Adafruit accessories for Raspberry Pi now available at Newark element14

Adafruit accessories for Raspberry Pi now available at Newark element14

Premier supplier partnership underscores distributor’s commitment to the Maker Movement and will provide Newark element14 with Adafruit’s newest products first

CHICAGO—OCT 23, 2012  Newark element14, a business of Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl) and the leading distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions in the Americas, today announced a new collaborative product partnership and distribution agreement with Adafruit, an innovative electronics educator, creator and e-tailer for makers of all ages.

Newark element 14 and Adafruit are working closely to develop and distribute exciting new Raspberry Pi accessories. Adafruit will be delivering their new products and designs to Newark element14 first as their premier partner for Raspberry Pi efforts.

Available for same-day shipping, the initial Adafruit line offers accessories for the $35 Raspberry Pi mini-computer (now with 512MB), including the popular Adafruit Pi Cobbler Breakout Kit to easily “cobble” together prototypes, and the Pi Dish,which enables a Pi to be attached to a full sized breadboard. The device, cables, power supplies, peripherals and tools can be purchased at http:www.newark.com/pi

Raspberry Pi was quickly embraced by the Maker movement, as well as by engineers and developers, when it was launched on the element14 Community in February. The Community, a recent winner of the Makey award for “best education/outreach”, serves as a global hub for exclusive trainings, technical information and discussions about Raspberry Pi.

 “The team and community at Newark element14 is a perfect match for our shared goal of helping to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, makers and tinkerers,” said Limor Fried, founder and engineer of Adafruit Industries.

“We salute Adafruit as one of the pioneers of the Maker movement, and we are delighted to partner with them to better serve our mutual customers,” commented Jeff Uden, vice president, product management, Newark element14. “Together, we can offer electronics enthusiasts and educators even more of the technical information, community resources and the products they need to support their projects.”

The Maker Movement defines a subculture of people of all ages who pursue engineering interests such as electronics, robotics and 3-D printing and support the use of open source, accessible technologies, such as Arduino.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012