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  • February 7, 2018

    While open source hardware and software technology have been credited with “democratizing innovation,” easy, cost- competitive access to the latest products and tech support remains a challenge for many makers and start-ups.

    To bridge this gap, Premier Farnell has launched, a content-driven site filled with both educational and project-related materials that will allow visitors to “play, learn and create,” according to Steve Carr, global head of marketing at Premier Farnell and

  • February 1, 2018

    A common mantra among today’s technology startups is “fail fast.” But, what if you didn’t have to fail at all? That’s the goal of Hardware Studio, a joint venture between Avnet, its Dragon Innovation division and Kickstarter.

    Hardware Studio is designed to mitigate much of the risk in a Kickstarter campaign by smoothing the pathways for makers and startups to bring projects to life. Since its launch in September 2017, Hardware Studio has accepted 20 startup projects into the program.  

  • January 26, 2018

    Embedded vision technology can help machines “see” by quickly extracting intelligence from images in real time and under various lighting conditions. In the automotive space, this can enable autonomous cars to avoid that pedestrian in the crosswalk or roadside collision faster and more efficiently than ever before.

  • January 12, 2018

    Building on its extensive portfolio of product and service support resources for OEM designers, makers and hobbyists alike, Avnet introduced the Path to Prototype guide this week at CES.

  • January 12, 2018

    Sensors are the unsung heroes of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. They increase functionality of devices in many industries including consumer, medical, industrial, automotive and wearables. This functionality can be delivered at various levels of integration based on the number of diverse sensor types included in either a single package or sensor module. With thousands of potential combinations, many designers are confounded by the challenge of determining the right types of sensor

  • January 9, 2018



    Avnet will demonstrate new IoT services that help developers overcome the challenges of bringing IoT products to market. These include:

  • Avnet employees present Hope For The Warriors with $15,000 donation.
    January 3, 2018

    Employees of Avnet’s Richardson, Texas branch recently rallied customers and suppliers to raise $15,000 for the non-profit Hope For The Warriors organization, a national program which provides support for United States’ service veterans, active duty troops and military families.

    For the past three years, the Avnet team has hosted a “Driving For Heroes” golf outing benefitting Hope For The Warriors. The proceeds from year’s “Driving For Heroes” event brings Avnet’s total contribution to Hope For

  • December 27, 2017

    Successful Kickstarter campaigns aren’t just about innovative products and strategic marketing plans. The profitability of your product and the success of your campaign depend on how many units you intend to build and sell, and at what margins. Identifying and understanding part data, cost information, campaign targets and reward prices can be a lot more complicated than most hobbyists, and even maker pros, imagine.

  • December 11, 2017

    With billions of connected devices talking to each other in the growing IoT universe, device security and authentication are a must for today’s tech manufacturers. EBV Elekronik has collaborated with Infineon Technologies AG and Data I/O to create the new Secure-it personalization service for secure devices, designed to protect products from hacking, counterfeiting and data theft.

  • November 30, 2017

    Every year since 1988, Black Enterprise magazine publishes a list of the top black executives among U.S. corporations with gross revenues of $1 billion or more. Each year, the list includes a growing cohort of black men and women driving the global competitiveness of America's largest corporations.

    This year, honored along with high profile CEOs like Marvin R. Ellison, J.C. Penney Co. Inc.; Craig Arnold, Eaton Corp. and Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP, was Avnet’s own Chief Information