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Embedded World: an overview

Mouser and Renesas announced a global distribution partnership at Embedded World. Together, the companies will focus on the latest software, development kits and MCUs that comprise the Synergy Platform “We have planned to work closely with Renesas,” said Mark Burr-Lonnon, senior vice president, EMEA and Asia, at Mouser. “But we’ve decided to focus initially on helping to launch the Renesas Synergy Platform.”

European semiconductor distribution market picks up

The European semiconductor industry had a strong final quarter of 2016, according to the distribution association DMASS. According to the organisation, the quarter ended with €1.79billion in sales, 5.8% higher than in Q4 2015. The full year ended with sales of €7.4bn, which represents an increase of 3.8% over 2015.

EU consortium to assist photonics companies

The EPRISE project, ‘Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe’, brings together nine photonics innovation clusters and national photonics platforms from around Europe. The project aims to support companies who use photonics to enter four market sectors: medical technologies; pharmaceuticals; agriculture; and food.

Deal with SparkFun adds maker products to Mouser site

A global distribution agreement between Mouser and SparkFun Electronics brings access to 500 SparkFun products, including SparkFun’s Arduino Pro, RedBoard and LilyPad tools. The move, according to Mouser, will enable industrial and enterprise customers to use maker technology in their advanced projects.

Anglia adds Littelfuse portfolio to its line card

Circuit protection specialist Littelfuse has appointed Anglia as a distributor for the UK and Ireland. The announcement not only gives Anglia’s customers access to Littelfuse’s range of cartridge and surface-mount fuses, resettable fuses and fuse holders, but also to suppression products such as metal oxide varistors, gas discharge tubes and TVS diodes.

Distributors expect 2.5% growth, according to ecsn

Demand for electronic components in the UK and Ireland is likely to grow in the range 0.8% to 4.3% in 2017, achieving a mid-point of 2.5%, according to the manufacturers’ authorised distributor (afdec) group within the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn).

What of mid-tier suppliers and manufacturers?

This year, electronica was buzzing with the news that Avnet had decided to buy Premier Farnell. Many distributors were excited by the prospects of being able to better address the needs of the burgeoning Maker Movement and the way in which the IoT was changing the dynamics of the distribution market – currently worth in excess of $350billion.

Future announces expanded agreement with NXP

Future Electronics has announced an expanded worldwide distribution agreement with NXP Semiconductors. This agreement will enable Future Electronics to support the full portfolio as a result of NXP’s December 2015 merger with Freescale Semiconductor.

Specialist distributor Heilind launches into Europe

Heilind, a specialist global distributor of electronic components, has rebranded its German operation. The MPS Group, acquired in April 2015, will now operate under the Heilind banner as Heilind Electronics comprising of two divisions, Heilind Electronics and Heilind Electronics Mil/Aero.

EBV launches Product Innovations department

EBV Elektronik, part of the Avnet group company and a specialist in semiconductor distribution, has announced that it is combining its EBVchips and EBVsolutions brands into its new department Product Innovations.

Embedded FPGA technology to cut power in SoCs

Looking to address demand for lower cost devices which consume less power when used in data centre, software defined radio and wireless infrastructure applications, Achronix has announced Speedcore. The embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP, based on the same architecture deployed in its Speedster 22i FPGAs, can be integrated into a customer’s SoC.

RS Components supports education with range of industrial engineering solutions

RS Components (RS) has introduced its new education hub to support schools, colleges and universities to make informed choices about the most appropriate industrial electronics and other engineering equipment to fulfil their teaching and support requirements, as well as to encourage creativity, design and innovation through the early adoption of the latest technologies.

Qualcomm signs Arrow to distribute processors targeted at embedded apps

In a change of marketing tactics, Qualcomm is making the newly launched Snapdragon 600E and 410E processors available through distribution. Recognising the need for long term availability, Qualcomm says customers will be able to source the parts ‘for a minimum of 10 years’. Initially, they will be supplied through Arrow Electronics, although the company says a global network of distributors will be created.

Arrow and Novasom sign EMEA distribution agreement

Arrow Electronics has confirmed a new distribution agreement with Novasom Industries, a global engineering company that develops advanced technology solutions for products and processes in the fields of embedded electronics. The agreement will cover the entire EMEA region.

Semiconductor distribution market slows in second quarter

Growth rate for European semiconductor distribution slowed down through Spring quarter. According to Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS), sales in the second quarter grew by 2.15% to €1.86billion over the same quarter last year.

Smiths Connectors and TTI sign an agreement

Following a distribution agreement, TTI can now offer Smiths Connectors’ interconnection product range across Europe. The agreement builds on a partnership between Smiths Connectors and Mateleco, the French specialist connector distributor acquired by TTI, and completes the business relationship already existing with TTI in the US.

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