Newark Reveals Winners of Live EDGE Challenge

Newark and its parent company, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally, has announced the winner of the 2007 Live EDGE (Electronic Design for the Global Environment) challenge as John Noble from Malaysia. John has designed a product called MyFan, a ceiling fan that combines an electronically commutated motor and controller, and aerodynamically efficient blade design that reduces fan input power by up to 66% of that of a traditional ceiling fan. It boasts auxiliary output channels that drive up to 20 watts of integrated LED lighting with up/down lighting modules. The Motor construction is totally enclosed and is available with an IP5x environmental rating.

The judges noted that John’s design demonstrated the best originality and innovation of the entered designs, the highest technical merit, a reduced effect on the global environment, provided the best feasibility of design, clearly showed efficient use of energy, provided innovative use of components, good cost optimization, completeness of design dossier and excellent supporting documentation.

“It is a great honor to have my design recognized by such an esteemed panel of judges,” said John Noble, winner of Live EDGE 2007 challenge. “Live EDGE has provided design engineers a forum to focus more on the issue of sustainability, and not just growth.”

Also providing excellent designs are the five Honorable Mentions; Thomas Reiter a student from Austria designing a unique miniature battery saving switch-mode power supply; Minesh Bhakta from the U.K. designing an energy gauge that helps manage the use of electrical sockets; Carlos Marques from Portugal on behalf of his company ID-Mind, whose design is for a 3D SunTracker optimizing the effectiveness of solar panels; Dale Stepps from Florida on behalf of his company, Inteltech Corporation, for a solid state luminare and Alistair Macfarlane from Scotland designing a LED intelligent light, all receiving $5,000.

The winners were announced at the Live EDGE Virtual Awards Ceremony and Technical Conference on January 31. This web-based event is available on demand anytime during February 2008.

“Our congratulations go out to John, we look forward to working with him to register his design and support him through production into the market, said Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell. “With over 3,500 engineers from over 102 countries involved in this year’s Live EDGE challenge, we feel we have really provided an opportunity for environmentally-friendly design and look forward to continuing this challenge in the future. We are proud to encourage the design of products that change the lives of at least 3 billion people. We will constantly work towards providing the best service, technology and support to our critically important design engineering customers.”

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