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Premier Farnell introduces Pi Desktop

Kit converts a Raspberry Pi into a fully featured and packaged desktop computer

Premier Farnell, The Development Distributor, is pleased to announce the global availability of new Pi Desktop, an innovative set of accessories that converts a Raspberry Pi into a fully featured Linux-based desktop computer housed in an elegant enclosure.

When combined with the Raspberry Pi, the Pi Desktop provides users with all the functionality they would expect from a standard PC, including WiFi, Bluetooth, a real-time clock, an mSATA solid-state drive interface, an optional camera and a power switch (Solid-State Drive and Raspberry Pi Camera purchased separately).

The result is a simple and elegant solution for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts looking to turn their Raspberry Pi into a stylish desktop computer within minutes. It eliminates the need to use a complex bundle of wires, or to compromise on the choice of peripherals. The Pi Desktop can be connected to a display via the HDMI interface.

The enhanced capabilities offered by the extended SSD memory capability (up to 1 Tbyte) make the system highly robust and reliable, and the ability to boot the Raspberry Pi directly from the SSD leads to a high-speed start-up experience for users. The built-in power switch makes the Pi Desktop easy to operate. An intelligent and safe power controller means that users do not have to remove the power adapter from the Pi board; they simply turn the power on or off like a desktop or laptop.

The kit includes the add-on board containing the mSATA interface, intelligent power controller and RTC; the stylish enclosure; a heat sink; a USB Adapter (Micro-Type A); the RTC battery; and all the necessary spacers and screws.

The Pi Desktop has been developed by Premier Farnell under its element14 technology brand, and is another example of Premier Farnell’s experience in delivering products to market, from research, through to production. It is only available from Farnell element14 and its resellers.

Premier Farnell is the largest manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi, having working closely with the Raspberry Pi foundation since the launch of the Raspberry Pi in 2012. Premier Farnell has also developed and launched an eco-system of accessories that support the maker, design and education market, enabling makers to develop their own dedicated projects with the Raspberry Pi.

About us

Premier Farnell is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

Research and Design Services – Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

More than 3,500 leading suppliers

More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

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