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RS Components Enters Agreement with Adapteva to Deliver One of the World's Most Energy-Efficient Open-Source Computing Platforms to Customers Globally

Innovative Parallella board provides powerful, high-performance embedded computing capability in a compact, affordable, energy-efficient package

Singapore, 26 September 2014 :

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has signed a significant distribution agreement with Adapteva, producer of the innovative Epiphany multicore coprocessor and developer of the popular Parallella-16 board.

The partnership will bring the Parallella board directly to customers in Europe and Asia, which comprise almost 50% of the Parallella community, and will enable quicker, easier access to this energy-efficient technology.

Parallella was introduced to the industry through a highly successful Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign with the objective of democratising access to supercomputing. The open-source project now has thousands of users around the globe in one of the industry's most active programming communities. The open-source single board computer includes the Epiphany III 16 core co-processor on the board alongside the Xilinx Zynq Z7000 dual core ARM processor. The credit card sized device can be used as a development platform, embedded engine, teaching platform or research tool and is easily scalable by clustering boards to create a mini-supercomputer for advanced parallel computing applications.

"As a leading electronics distributor, RS has the experience and reach to provide wider access to the Parallella board around the globe," said Jonathan Boxall, Global Head of Semiconductors at RS Components. "We are energised by the initial success of Adapteva and are committed to help expand the success to a much broader range of users via our worldwide network."

"Adapteva is changing the way that people do computing as traditional approaches are nearing the end of their power efficiency," said Andrea Olofsson, CEO and Founder of Adapteva. "Parallella puts new capabilities in the hands of the novice and the expert. We are making parallel programming an everyday, low cost, accessible technology."

The Parallella board is available in three models and can be purchased from RS for same-day despatch from the company's global distribution centres. 

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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