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Analysis and comment on all matters pertaining to the supply chain and distribution of electronics components from Richard Wilson, editor of Electronics Weekly.

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Do Cameron and Miliband know about Industry 4.0?

As the General Election date approaches we look forward with that usual mix of hope and trepidation about whether the new government, of whichever political leaning or indeed combination, will have a more expansive plan for the UK’s manufacturing and engineering communities.

Representatives of the electronics sector have written…

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Silica and Avnet Memec become one

Avnet is combining its Silica and Avnet Memec sales forces into one semiconductor distribution company.

In the UK it will become part of the existing Silica/Abacus business and will trade under the Avnet name.

But the Memec name will continue with a separate linecard and technical support for demand…

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Is ARM's free-OS a game-changer?

ARM will soon be rolling out its free operating system as part of its mbed development platform, a move with could see the processor firm competing with one-time software partners.

ARM has even teamed up with IBM to offer cloud-based design resources for its first development kits.

Little…

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Raspberry Pi teams with Google to train teachers

Raspberry Pi teams with Google to train teachers

Dubbed the Picademy@Google programme, the first will be the Google Digital Garage situated at Leeds Docks and others are planned.

The training courses will be a mix of hands-on and project-based learning and will be free to attend for teachers.

The Raspberry Pi foundation said it has…

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UK exports a little skills inspiration to Russia

UK exports a little skills inspiration to Russia

The UK must be doing something right about addressing the engineering skills shortage if a Russia wants to draw on our expertise in inspiring future engineers.

When a major conference for technologists and engineers in Moscow wanted to discuss the educating a new generation of engineers it approached Linda Fuller…

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Anglia signs fast memory line

Anglia Components is now selling fast non-volatile memory devices from Everspin Technologies.

Everspin Technologies’ magnetic RAM (MRAM) technology combines the read/write speed of SRAM and the non-volatility of flash with 10-year-plus data retention. It stores data using magnetic polarization rather than electric charge.

According to…

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Harwin product launches connect for Mouser

Harwin product launches connect for Mouser

Harwin has named Mouser Electronics as its European distributor of the year  for 2014/2015.

As well as increasing sales and the number of customers for Harwin’s products, Mouser supported the launches of the manufacturer’s new range of M300 power connectors and the expansion of the EZ-BoardWare…

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If only things could be 3D printed from bio-degradable corn starch

I see that a group of enterprising Italians have 3D printed a car, containing just 49 components, from carbon fibre and thermoplastics.

Very clever, I thought and then a colleague asked: “Why isn’t it recyclable?”

My colleague informed me that five years ago she was given a pen made…

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