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Councils not on track for smart city delivery

New research, commissioned by street lighting experts Lucy Zodion and conducted by independent research agency, DJS Research, has highlighted the risk that many local governments are lacking the budget, leadership and capability to progress smart initiatives and connected technology in cities across the UK.

Avnet Memec and Silica unite

Following the announcement last year, Avnet Memec and Silica have officially formed one company, Avnet Silica. The newly combined business unit will be the European semiconductor specialist division for Avnet, supplying 15,000 customers.

TTI to offer Smiths high rel connectors across Europe

Following a distribution deal, TTI is now offering Smiths Connector’s high reliability connectors featuring Hypertac hyperboloid contact technology across Europe. The agreement is said to build on a successful partnership between Smiths Connectors and TTI France.

European Commission announces amendments to RoHS Directive

The European Commission has published an inception impact assessment signalling its intention to amend the scope of the directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. The changes have been made to tackle unintended consequences of the revision of RoHS, also known as RoHS2, published in 2011.

PTC integrates ThingWorx with leading public device clouds

PTC has extended its ThingWorx Internet of Things (IoT) open platform strategy. In addition to offering its own device cloud service, the ThingWorx platform now integrates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT, and will fully support Microsoft Azure IoT Hub in July. PTC is pursuing additional device cloud integrations for ThingWorx, which will allow customers to realise the collective range of services provided by these companies, including the availability of connected device data.

RS signs distribution deal with Intel

RS Components has signed a global agreement with Intel under which it will distribute its computing and embedded development products. Amongst the Intel or Intel based products available from RS are the Edison development platform and the Compute Stick, as well as various devices featuring Atom processor based single board computers and a range of solid state drives with capacities of up to 1.6Tbyte.

Analog Devices acquires SNAP Sensor, enhances IoT sensing portfolio

Analog Devices has acquired SNAP Sensor SA, a Swiss vision sensing company. Analog Devices says the acquisition will help it to build upon platform-level Internet of Things (IoT) solutions such as its Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLiP), a low-cost, low- power embedded computer vision platform targeting real-time sensing applications.

Accelerating the commercialisation of flexible OLED lighting

Europe’s technology leaders in the development of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for lighting and signage applications have formed a consortium, called ‘PI-SCALE’, that aims to create a Europe-wide pilot line to enable companies of all sizes to quickly and cost effectively test and scale up their flexible OLED lighting concepts and turn them into market ready products. The project is supported by the European Commission through the Photonics Public Private Partnership with a contribution of €14million.

Euro distributors enjoyed ‘healthy’ 2015, says DMASS

Components distribution in Europe enjoyed a rather healthy 2015, according to DMASS, the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists. Figures released by the organisation show sales of industrial semiconductors through distribution channels in Q4 2015 grew by 11.3% to €1.75billion, compared to Q4 2014, while sales in 2015 reached €7.3bn, 14.6% higher than in 2014.

e2v signs high reliability deal with Peregrine

High reliability semiconductor specialist e2v has signed a deal with Peregrine Semiconductor under which it will become the sole provider of the latter’s high reliability circuits to the space market. The deal, says e2v, will allow it to offer products that span the signal chain from RF to back end, including data converters, memory and high performance data processing.

Cultural transformation

Lindsley Ruth, appointed chief executive of Electrocomponents in April 2015, says he is in the early stages of a ‘cultural transformation’ at RS Components.

Partnership to commercialise sodium-ion technology

Faradion is collaborating with AGM Batteries to utilise AGM’s experience in commercialising lithium-ion cells through to volume manufacturing. AGM will develop Faradion’s sodium-ion technology, at its 4000m2 production facility in Scotland, to a standard where it could service markets such as Automotive, Oil and Gas, Grid Storage and Defence.

RS puts the spotlight on its private label products

Distribution specialist RS Components is looking to enhance the range of choice available to its customers with a new focus on its private label product range. Previously marketed under three brands – RS Pro, Essential and Isotech – the 40,000 products in the portfolio will now be available under the RS Pro banner.

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