Global electronics and solutions distributor Farnell element14 has expanded its proposition to include software tools and the industry’s first instant e-delivery capability for customer software purchases. Combining world-class software products with the company’s full range of semiconductor components and other electronics hardware, Farnell element14 is in a unique position to support its global customer base.
Engineers will be able to purchase software suites and packages immediately via all channels for immediate download. In addition, customers will gain access to an expanding portfolio of software products, as Farnell element14 combines recent additions to its global software offering – from the likes of Altium, Atollic, Mathworks and Timesys – with leading software products from ARM, MicroChip, CadSoft, NXP and more.
Customers can research and purchase online via the new software section of the Design Centre, enhancing its existing proposition with an extensive, market-leading range of development kits and tools.
Farnell element14 has also invested in new support capabilities for prospective software customers in the form of a Certified Software Applications team, who can deliver rapid responses to technical queries. Additionally, a range of related technical guides and tutorial videos accompany each product, in order to support the customer through the purchasing decision.
“Software is becoming a more significant part of electronic design today in terms of the time and resources dedicated to it, and this new capability ensures Farnell element14 is set up to meet the evolving needs of engineers,” said David Shen, Group CTO at Premier Farnell. “We are continually working to improve the customer experience and, through our unique e-delivery options, our customers will be able to instantly activate, download and install software from multiple suppliers – for the first time in our industry.”
“The time-to-market window is shrinking, and this new delivery method ensures our customers can spend more time on their designs instead of waiting for their software to arrive. It’s an approach that is redefining the software space, and ensuring Farnell element14 continues to support its customers at every stage of the development process, from early stage design, right through to production.”
Additionally, customers will be able to purchase software products from a range of other suppliers, including Texas Instruments, Freescale, Keysight and Analog Devices. These products are currently delivered in a physical format (e.g. CD) or digitally, but via the supplier themselves.