element14 makes embedded design quicker and easier with enhancements to the Knode

The element14 Knode offers improved search, sharing, design, content and more advice and guides than ever before

16 July, 2012, London. element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts and a part of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell [LON:PFL], has announced the launch of a newly updated version of its industry leading online knowledge tool, the Knode.

The Knode on element14 is the only online resource for embedded and PCB design engineers who want to quickly find the best products and solutions to complete a project. Unlike time consuming searches on multiple supplier sites, or product-oriented distribution sites, the Knode connects engineers with the latest technical information and resources from the world’s leading suppliers, helping accelerate the design process.

Based on feedback from the element14 design community, that now boasts over 100,000 engineering and developer members, and from looking at how to help speed up the design process, element14 has improved the Knode in the following key areas:

New Design

• A cleaner design and intuitive navigation that makes it easier to find information fast

• More space for new solutions, better access to video, application specific content and downloads

Improved Search

• Quick access to technical content and solutions with:

Better sharing and storing of information

• New personalisation features such as ‘My List’ that helps securely store and share relevant information Gather and store parts, code, examples and documents

New content across the design flow

• More rich technical content and resources for embedded design and PCB design flows with quick access to detailed information, App Notes, Datasheets, Videos and Downloads

• Access development kits, development tools and embedded software from leading manufacturers like ARM, Freescale, Micrium, Microchip and TI. Plus exclusive development kits PCB design software, schematics and CAD models.

Following the recent announcement of the Group’s acquisition of Embest, the integration of CooCox IDE will enable design engineers to leverage the Knode as a one-stop solutions resource centre for all their component, and now systems, design requirements.

“The Knode is such a fantastic resource for anyone working in electronics engineering or design and a place that many in our industry have come to rely on,” said David Shen, Group Chief Technology Officer, element14. “We have integrated the innovative Coocox Integrated Development Suite onto the Knode to provide yet another open source design environment for design engineers and make it as easy as possible for them to write, compile, debug and test their designs faster and more efficiently.”

Launched in 2011, the Knode now features over 1000 development kits supported by more than 11,000 pieces of related technical content and resources including application notes, simulation models, reference manuals, code examples and tens of thousands of CAD models that free to download.

Found within the element14 Community, the improvements to the Knode now make it even easier to connect with manufacturers, industry experts, fellow engineers and access technical videos, webinars, documents to solve real design challenges. The overall advantage is to help design engineers improve time to market.

About Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 Community for design engineers – an industry first (www.element14.com). With sales last year of £973.1m and underlying profits of £104.6m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly. It trades locally as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.

Key facts

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4,100 employees

Over 2 million customer contacts in 156 industries

Over 400,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

Global leader in legislation RoHS, WEEE, REACH

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