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  • image of Lynn Torrel at PBJ OWIB event
    April 10, 2019

    The Phoenix Business Journal recently honored 25 outstanding women in business, and among them was Lynn Torrel, President of Avnet United and Velocity. A sold out ballroom of some 500 attendees – including two tables sponsored by Avnet – came out last week in full force to support the honorees.

  • image of Bitcoin, SQRL quote, Avnet logo
    April 2, 2019

    Squirrels Research Labs (SQRL) is among the very first of Avnet’s customers to take advantage of our new partnership with BitPay to accept cryptocurrency payments. SQRL focuses on research projects designed to bring about the next generation of cryptocurrency mining hardware, and as such is deeply invested and active in cryptocurrency.

    “Our clientele operate in the crypto space, so we’re often paid in cryptocurrencies,” says David Stanfill, CEO of SQRL. “The ability to conduct our transaction

  • image of William (Bill) Amelio
    March 15, 2019

    Today S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Avnet’s CEO William (Bill) Amelio to its Board, effective immediately. 

    "Bill is exceptionally qualified and has a proven record as a successful business leader serving global technology markets," said Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman, Jr., Chairman of S&P Global. "He brings the right balance of skill and experience to effectively promote, support and oversee the implementation of S&P Global's long-term

  • image of Avnet employees IWD2019
    March 8, 2019

    "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." –Gloria Steinem

  • image of Carla Howard Avnet
    March 8, 2019

    Inspired by a salient question posed by Heather Murphy in The New York Times, Avnet’s director of business transformation, Carla Howard, recently gave a TEDx Talk on the subject of leadership. In seven and a half minutes, she poignantly distilled a decades-long career in business into the answer to a crucial question: how do we encourage and inspire our girls to believe in themselves strongly enough to see themselves as capable of leadership, and to aspire toward it? 

  • January 23, 2019

    For the last three years, Avnet has partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to encourage students to flex their entrepreneurial muscles by tackling today’s most challenging problems to create tomorrow’s most innovative technology.

    This year’s competition is as fierce as ever, with “incredible innovation, imagination and sophistication seen from these young entrepreneurs,” according to Avnet Vice President of Corporate Affairs Melissa Gray.

  • January 10, 2019

    Imagine having truly flexible cellular connectivity, with the ability to move from one carrier to another with ease—and with the same circuit card? This is the freedom that embedded universal integrated circuit cards (eUICCs) offer.

    While this is a game changer even on a one-off basis, eUICCs can mean the difference between profitability and proof of concept purgatory for IoT deployments that include hundreds or thousands of connected objects.

  • September 27, 2018

    It feels like donning a hydration pack and four smart watches on your wrists and ankles. Then, the music starts, and all down your body vibrations start to pick up the bass. Then the hi-hat. Then the melodies and more. You can’t help but move to the beat—even if you’ve never been able to hear music. It’s pulsing against your skin.

  • image of element14 Presents YouTube program
    September 10, 2018

    How do you replace a powerhouse host with a show that garnered more than 55 million views during its run? By creating a bunch of powerhouse hosts, of course.

    With longtime element14 personality Ben Heck retiring The Ben Heck Show, Premier Farnell has introduced element14 Presents, a new show with exclusive builds and cutting-edge ideas to harness the same knowledge of Ben Heck, but supercharged by a changing variety of hosts and topics.

    The new show will feature projects and tutorials from a

  • image Avnet NXP i.MX 8M seminar series
    August 13, 2018

    To transform human-machine interaction for the increasingly automated and connected world, you need the technology and guidance to get there. That’s why Avnet and NXP are teaming up for a series of workshops. The goal is to help educate design engineers and creators on how to turn the latest and greatest in processors into the next innovation in consumer technology, industrial automation or mobile computing.