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Premier Farnell to announce much anticipated winners of Live EDGE - Electronic Design for the Global Environment - during virtual Communications Technology Conference on 2 April

24 MARCH 2009, London

Conference attendees will have access to the latest information on communication technologies from 29 leading component manufacturers

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor and its companies (Farnell, Newark element14, Premier Electronics, Farnell-Newark CPC, and MCM), will announce the winners for Live EDGE - Electronic Design for the Global Environment - during a special Communications Technology Conference, where attendees can learn and chat about the newest communication technologies at the virtual booths of 29 world-wide component manufacturers. The online event takes place on Thursday, 2 April 2009 in the specially developed Live EDGE EcoSphere, from 2:30 p.m. GMT in London, 9:30 a.m. in New York and 9:30 p.m. in Hong Kong. Live EDGE participants, members of the press, design engineers, students and electronic hobbyists are invited to register for this event at

The Live EDGE winner(s) will be announced by Premier Farnell CEO Harriet Green at 2:45 p.m. GMT, with a Q&A session to follow. The Live Edge challenge required entrants to submit designs utilizing electronic components in an innovative way, to make a positive impact on the environment. This year, the top three countries to register for the event were India with 25%, the U.S.A. with 17% and China with 8% of registrants.

The winning design will be awarded a unique prize package including a $25,000 USD cash prize, and support services valued at an additional $25,000 USD from experts in the fields of design consultancy, marketing, legal and commerce to drive the design towards production. In addition, each runner-up will be presented $5,000 USD for their designs.

The virtual Communications Technology Conference will showcase the newest communication technologies from 29 leading component manufacturers, including National Semiconductor, Vishay Intertechnology and Ohmite Manufacturing, who are global supplier sponsors of Live EDGE challenge. Featured technologies and discussions will include Bluetooth, WiFi and other protocols. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat live with manufacturer representatives and network with fellow electronic engineers, engineering students and hobbyists. Technical information will also be available for download.

"We are excited by the leadership opportunity the Live EDGE challenge has afforded Premier Farnell, and feel the online environment of the Ecosphere, which allows us to offer a learning and networking environment for design engineers, is a fitting way to host the awards ceremony," said Harriet Green, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Farnell plc. "Last year's competition was a huge success and the winning design will soon be launched into production, with an opportunity to significantly impact the environment. We are looking forward to see what exciting, new innovations this year's winners will bring to the market."

Conference updates, before and during the event, will be available via Twitter by signing up at More information about Live EDGE is available at and Live EDGE Design Challenge groups are also available on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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High resolution images of the Premier Farnell’s EcoSphere can be found at:

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The virtual Live EDGE EcoSphere is the venue for Premier Farnell’s global technical conference on the latest communication technologies 2, April 2009.

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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