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DISTRIBUTION CORNER IoT reference design promises end-to-end security Avnet Silica has launched a complete security reference design to accompany its flexible, multi-faceted Visible Things development platform. Inherent to IoT is the transfer of data over numerous different networks (WLAN, WAN, IP core, the cloud, etc.), each with their own distinctive protocol stacks and security mechanisms. Generally IoT-enabled devices (sensors, robots, etc.) need to connect to industrial networks using low power wireless connectivity technologies (like Bluetooth, 802.11, Z-Wave, etc.). It is, however, likely to be another 5 to 6 years before these will have IP capabilities. Standard transport layer security (TLS), which relies on IP, therefore cannot be applied. Thanks to its partnership with embedded software specialist Ubiquios, plus related firmware support from Trusted Objects, Avnet Silica is ensuring that non-IP network vulnerability is fully addressed. A streamlined microcontroller stack has been developed through this cooperation, which forms the basis of the new IoT security reference design. The reference design is X509 certificate compliant, though it respects the power and data limitations of Bluetooth 4.1 and other non-IP wireless protocols. Avnet Silica www.avnet-silica.com Farnell to distribute Autodesk’s tools across Europe Farnell element14 has announced struck a new franchise with mechanical design software provider Autodesk to sell its products in Europe, including two new products from Autodesk, the Auto- CAD LT and the AutoDesk Fusion 360. Aimed at mechanical design engineers, AutoCAD LT delivers smarter tools to bring precision to 2-D drawings with applications in rendering 2-D drawings and prototyping. AutoCAD LT is based on AutoCAD technology, a design platform trusted by millions of professionals for more than 30 years. Auto LT now offers features such as line fading and smoother curves for a more stunning visual experience; smart dimensioning, which automatically creates appropriate, context-based measurements; and the ability to produce smaller, smarter, and more searchable PDFs and even attach PDFs to drawings. AutoDesk Fusion 360 enables mechanical design, 3D modelling, rapid prototyping, and 3D prototyping (3D printing). It is claimed to be the world’s first cloud-enabled 3D design software and is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It brings together CAD, CAM, and CAE, connecting the entire product development process in a single cloud-based tool. Farnell element14 www.element14.com IBM brings Watson IoT platform and cloud services to Indiegogo/Arrow partnership IBM announced a partnership with Indiegogo and Arrow Electronics to help bring new IoT ideas to life, bundling its Watson IoT platform and cloud services together with ideation to production services from Arrow Electronics and Indiegogo. Now, qualified Indiegogo entrepreneurs will have nocharge access to IBM Watson IoT Platform via Bluemix for an unlimited amount of time, giving them access to more than 160 industry-leading cloud services to incorporate ready-to-use capabilities, such as artificial intelligence, Blockchain, advanced data analytics and cyber security into their latest IoT inventions. In addition, qualified startups will have access to IBM’s global network of technical and industry expertise, education, mentoring and enterprise customers and business partners, all of which can help to bring new and innovative IoT products to market quickly. “We’re very excited to be partnering with Arrow and IBM to help entrepreneurs bring their wildest IoT dreams to life,” said David Mandelbrot, CEO of Indiegogo. “We know that fundraising is only one piece of the entrepreneurial puzzle, and by working together with IBM and Arrow we’ll be able to continue making it easier for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas all the way from concept to market.” In addition to IBM’s benefits, Arrow provides qualified Indiegogo campaigns with up to $500,000 in benefits, such as component parts, online product design and prototyping tools, together with numerous other services. Arrow Electronics www.arrow.com Anglia launches new connector selection guide New board to board, wire to board, USB and RJ connectors with built in magnetics are just a few of the 700 new Taicom connector products added by Anglia, in a substantial expansion of its offering from this competitive, high quality manufacturer. In addition to featuring the full portfolio on Anglia Live, the distributor is publishing a new 136-page connector selection guide giving details of both new and established parts. The Taicom connector selection guide features several new ranges of connector products, many of these are direct alternatives to popular industry standard connectors. Also new are RJ45 connectors with integrated magnetics, for Ethernet and WAN applications. Included in the new connector guide are the Taicom Studiomate range of audio connectors which encompass DIN, phono, XLR and video connectors as well as a variety of jacks and sockets for audio and video applications. In addition, the Taicom M-Pro range of Faston tabs and crimp terminals are also featured. A copy of the new Taicom connector selection guide can be requested via the Anglia Live website, visit Anglia www.anglia-live.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe March 2017 49


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