Element14 runs inductive sensor design challenge with TI

element14 is inviting entries to a design competition called the Inductive Sensing Challenge.

All designe ntries must use the Texas Instruments LDC1000, inductance-to-digital converter.

Inductive sensing is a contactless, magnet-free sensing technology that can measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive target, as…

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Farnell targets production orders in strategy shift

Premier Farnell is going after small order production business as part of a major change to its distribution business, which is also seeing it become a design and manufacturing company.

The latest move, the planned acquisition of US-based design services company Avid Technologies for $13m continues a strategy which…

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Premier Farnell to buy US-based design services firm

Premier Farnell has agreed to acquire US-based design services company Avid Technologies for $13m.

Component distributors have for some time recognised the importance of providing design tools and engineering discussion groups to support the selling of components.

Premier Farnell has taken this a stage further and acquired a design…

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RS offers big volume 3D printers and scanners

RS Components has addded to the number of 3D printers it has available on its website.

In addition to the low-cost self-replicating Ormerod 3D printing kit, developed by RepRapPro, RS has available printers and scanners from supplier 3D Systems.

The Cube 3D printer is for printing small volume…

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Adlink buys German embedded PC firm Penta

Adlink Technology has announced the acquisition of Penta, a German manufacturer of medical embedded PC systems and monitors, for €5.4m.

“By leveraging Penta’s solid design methodology and manufacturing capabilities, Adlink’s medical product line can be effectively improved; this will also help to enable access to adjacent markets…

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Avnet Abacus takes Omron line after MSC deal

Avnet Abacus has signed a pan-European franchise deal with Omron Electronic Components.

The deal follows Avnet’s acquisition of German distributor MSC Group, which has had the Omron franchise in Europe for a number of years.  Avnet Abacus will sell Omron’s complete product range including relays, switches, connectors…

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Power firm targets growth in India

Vicor is expanding its business in the “crucial” Indian market. The power systems firm has appointed a new local distributor Excelpoint and also appointed an additional field applications engineer, based in Delhi.

Vicor’s existing sales channel in India includes Future Electronics and SM Creative, and last summer it signed…

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Aerospace supply chain has a change for the better

Dave Bull, director of TEC Concepts explains why the SC21 change programme can improve the competitiveness of the supply chain in the defence and aerospace industries.

Electronics companies are undertaking the implementation of SC21 (Supply Chains of the 21st Century). SC21 is a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness…

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