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Mouser to ship Panasonic’s latest ReRAM-based MCUs Mouser Electronics is now shipping the MN101L 8-bit Microcontrollers from Panasonic, the first microcontrollers with internal Resistive RAM (ReRAM). Resistive RAM is a new non-volatile embedded memory that offers five times the write performance of Flash or EEPROM memory without the need for an erase cycle. This has the benefit of offering high-speed non‑volatile writing and longer operational times in battery powered devices. The Panasonic MN101L 8-bit MCUs have a total of 64 KBytes of ReRAM. 62 KBytes is used in the program memory area and is used similar to conventional Flash memory. Re- RAM requires a write voltage of only 1.8V. Mouser Electronics www.mouser.com Cloud links desktop design to distributor database Mentor Graphics has developed a cloud transformation engine that converts component information from a distributor’s database directly into a design in its PADS PCB schematic tool. The technology is being used for its collaboration with Digi-Key on the Designer Schematic tool where it has rejected the open source/free to use model for EDA tools that has been pushed by companies such as RS Components with its DesignSpark tool. “We are happy to be providing one of the most cost effective professional tools on the market. The Designer Schematic tool is scheduled to launch early this summer, at an unprecedented sub-$300 price point, pulling in data automatically to avoid data entry errors as well as easy, error-free access to Design Service Providers and PCB Fabrication and Manufacturing Services. Digi-Key www.digikey.com RS Components and Allied Electronics ready to ship Red Pitaya RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of electronics distributor Electrocomponents plc, are now ready to take general orders for Red Pitaya, a singleboard, open instrumentation and control platform that replaces many expensive laboratory and field instruments at a fraction of the price. Customers across the globe who previously registered their interest on the Red Pitaya website, and who have been eagerly awaiting availability of the product, were given the opportunity to place a priority order with RS and Allied, which guarantees them delivery of a Red Pitaya board from the first limited production run in May 2014. RS Components www.rs-online.com X-REL Semiconductor signs for UK and Russian distribution A manufacturer of high-reliability / high-temperature integrated circuits operating from -60°C to +230°C, X-REL Semiconductor has signed a distribution agreement with UK-based Charcroft Electronics. A manufacturer of high-reliability / high-temperature integrated circuits operating from -60°C to +230°C, X-REL Semiconductor has signed a distribution agreement with UK-based Charcroft Electronics. X-REL Semiconductor also announces the signing of a distribution agreement with IC Quest, a high-reliability electronic components supplier, located in Vyborg Russia, and dedicated to military, aerospace, and high-temperature industrial applications. Charcroft and IC Quest already have in-depth knowledge of the special customer environments and requirements for applications which are subject to high-temperature, vibration and shock and this fits perfectly with X-REL customers. X-REL Semiconductor www.x-relsemi.com VIS Systems to distribute Perpetuum in Poland Perpetuum has signed an exclusive agreement with VIS Systems for the distribution of its remote condition monitoring services and systems within Poland. “We have been looking for the right partners which can broaden Perpetuum’s presence in key European markets,” shared Steve Turley, CEO of Perpetuum. “VIS Systems meets this with their maintenance expertise and local Polish footprint.” VIS Systems is an expert in Poland in design and engineering, asset management and maintenance optimisation in the railway market, and the addition of Perpetuum’s services and products will ensure that it remains a progressive force in the development of the massive potential in Poland. VIS Systems will manage the needs of local Polish clients with the support of Perpetuum for technical services and products. Perpetuum www.perpetuum.com Plessey sign up Alcom for Benelux distribution deal Plessey Semiconductors has entered into a distribution agreement with Alcom Electronics B.V, an electronics distributor headquartered in the Netherlands, to expand the European network with coverage in the Benelux market for its GaN-on-Si LED products. Marcel den Bak, Managing Director of Alcom, said: “The innovative Plessey LED solution fits very well within Alcom’s market approach. We are offering the newest technology in the respective markets we are active in, making sure that our customers can be more competitive in their end applications. Plessey, being an early adaptor of GaNon Si LED technology, will bring Alcom and its customers an extremely competitive, high quality light source. Plessey Semiconductors www.plesseysemiconductors.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe June 2014 61


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