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Design engineers get to experiment on internet radio in element14 Challenge using BeagleBone Black

January 27, 2014

Bangalore -- element14 announced today that its 'BeagleBone Black Radio Challenge', a design competition for participants to develop an innovative internet radio has received early entries from Australia, Japan and India.

In this Challenge for the creation of an innovative, fully-featured internet / digital radio, the BeagleBone Black has been bundled with a 4.3" LCD screen cape, compact USB wi-fi adapter with 4" antenna, Adafruit power adapter, Adafruit BBB case, and Adafruit Software Defined Radio Receiver USB Stick. Community members can submit before 3 February 2014 their most innovative proposal at

Since its launch in May 2013, the BeagleBone Black, a lower-cost, high-expansion board, has been a popular new member of the BeagleBoard family. Designed to address the Open Source Community and anyone interested in ARM Cortex(TM)-A8 based processor, it can connect with the Internet and run software such as Angstrom and Ubuntu.

Selected participants will start their reviews and blog on 17 February and complete by 28 March details of their project as they progress; including videos, diagrams and code samples. The most intriguing, engaging materials for a fully operational internet / digital radio will win a Grand Prize from Texas Instruments.

Ravi Pagar, Regional Director -- South Asia, element14 Asia-Pacific said, "There are hundreds of interesting radio stations in Asia broadcasting from India, Malaysia and Vietnam among others, and through this challenge, participants will get to share with our 200,000 member-strong Community their progress in developing an easy-to-use internet radio. It would be quite exciting to be able to easily listen to music or news from any of the 44,000 radio stations in the world."

The award-winning element14 Community offers design engineers a space to share project concepts with nearly 200,000 members. For more information on the 'BeagleBone Black Radio Challenge', please visit

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About element14

element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Bringing together the latest products, services, and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, element14 is the trusted global source to find the answers and parts you need to keep your project on the fast track, right from the start.

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Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 Community for design engineers -- an industry first ( ). With sales last year of 952m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers' needs. While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly. It trades locally as Farnell in Europe, Newark/element14 in North America and Mexico and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.

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