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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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Distributors get touchy-feely about communities

Increasingly design is being done in “communities” not “markets”.

The vast majority of engineers buy the components they need from distributors, no longer the manufacturers.

Distributors have become very adept at marketing products to “communities”.

Premier Farnell was the first to recognise this a decade ago when it created its…

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Chip market sees benefit of a weak euro

Europe’s semiconductor sales through the distribution channel has seen a strong start to the year.

According to DMASS, the Germany-based  distributor and manufacturer representative body, semiconductor distribution sales in the first quarter of the year grew by 13.3% to €1.82bn.

This is the highest recorded quarterly…

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Connected vehicle research under the microscope at Mira

Connected vehicle research under the microscope at Mira

The prospect of connecting cars to the internet via wireless links has raised concerns about safety and security of the vehicle should the system be hacked.

Mira, the automotive engineering organisation, has taken on secondment Dr Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, a specialist in cybersecurity from Coventry University.

Dr Shaikh will work…

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IoT: Security time bomb is ticking

There could be a security time bomb ticking under the internet of things (IoT).

The more successful companies are at convincing markets to adopt the internet-connected devices which make up the IoT, the bigger the threat of security breaches as more data is carried around more and more disparate…

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Big change in EU radio directives coming

Big change in EU radio directives coming

Good news from Bad Birnbach, the new EU radio equipment directive 2014/53/EU which came into force on 11th June 2014 will have to be implemented by Member States by 13th June 2016.

The old 1995/5/EC will cease to be valid on that day, so wireless terminal…

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Why don't more manufacturers visit schools

Why don't more manufacturers visit schools

John Radford, managing director of Balluff UK, the sensor manufacturer based in Northwich,  took time out recently to present the importance of manufacturing to local schoolchildren.

Pupils from Sandbach High School listened as Radford explained the importance of studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and their importance to…

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Drones are coming, invest in parachutes

Drones are coming. From surveillance to parcel delivery it seems that nothing will stop small robots flying into our lives.

Everyone seems to be getting interested in drones for localised communications, surveillance and even parcel delivery. Indeed a drone-based parcel delivery will be trialled in Switzerland this summer by…

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Future sells Ambiq's sub-threshold IoT devices

Ambiq Micro, the US developer of very low power ARM Cortex MCUs has signed a distribution agreement with Future Electronics.

It will sell real-time clocks and the Apollo family of ARM Cortex microcontrollers, which use Ambiq’s patented sub-threshold power optimised technology (SPOT).

By operating transistors at voltage…

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