutions. Led by its Technology Solutions team, Avnet will team with IBM to establish a Watson Internet-of-Things (IoT) Joint Lab within IBM's newly opened global Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany. Avnet will use this unique environment to showcase, demonstrate, develop and sell innovative IoT solutions. "There is no limit to how IoT can be used to improve the world. We're already seeing tremendous potential in new IoT applications that we're developing with our customers, which range from protecting our children to preventing Legionnaires' disease", said Patrick Zammit, global president of Avnet Technology Solutions. "Avnet's latest collaboration with IBM will accelerate our ability to provide customers with the foundation they need to rapidly develop marketable IoT solutions."

At the lab, clients from around the world will be able to engage with Avnet and IBM IoT experts to create working prototypes and solutions that draw on the business benefits of Watson IoT and the power of cognitive computing. They can also enhance their IoT technical expertise through hands-on, on-the-job learning in the lab. Additionally, Avnet and IBM will engage with clients on joint business opportunities. "With almost 20 billion connected devices in the world today, the Internet of Things is rapidly becoming the biggest source of data on the planet", said Harriet Green, global head of Watson IoT. "With Watson cognitive computing, we have the opportunity to convert that data into meaningful insight to transform companies, industries and society. We are proud to partner with Avnet at our new Watson IoT HQ in Munich in a new joint lab where our best minds can work together side by side. With this agreement, we are pooling our shared deep history and expertise to deliver on the potential of the Internet of Things."

The joint lab will help enable and inspire clients to imagine the "art of the possible" with IoT – creating new business models and exploring innovative approaches to industry challenges. One way Avnet will achieve this is through its newly acquired Premier Farnell business, which will use the lab to develop proof-of-concept electronic boards embedded with IBM’s Watson IoT and Bluemix services at the device level. The aim is to create a seamless experience for customers, allowing them to rapidly exploit new use cases for customers. "Our focus is on helping businesses to bring their ideas to market – proof-of-concepts are a critical aspect of that", said Richard Curtin, senior director of strategic alliances for Premier Farnell. "In the lab, we will develop new electronic boards with enhanced cloud and software capabilities, giving our customers a huge boost in building smarter IoT solutions that can positively impact our world."

In addition to the lab, Avnet and IBM are actively collaborating to build IoT offerings to accelerate solution development with the IBM Watson IoT and IBM Bluemix platforms. This includes IoT starter kits from Avnet's Electronics Marketing and Premier Farnell businesses. Clients will gain access to an extensive catalog of over 150 IBM Bluemix cloud services, including the IBM Watson IoT platform, DevOps, mobile and analytics services through the Avnet Cloud Marketplace. Additionally, clients will have access to in-depth technical training on the IBM Bluemix and IBM Watson IoT Platform through Avnet's training and education services. "It often takes 10 or more partners to create a single IoT solution, and it can be a challenging and time-consuming task to find the right partners" said Mark Martin, Avnet's vice president, IBM global supplier executive. "We're taking the guesswork out of this for our partners by continually building a solid ecosystem of known companies they can work with to develop their IoT solutions. The new joint lab will be a key place for customers and partners to come together to collaborate with experts to quickly advance their solution design, and it is a vital resource that will be a key asset of the Technology Solutions portfolio over the long term.".

Farnell element14 announces global franchise agreement with Richtek

Development specialist Farnell element14 has enhanced its power management IC and evaluation board offering with a global franchise agreement with Richtek. Targeting the industrial and telecommunications markets, Richtek provides affordable power management solutions to the major power management suppliers. Ricktek's power management solutions improve the performance of consumer electronics, computers, communications equipment, industrial and automotive applications.

Simon Meadmore, Global Head of Semiconductor at Premier Farnell, said: "we are delighted to be announcing this global franchise agreement with Richtek which adds significant strength to our power management line card for customers across the Globe. Richtek's technological innovation, uncompromised quality and devotion to customer service supports our proposition to offer an entire solution from concept, through design to manufacturing, helping our customers get their products to market faster."

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

Farnell element14 launches Autodesk franchise to distribute leading MCAD software solutions

Development distributor Farnell element14 has announced a new franchise with mechanical design editor Autodesk, to distribute its products in Europe, including two new products from Autodesk, AutoCAD LT (2D drawing and prototyping) and AutoDesk Fusion 360 (mechanical design, 3D modelling, rapid prototyping and 3D prototyping/printing). Peter Wenzel, Global Software Product Line Manager for element14, speaking of the new franchise agreement said: "the new Autodesk franchise strengthens Farnell element14's portfolio of professional engineering software and solidifies our position as the destination for engineering software for electronics and industrial engineers alike. As one of the most trusted CAD tool providers in the world for all engineering disciplines, Autodesk's products complement Farnell element14's existing capabilities and offerings and will also present new mechanical design opportunities for members of our element14 Community."

Autodesk products are one of many in Farnell element14's portfolio of embedded, PCB, and mechanical software available on the element14 Design Center. All of the main categories of design software are available: integrated development environments & compilers, operating systems and middleware, EDA software, mechanical design software and test & simulation software. Additionally, the Design Center provides customers with a streamlined software selection and purchasing experience with free software trials and multiple delivery options, including instantaneous eDelivery. They are available through Farnell element14 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