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Texas Instruments Piccolo family available at Newark element14


32-bit MCU performance, energy efficiency and real-time control now practical for a wide range of cost-sensitive applications

Committed to bringing design engineers the newest technologies first, leading multi-channel electronics distributor Newark element14, part of global Premier Farnell plc, announces that it is among the first to market the complete Texas Instruments PiccoloTM family. Available for same-day shipping at the new Piccolo F2802x/F2803x microcontrollers (MCUs) offer a combination of 32-bit performance, enhanced peripherals and small package sizes starting at 38-pins.

These features allow designers to add real-time control and system management using just one microcontroller for a wide range of industrial, consumer and automotive applications, including solar power micro-inverters, LED lighting, white good appliances and hybrid automotive batteries. Previously, this technology was cost-prohibitive for use in most applications outside of mobile devices.

"One Piccolo controller can replace external analog components to lower overall system cost, while enabling advanced control loop capability with one MCU," said Matt Muse, Business Development Director, Microcontrollers, Texas Instruments. "This technology will appeal to Newark element14’s broad base of design engineers."

"Texas Instruments is a key supplier of ours, and we are pleased to partner with them to introduce and seed their new technology to the market," comments Paul Buckley, Senior VP, Sales & Supplier Management, Newark. "Getting new technology quickly into the hands of design engineers is a core capability for us."

Newark element14 also stocks three low-cost tools for Piccolo MCU-based devices: the controlCARD (for initial development and small volume systems); controlSTICK (for easy, quick evaluation of all advanced capabilities); and for next-step development, the Experimenter’s Kit, which includes a controlCARD, docking station and USB cable.

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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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