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Premier Farnell Teams with Sony UK Technology Centre to Manufacture Raspberry Pi In UK

Premier Farnell plc (LSE: pfl), a top worldwide distributor of electronics, has agreed to a deal with Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTec). The deal, which is worth millions of pounds, will result in the manufacturing of the revolutionary Raspberry Pi computer in the UK for the first time.

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Ecospan Announces Closed-loop Reuse and Recycling Model for Electronics Companies

Ecospan BioFlow proprietary biopolymers

Thanks to Ecospan, electronics companies can now replace petroleum-based plastic material used to make personal electronics with plant based bioplastics. With their regrind and reuse model, companies can reduce their use of petroleum based plastics in manufacturing and put a more sustainable supply chain in place. Ecospan is the first company to make bioplastics applications possible across multiple industries with whole solutions for reducing or replacing petroleum-based plastics across the supply chain.

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Suprema Introduces FaceStation Face Recognition Terminal

Suprema FaceStation face recognition terminal

Suprema introduced their FaceStation face recognition terminal. FaceStation is an IP based biometric access control terminal. It features facial recognition technology that identifies individuals from their facial image features. FaceStation is the fastest face recognition access control terminal with patented adaptive IR illumination technology. Suprema is a provider of biometric technology and identity management solutions.

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Icahn Group Offers $17 per Share for Mentor Graphics

Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliated entities (the “Icahn Group”) has made an unsolicited conditional proposal for all of the outstanding Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) shares that the Icahn Group don’t already owns. The Icahn Group is offering $17 per share in cash, which is a 17% premium to Mentor’s closing price of $14.52 on Friday.

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OneSpin Solutions Acquired by Azini Capital

Azini Capital has acquired OneSpin Solutions GmbH from founding investors. To accelerate the OneSpin’s growth and development, Azini has also completed an additional investment in the company. OneSpin was established in May 2005 as a commercial EDA company by Infineon AG and Apax Partners. OneSpin’s solutions enable engineers to reduce verification effort and costs, avoid costly redesigns and respins, and decrease time-to-market.

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Japanese Customs Office Rejects Request to Suspend Import of EVE ZeBu

EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, announced that the Japanese Customs Office has rendered a decision to reject Mentor Graphics’ application to suspend the importation of its best-in-class emulation systems. Each of the three intellectual property rights experts appointed by the Japanese Customs Office made a detailed analysis of the patent at issue and the alleged EVE ZeBu products, and the experts delivered opinions that the Japanese Customs Office should not accept the application from Mentor Graphics.

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Mentor Graphics Files Import Suspension, EVE to Defend Against Allegation

Following EVE’s announcement June 29 stating record quarterly bookings of $19.9 million, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced yesterday that it had filed an import suspension application against EVE emulation products in the Japanese Customs Office. The filing requests that Japanese Customs issue a ruling that EVE emulation products infringe Mentor Graphics’ intellectual property. The application also requests that, upon making such a determination, the Japanese Customs Office bar importation of EVE products into Japan.

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POLYTEDA Software Announces New Board Members

POLYTEDA Software Corporation, a provider of advanced verification solutions, announced the new composition of its Board of Directors (BOD). Mr. Randy Smith, Mr. Howard Pakosh, and Mr. Alexander Lutsenko have joined POLYTEDA’s BOD as new members. The Board now consists of five members and also includes Mr. Vlad Marchuk, CEO, President and founder of the company, and Mr. Evgeniy Utkin, its main investor and President of KM Core. Mr. Randy Smith took responsibilities as Chairman of the Board.

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Advanced Circuits Expands by Acquiring Circuit Express

Advanced Circuits (ACI) announced the acquisition of Circuit Express (CEI) based in Tempe, AZ. With this acquisition, Advanced Circuits, an industry leader for many years in the commercial PCB arena, moves aggressively into the high-reliability, military/aerospace/defense, high-technology marketplace. The acquisition will enable Advanced Circuits and Circuit Express to further focus on their core competencies and immediately begin offering expanded services to their customer bases.

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