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Arduino boards are available from a number of outlets including group of Premier-Farnell Companies, namely, Farnell, Newark, Premier-Electronics for the MultiComp versions.  Premier-Farnell took a conscious decision to offer their own version of the boards, proving that exact form-fit-function alternatives are possible to make and distribute, hence the Arduino-compatible boards from 'MultiComp' , including the Duemilanove (MC-Nove), Mega (MC-Mega) and Nano (MC-Nano). The popularity of the 3 boards mentioned above is easy to understand when one sees the number of projects being based upon them



This is going to get interesting. Any idea on the pricing?


At Newark (the US sales site), price was $31.74 for one, with modest quantity discounts shown (up to q e250 @ about $25.)  Part number 74R7635


Jul 07, 2010, 12:37 pm Last Edit: Jul 07, 2010, 12:39 pm by solderflux Reason: 1
Premier-Farnell is a direct competitor to the Electrocomponents group (comprising RS Components in UK/Europe/Asia, Radiospares in France, Allied Electronics in the North America, Radionics in ROI).

Interesting stuff, commercial uptake, and more evidence to suggest that Arduino is being used in Industrial and Educational applications.




Yeah I noticed this when ordering a few parts from Farnell yesterday.

Here is a pick of one of them.

Its still cheaper for me to import one from the USA though, go figure.


Looks identical to the arduino, except for the name?



I got one last week. It does look very similar to the Duemilanove.

Price wise its a bit cheaper at £22.60 than the original Arduino Duemilanove listed at £24.00 in RS.


For the sake of a couple of quid, I'd rather get the real thing and have my money go to the people who got it all started.


Sep 25, 2010, 11:46 pm Last Edit: Sep 25, 2010, 11:50 pm by Eight Reason: 1
For the sake of a couple of quid, I'd rather get the real thing and have my money go to the people who got it all started.

Can't help agreeing with you there.

Obviously, there's nothing "wrong" with what Farnell are doing here. But I prefer to see open-source used as an enabler for people to produce boards with some unique qualities; not just to clone someone else's work and undercut them.

Edit: Except, I guess, in situations where a bigger company is able to sell an idea at a massively cheaper price - which is good for consumers. Undercutting by £2 is a bit odd.


(actually, there's never been any confirmation or denial that Premier-Farnell hasn't reached some sort of mutually beneficial agreement with the Arduino team/etc.  Such things are occasionally confidential, and even some cases where some such arrangement has been made it doesn't seem to get widely publicized...  It makes it difficult for the end consumer to make ethics-based choices, though...)


I've just received delivery of a genuine Arduino Uno from RS Components - they seem to have a good range of boards

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