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Premier Farnell & Newark element14 Announce its International Panel of Judges for $100,000 LiveEdge Competition


US leads in registrations for first ever electronic design competition for the global environment

Newark element14 and its parent company, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally, has announced its list of panel judges for its international design competition, "Live Edge" � Electronic Design for the Global Environment. Since its launch in May 2007, over 3,200 design engineers, students and academics from 102 countries have registered to submit designs for an innovative product that utilises electronic components and has a positive impact on the environment. There's still time to register. The top 10 countries for registrations are ( in order) are the U.S., U.K., China, India, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Brazil and France.

The 2007 LiveEdge competition panel of judges comprises; Sir Peter Gershon, - Chairman of Premier Farnell, plc � Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a governor of Imperial College, Professor Sir David King � UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, Mr. Mark Kenber � Director of The Climate Change Group, Dr. Alla Cordery - Head of Electronic Engineering, Oxford, Mr. Rob Rodin - CEO of RDN Group Inc USA, Mr. Max Huber � President Sharp Microelectronics, Mr. Yu Donghai, Dean of Electronics Engineering, Southeast University, China and Mr. Mingtao Jiang, Section Chief, Information Technology Development, China Ministry of Information Industry (MII).

The LiveEdge judging criteria includes usefulness of the application, originality and innovation, technical merit, its effect on the global environment, feasibility of the design, efficient use of energy, end of life consideration, innovative use of components, cost optimization, completeness of design dossier and clarity of supporting documentation.

The 2007 LiveEdge awards will be presented at a virtual awards ceremony via the Internet on 31st January 2008. This year's LiveEdge winner will also have the honor to be a member of the 2008 panel of judges for next year's competition.

In addition to an outright winner the Awards will also recognize 5 Highly Commended designs.

"We are immensely proud to have such a distinguished world-renowned group of industry professionals as our panel of judges for this first ever electronic design competition for the global environment," said Harriet Green, Chief Executive Office of Premier Farnell plc. "With over 3,200 designs registered, and the feedback we have received it is clear that the design engineering community has really embraced this opportunity to have a positive impact on the future of the environment and see their own vision become a reality."

About LiveEdge:

The winning entrant will receive a cash prize of US $50,000 as well as the support to move the design towards production. The support package, estimated to be worth an additional US $50,000, will include the services of an electronic design consultancy that will develop the design to prototype stage, assistance with legal matters and IP registration, marketing and publicity, as well as Premier Farnell's help in securing investment funding. The group will actively market the end product to millions of customers globally through their leading edge Web page, catalogue and direct marketing.

In addition, up to five entrants will be eligible for "honorable mentions", each receiving a cash prize of US $5,000.

The closing date for registration is October 31st 2007 and entries must be submitted by November 30th 2007. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and the winner will be announced in January 2008.

More information about Live Edge is available at

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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