Avnet Abacus has extended its distribution agreement with Panasonic. The agreement now allows Avnet Abacus to include highly competitive RF and wireless module based products and technologies.Avnet Abacus is already an authorized distributor for Panasonic products throughout Europe, offering a broad range of its passive electronic components including capacitors, inductors, resistors, sensors and switches. This extension of the distribution agreement between the two companies enables Avnet Abacus customers to gain access to the full portfolio of RF modules from Panasonic, which covers all the latest communication protocols with ready-to-use modules for Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi.A major focus for Panasonic’s wireless connectivity solutions is to help companies shorten their development cycle and gain faster time-to-market. The time and software resources required for engineers to learn network communication protocol stacks and develop applications can be very expensive. However, the modules enable the building of wireless communications into designs – quickly and easily – without engineers requiring comprehensive know-how of wireless hardware and software design. Panasonic has also partnered with a number of software developers for all of the major RF network protocols, including Bluetooth, ISM and SNAP.Furthermore, designing in a pre-tested and certified RF module, rather than implementing a discrete wireless solution, enables the reduction of test and certification requirements and the overall cost of ownership for product development. In addition, long-term design stability can also be achieved as the Panasonic portfolio of RF modules has maintained consistent pin-out and footprint across several generations with the introduction of newer and more advanced microcontrollers.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has indicated his side needs to improve in order to retain its La Liga title.The Camp Nou outfit is currently six points adrift of leaders Real Madrid following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Getafe.Guardiola admitted his side are currently not at the same level as its capital archrival but noted it will strive to see off Jose Mourinho’s men in the upcoming Clasico on December 10.“You cannot always be at the top, but the truth is that this is the first time we are below another side,” he told reporters at a press conference. “This can happen, also because we are competing against Madrid. We know we have a very strong rival above us and we are ready to try [to beat them].”“We will have to improve, or we will not reach them. We are at a good level, but it is not enough to be first in the table,” he continued. “We will try hard until the last day of the season. I do not know if it will be enough to be champions, but we will try.”The 40-year-old went on to reject the suggestion of a crisis at the club and stressed he cannot explain the team’s subpar displays on the road this season. “I do not think that this is the team’s most delicate moment since I arrived,” he noted. “There is not just one factor, because every [away] match is different. We did not play poorly in any match, we always had more chances than our opponent.”Barca will host Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.