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More products, better web offering, better service on Digi-Key president’s ‘to do’ list

When you're president of a leading electronic components distributor that seems to be sweeping all before it, what's on your 'to do' list? Mark Larson, president of Digi-Key, has a number of things that are holding his attention. Despite having one of broadest ranges of all distributors, Larson is looking to get more products on the shelf. "Expanding the product line is important," he said. "We are recognised as having the broadest range of products and it's important that we maintain this. More products on the shelf means we can deal in niche markets that even our largest competitors can't justify because they don't have the customer base."

New IoT networking protocol established

Seven companies – Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale, Big Ass Fans and ARM – have formed the Thread Group, aiming to support a new IP based wireless networking protocol that allows more rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

ARM sees its Q2 revenue rise by 17%

Investors on the London Stock Exchange have reacted positively to ARM's Q2 2014 results, in which the company saw revenues rise by 17% on a dollar basis over the same period in 2013.

Process changes point to cheaper, better finFETs

A start up has found a way to use traditional semiconductor processing techniques to make finFETs that it claims will perform better than those currently produced at Intel and TSMC. The devices can also be deployed on existing 28nm processes to improve speed and decrease leakage.

XMOS raises $26m from three industry investors

Bristol based fabless semiconductor company XMOS has completed a further round of funding, in which it has raised $26.2million from Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Huawei Technologies and Xilinx. The company says it will use the money to accelerate new product development.

‘Intelligent’ car seats alert sleepy drivers

Driver fatigue is estimated to be responsible for more than 500 road deaths each year. While most of us know when it's time to pull over and grab a coffee, others are so eager to get to their destination that they end up putting themselves, and others, in danger.

Module set to speed development of ‘complex embedded systems’

National Instruments has launched a module which it says will help design teams to speed the development of complex embedded systems. Called the sbRIO-9651, or SOM, the module combines Xilinx' Zynq 7020 SoC and supporting components, a complete middleware solution, a validated board support package and a Linux based RTOS.

Anglia Live website upgraded with 2500 enhancements

The Anglia Live website has been upgraded with more than 2500 enhancements. According to the company, the most significant is a fast search feature which halves the search time. Also included are forward and back ordering facilities, volume contract pricing and the facility to search suppliers' full database of parts, including parts not currently stocked by Anglia.

TTI wins distributor of the year award

TTI has won FCI's European Distributor of the Year award for 2013, measured on the basis of POS growth, the number and value of new designs, the growth of number of customers and stock levels of new products.

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