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Newark element14 Continues Its Huge Product Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO and CHICAGO, IL (March 29, 2004)

Design Engineers to Benefit from Expanded Selection of Semiconductors, Passives, and Other Key Categories

As part of Newark element14's continued focus on serving the needs of design engineers, the company today announced it is adding approximately 40,000 new products to its online selection in 2004. Newark element14, a business of global Premier Farnell plc (NYSE:PFP, LSE:pfl) and the leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment in North America, made this announcement at the electronicaUSA-Embedded Systems Conference.

"This year's expansion follows the momentum Newark element14 built in 2003, when we grew our inventory with more than 50,000 new products," said Eric Smith, market segment director, design engineers, at Newark element14. "Through various channels, including our local branch offices, the Web and surveys, we obtain customer feedback and add products accordingly. We're committed to delivering the components design engineers need to respond to the hottest technology trends. In fact, we're already stocking hybrid microcontrollers that combine the best of two technologies."

The majority of the expansion has been, and will continue to be, in the categories of semiconductors, passives, connectors, and electromechanical.

To date, additions include:

  • 50 percent more semiconductors to offer the leading selection of Discretes and an enhanced Microcontroller, Memory and DSP portfolio. Ramtron (high-speed memory) joins a roster of 50+ top manufacturers, including TI, Vishay, IR and Fairchild.
  • Double the number and variety of passives to offer a full range of sizes and values. The world-class Taiyo Yuden line (miniature ceramic capacitors, inductors, filters ferrites) has recently been added, and Newark element14 stocks the largest selection in North America.
  • 30 percent more relays, switches, sensors and power products including AC/DC end-to-end UPS systems from American Power Conversion, and a full range of miniature and PCB-mounted switches.
  • 30 percent more connectors added to what already was the broadest connector selection in the industry from top manufacturers, including Molex, Tyco and Amphenol.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell Ltd, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website,, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell Ltd, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit and Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark

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