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RS Components augments portfolio of powerful processing solutions with FPGA and SoC modules from Trenz Electronic

Easy-to-use development boards and modules target industrial and educational applications

LONDON, UK, 6 November, 2018 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has added a new portfolio of advanced modules based on FPGAs and system-on-chip (SoC) ICs from Trenz Electronic, a leading developer and manufacturer of module-based solutions for the industrial and science market sectors.

The ability of FPGAs and other powerful semiconductor devices to perform efficient processing in parallel is becoming very important to meet the demands of applications that are gathering and storing increasing amounts of data – and these are rapidly mounting in number with trends such as the internet of things. RS has therefore added the Trenz line of easy-to-use development boards and system-on-a-module solutions (SoMs) to help educate engineers and researchers working in industry or academia and get them up and running in a relatively short timeframe.

Targeting use in a range of industrial applications, in addition to many scientific research areas, the Trenz modules are suitable for embedded vision, industrial cameras for monitoring and control, medical instruments, AFM (atomic force microscopy), and ASIC-emulation applications, among many others.

Initial products in the Trenz range available from RS include a series of Xilinx FPGA-based boards, such as a Kintex-7 FPGA module with multi-Gigabit transceivers, an Artix-7 35T FPGA module with dual 100-Mbit Ethernet transceivers, and an Artix-7 based module offering 32MB of Quad SPI Flash memory and a large number of configurable I/Os.

These boards will also shortly be joined by a range of Xilinx Zynq SoC modules and starter kits, including: the ZynqBerry FPGA module, which comes in the Raspberry Pi form-factor and is based on the Zynq-7010 SoC; and the UltraSOM+ module, which integrates the powerful Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC.

“As a long-term customer of RS, we were very satisfied with its customer liaison and support, as well as its large selection of in-stock components and short-delivery times,” said Thorsten Trenz, CEO at Trenz Electronic. “Now, with RS as a distributor of our products, we are confident our customers will benefit as we did.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Trenz Electronic to offer our customers FPGA support and development in their designs,” added Adrian Gurr, RS’ Global Product Group Manager for Semiconductors. “As FPGAs become more complex, these Trenz system-on-chip modules provide easy-to-use components that enable fast integration into customers’ systems.”

The Trenz FPGA and SoC modules are now in stock at RS for businesses and educational establishments in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

About RS Components
RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation and IESA are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, a global multi-channel distributor. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronics products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2018 had revenues of £1.71bn.

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