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RS Components connects mobile resistive touchscreens to Raspberry Pi RS Components has added two touchscreen display starter kits for the Raspberry Pi, providing a quick and easy wiring interface and suitable to create portable and low power Raspberry Pi projects and applications. The starter kits for the 2.8- inch uLCD-28PTU-PI and 4.3-inch uLCD-43PTU-PI modules have been developed by 4D Systems and provide all the components needed for users to connect their Raspberry Pi to these newly available touchscreen displays and get their project up and running and ready for programming within a few minutes. A unique aspect of the kits is the 4D Pi Adapter Shield, which connects to the serial GPIO port on the Raspberry Pi and to the touchscreen display module via a 5-way cable. RS Component www.rs-components.com Altium partners with Octopart for supply chain information PCB EDA vendor Altium struke a partnership with Octopart, a provider of an electronic parts search engine that allows engineers to find and compare parts across different manufacturers and distributors. Octopart aggregates and normalizes component data from a growing number of sources providing a complete and easy-to-use component search for designers covering component search, selection and supply chain needs. As a first result of the joint activities with Octopart, every Altium Designer user on a current license will get access to a brand new Altium Designer extension, providing immediate and superfast access to electronic components from 200+ distributors. Octopart http://octopart.com ARM Cortex A9 MCU development board runs on Linux Silica has launched a new ArchiTech development board that offers a low cost streamlined platform for Linux based designs. The ArchiTech Hachiko board is supplied with a Linux kernel optimised for the Renesas RZ/A1H MCU, to work with a small memory footprint together with a BSP (Board Support Package) for the on-board peripherals, minimizing development time. The Linux distribution with Hachiko is Yocto compatible, enabling customers to create custom Linux based systems quickly whilst avoiding the complexity of standard MPU boards. Silica www.silica.com Plessey expands GaN-on-Si LED distribution network into Iberia Plessey Semiconductors has entered into a distribution agreement with Matrix Electrónica S.L. for the Iberian market for Plessey’s GaN on Si LED products. Matrix, which is headquartered in Madrid with offices across Spain, Portugal and Chile, is an electronicsdistributor and provider of complete advanced electronic solutions. Matrix Plessey’s Gallium Nitride on Silicon LEDs are produced using standard silicon-based semiconductor manufacturing processes in contrast with existing LEDs which use expensive sapphire and other exotic materials. Plessey’s ambition is to drive global uptake of its patented MAGIC (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) technology as a costeffective alternative to existing SSL LED technologies. Jose María Vilallonga Presas, President and CEO of Matrix, said: “I am confident that the combination of Plessey’s innovative products and our extensive knowledge of the market will be very successful.” Matrix Electrónica www.plessey.com Rapid Electronics markets UDO board Designed as a single board embedded PC with around four times the processing power of the Raspberry Pi, the UDOO features a quad core ARM i.MX6 Freescale CPU processor which runs at 1GHz and packs 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The UDOO also has the added benefit of full compatibility with Arduino hardware and software. The board can run both Linux and Android. Changing the operating system is as easy as replacing the micro SD card and rebooting the device. Starting life on the Kickstarter crowdsourcing website, the UDOO received enough pledges to fund the project twenty times over. The goals of the project were to develop a product for the growing applications market with powerful tools including Processing, OpenCV, PureData and OpenFramework. Rapid Electronics www.rapidonline.com Digi-Key adds XP Power product line Distributor Digi-Key now has a global distribution agreement with XP Power. XP Power’s stated aim is a constant refreshing of its product line so that customers can source the newest, most cost-efficient products on the market. “As engineers look to increase the flexibility of their designs to minimize space and maximize efficiency, having access to the newest technologies is a logical need,” said Tom Busher, Vice President, Global Interconnect, Passive, and Electromechanical Product at Digi-Key. In addition to maintaining the newest technology in their product offering, XP Power also provides significant expertise with assuring that their power solutions meet applicable technical and legislative requirements, specifically in the Industrial, Technology, and Healthcare sectors. Digi-Key www.digikey.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe April 2014 49


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