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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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Future looks bright, engineers are in demand

I read that Formula One team McLaren is to become a technology company addressing industries outside of grand prix racing.

McLaren has spent millions developing mechanical, materials and electronics technologies for its racing cars.

This as an important R&D and engineering resource which can be applied to other…

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Decision time for Raspberry Pi inventor, Eben Upton

Decision time for Raspberry Pi inventor, Eben Upton

Can it really be three years since Raspberry Pi was first launched in Cambridge?

Today the little embedded computing board is no bigger in size, but far more powerful than it was when launched as an educational teaching aid on Leap Day in 2012.

And Raspberry Pi has done something…

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Automotive dream is reality for suppliers

For years the potential to add electronics to cars was obvious, but for suppliers seemed to be one of those markets which are greater in the anticipation than in the realisation.

Not anymore, the automotive market has finally realised its potential and now can be said to be one of…

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Raspberry Pi is bigger than Sinclair Spectrum

Raspberry Pi is bigger than Sinclair Spectrum

At last the UK has a computer which is grabbing the attention of a global audience.

Not since the 1980s and the days of the ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro or Acorn Computer has this happened.

But this is what the Raspberry Pi Foundation has achieved with the launch of the…

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Arrow and Cypress launch IoT design challenge for makers

Arrow and Cypress launch IoT design challenge for makers

Cypress Semiconductor and Arrow Electronics are running a IoT design competition for hobbyist designers.

Entrants are invited to submit designs based on the PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit, which is a Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled development board from Cypress.

The winner will be awarded a $2,500 prize to cover…

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Avnet Abacus impresses in first year for Omron

Avnet Abacus has had a successful first 12 months carrying the Omron line of sensors and electomechanical products.

Omron said it had recorded “the fastest growth rate ever on the portfolio by a newly appointed distributor”.

Alan Jermyn, vice-president marketing, Avnet Abacus said: “We have developed a true spirit…

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Conrad selling MikroElektronika's click boards

Conrad selling MikroElektronika's click boards

Conrad Business Supplies has added to its embedded hardware and software offering by carrying the MikroElektronika line.

MikroElektronika compilers Conrad will be selling include the mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal for ARM version 4.5.0, offering support for 151 new STM32 MCUs, including ARM Cortex-M0, M0+, M3 and M4…

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Keysight recognises RS capabilities in test

Keysight recognises RS capabilities in test

RS Components has received the Keysight Technologies partner award for strong performance in customer loyalty and engagement as a distributor in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Keysight sells test products through RS across the EMEA region. The channel partnership also extends across the globe through RS in Australia, China…

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