Premier Farnell announce new global franchise with Sierra Wireless

Global agreement provides greater access to intelligent wireless solutions to enable design engineers to innovate in the connected world

Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, has signed a new global franchise with Sierra Wireless, further enhancing their market-leading linecard and providing access to the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways.

The agreement will specifically support electronics design engineers working in markets such as automotive & transport, energy & industrial, residential & healthcare, retail & payment and the growing Internet of Things market.

Premier Farnell has the broadest range of semiconductor and passive inventory on the market with 650,000 products available for same day despatch and access to over four million more on demand. Now, as part of the Avnet family, the combined business can support customers at every stage of the product lifecycle – ideation, design, supply chain and production.

Sierra Wireless is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower design engineers to innovate in the connected world. For OEMs and System Integrators, Sierra Wireless products take the complexity out of adding wireless so that users can develop, deploy, and maintain their connected products and services for years in the field.

Simon Meadmore, Head of Semiconductors at Premier Farnell, said: “We are delighted to be announcing this new global franchise with Sierra Wireless. The development of the Internet of Things provides huge opportunities for startups and experienced design engineers alike. As The Development Distributor we have invested in our product range and inventory to provide our customers with the latest products, enabling them to develop their designs and businesses. We believe the addition of Sierra Wireless products to our linecard adds real value for our customers. ”

Premier Farnell is also manufacturing the mangOH IoT enablement platform for Sierra Wireless.

Andrew Suttle, VP, Global Distribution, OEM Solutions at Sierra Wireless said, “Developers from the global engineering community can now easily purchase the full line of Sierra Wireless industrial-grade AirPrime® cellular modules from Premier Farnell to invent their own solutions that push sensor data to the cloud, turning their ideas into products and services faster than ever before. We are excited that Premier Farnell is also manufacturing and selling the mangOH IoT enablement platform and a suite of associated IoT connectors.”

For more information or to buy Sierra Wireless products please visit Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in Asia Pacific.


About us

Farnell element14 is part of the Premier Farnell group of businesses, a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

  • More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

  • Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

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