News-Spot | Business News | Nov 18, 2011

element14’s New Technology Portal Gives Design Engineers a One-Stop Location for Information on the Industry’s Newest Technologies

element14, a collaborative global electronics community from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has launched its New Technology portal, dedicated to showcasing the electronics industry’s latest new technologies and products. This new portal provides engineers and designers detailed information to help them with the challenge of familiarising themselves with new technology, that is less than 12 months old.

Currently on the portal, designers can access detailed information about latest products like the low cost, low power PIC32 MX1 from Microchip, Arduino and an exclusive feature-rich development platform based on Stellaris ARM® Cortex™-M3-based microcontrollers from Texas Instruments. Engineers can explore the miniaturisation trend in lighting solutions with the industry smallest LEDs, and get a sneak peak of emerging development tools such as the Linux based Beaglebone.

element14 members can register on the New Technology portal to request updates and collaborate in various product groups. Reviews are then posted with enriched product related data plus other content such as comparative blogs and videos. This provides designers with the resources necessary to implement the latest technology in their applications.  Designers can rest assured that they will have access to this information through element14’s award-winning social platform that was just ranked the most effective electronics industry brand online by Heardable, Inc.

"A recent study by Technology Forecaster Inc (TFI) showed that one of the key challenges engineers face, in the time starved development and design phase of a project, is accessing accurate and complete information to keep them up-to-date with evolving technology,” said David Shen, Group SVP and Global Head of Technical Marketing at Premier Farnell. “element14 already has a strong offering through The Knode, regular webinars, events, and other key enhancements such as the newly launched ‘The Drawer’, but the New Technology portal further helps designers access comparative information and understand emerging technologies across different regions.”

For more information on the New Technology Portal visit:

About element14:
element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Bringing together the latest products, services, and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, element14 is the trusted global source to find the answers and parts you need to keep your project on the fast track, right from the start.

About Premier Farnell:
Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 Community for design engineers – an industry first ( With sales last year of £990.8m and underlying profits of £93.3m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly. It trades locally as Farnell in Europe, Newark/element14 in North America and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.