Premier Farnell Expands its Successful® Range

Three New Products, Appealing to Both Makers and Industrial Markets


Premier Farnell, is now shipping three new products in the successful open source BeagleBone range. The ever popular BeagleBone Black and element 14 BeagleBone Black Industrial are now joined by BeagleBone Black Wireless, the element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape and the element14 4.3” Display Cape.

The BeagleBone® Black Wireless now has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities built in, removing the need for design or hardware workarounds. Focused on connectivity, the 10/100 Ethernet port from the BeagleBone® Black is replaced with a TI WiLink™ WL1835 which is a high-performance 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth. With Debian Linux preinstalled and 4GB of onboard eMMC memory, designers can be developing using their web browser in less than 5 minutes using just one USB cable. The new BeagleBone® Black Wireless is also fully compatible with existing cape plug-in boards designed for BeagleBone Black.

For designers already working with the BeagleBone® Black and element14 BeagleBone® Black Industrial, wireless communication is now available through the new element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape. This powerful cape expands the capability of the BeagleBone® device by adding a variety of wireless connectivity standards - making BeagleBone® boards the go-to choice for those developing IoT applications. The cape utilizes the advanced features of the Texas Instruments WiLink™ 8 (WL1837) industrial dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Bluetooth Smart (Low energy) module also including Zigbee and NFC functionality. Additional capes and accessories can be stacked or added as required with the inclusion of I/O headers on the cape, as well as on the BeagleBone® Black board.

The element14 Display Cape allows designers using the BeagleBone® boards (BeagleBone® Black, element14 BeagleBone Black Industrial and BeagleBone® Black Wireless) to connect a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display directly to the board. With capacitive overlay, the Display Cape provides an LED backlit screen for a smartphone-like interface, perfect for interactive projects, embedded systems and standalone installations.® products are open source which makes them perfect for makers and start-ups looking to commercialise their designs. Premier Farnell, The Development Distributor, is helping to make designing and creating IoT ready applications simpler than ever before.


About us 

Premier Farnell is 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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