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New head of Digi-Key talks to Electronics Weekly


Dave Doherty, the new president and chief operating officer of online distributor Digi-Key talks to Electronics Weekly about how the internet is changing the way engineers source components and the hype around IoT. Q: What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the electronics distribution sector? Dave Doherty : Adapting to the reality of a global economy.  This is ...

Mouser ships Intel Compute Stick


Mouser is shipping the Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu Linux which enables any screen with an HDMI interface to become a fully functional personal computer. The stick has pre-installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OS. It has a 64-bit 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-Core processor with 2 MB cache, integrated Intel HD graphics, and multi-channel digital audio. It plugs into any display ...

Gold medal-winner David Stone to speak at ECSN dinner


Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) which represents the UK component supply chain will hold its industry dinner on 8th October in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Brighton. In keeping with recent ECSN dinners, there will be an open discussion session with national and international industry executives. The after-dinner keynote presentation this year will be delivered by David Stone MBE, the gold medal-winning ...

Mouser signs Adafruit


Mouser has signed a global distribution agreement with Adafruit, the supplier of DIY electronics, kits, and open-source hardware that turn everyday objects into high-tech prototypes suitable for education and advanced production concepts. Mouser says it will offer same-day shipping on the Adafruit product line, including the Flora and Gemma wearable electronic platforms. These small but powerful boards incorporate programming based ...

RS adds paid-for upgrades to free 3D mechanical design

RS Components has added to the capabilities of its free 3D mechanical design tool with two paid-for modules. RS said that the base-level DesignSpark Mechanical software which was developed with 3D modelling software firm SpaceClaim, will remain free to users with continued support, new versions and updates into the foreseeable future. The first premium module called DesignSpark Mechanical Exchange adds ...

Digi-Key has a change at the top


Digi-Key has announced that its long-time president and chief operating officer, Mark Larson, will hand over operational control of the online distributor to Dave Doherty at the end of the month. Larson, who joined the US-based company in 1976, will join Digi-Key founder Ron Stordahl in a board-level advisory role as vice chairman. In 2014, Larson  was awarded the Elektra European ...

Fanless PC has AMD quad-core processor


TinyGreenPC has introduced a smaller version of its fanless PC, which now has an AMD Quad Core processor. Incorporating the quad-core AMD A4 Micro-6700T, the TinyGreenPC fitlet features up to 8Gbyte of memory, Radeon R3 graphics, up to 6Gbyte of solid state STA storage and up to 4Gbit Ethernet LAN ports. The central feature of fitlet is its FACET interface ...

Mouser adds to open source board sales channel


Mouser Electronics has added to its open source hardware offering. The distributor’s Open Source Hardware Technology website now has an updated product selector  which allows users to select a board  from 30 different parameters including processor type and speed, memory and expansion capabilities, wireless and wired networking, user interface options, video connectivity. Online materials includes user guides, PCB files, schematics, ...

Digi-Key boosts TechZones

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Digi-Key has improved its online TechZones, as part of a website update. The TechZones are designed to give design engineers an at-a-glance aggregate view of new products, technical resources and application-specific content.

Distribution sales up, but dark clouds ahead

Component sales in the UK  through distribution seem to be on the rise, but Europe slowdown still threatens . According to latest data from the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN),  show that billings among its distributor members increased by 10% in March compared to the previous month and by 2% when compared to the same month 2014. According to ECSN ...