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InterOil Announces Senior Management Changes

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SINGAPORE, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — InterOil Corporation (NYSE: IOC; POMSoX: IOC) today announced the appointment of Mr. Jon Ozturgut as Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Donald Spector as Chief Financial Officer, with immediate effect.

Mr. Ozturgut, a senior executive with 27 years’ international oil and gas experience with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), CMS Oil and Gas Company, and Woodside Energy, replaces Mr. William J. Jasper III, who is retiring after seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ozturgut will also be responsible for mergers and acquisitions, and new business development.

Mr. Spector, a senior executive with more than 35 years’ international financial experience, including 30 years in oil and gas, replaces Mr. Collin Visaggio, who resigns as Chief Financial Officer, also after seven years with InterOil. As part of his new role, Mr. Spector will oversee InterOil’s investor relations team.

InterOil Chief Executive, Dr. Michael Hession, thanked Mr. Jasper and Mr. Visaggio for their important contributions in the company’s formative years. “Bill and Collin indicated some time ago their intention to leave once we began commercializing our gas resources in Papua New Guinea,” Dr. Hession said. “They leave with our thanks for their service during the formative years of InterOil.”

A New Team to Lead InterOil and Maximise Asset Value

“We now need people of the calibre and experience of Jon and Don to step into these important roles at this crucial time for the company. InterOil has significant resources, large and prospective exploration acreage, and is developing a large LNG project with Total. These appointments reflect our determination to assemble a world-class team to extract full value from these assets and realise our vision as a regional LNG player.”

“We are also streamlining our corporate structure and focusing staff resources at the frontline of our operations in Papua New Guinea and Singapore to support our exploration and LNG activities.”

Mr. Jon Ozturgut, a senior oil and gas executive brings extensive experience in multi-billion dollar investments in exploration, development, and production across global markets in the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Mr. Ozturgut was the Senior Vice President at Woodside Energy, the largest Australian oil and gas company, overseeing international corporate strategy, growing the exploration portfolio, mergers and acquisitions, and LNG developments. He has also held a range of executive positions in operations, delivering significant projects and company transforming transactions during his tenure with Pioneer Natural Resources, CMS Oil and Gas Company, and 15 years with ARCO. Mr. Ozturgut has a degree in mechanical engineering.

Mr. Donald Spector was the Vice President of Taxation and Treasury at Woodside, where he managed the treasury, taxation, risk, and insurance functions, and advised on mergers and acquisitions. He successfully developed the capital management strategy to fund the A$15 billion Woodside Pluto LNG project in Western Australia. Mr. Spector has also held senior roles in BP and CRA (now known as Rio Tinto). Mr. Spector has a degree in accounting.

About InterOil
InterOil Corporation is a vertically integrated oil and gas company in Papua New Guinea. It has exploration interests over approximately 3.9 million acres (about 1.6 million hectares) and holds a major interest in the large Elk-Antelope gas field, which is being developed for a liquefied natural gas project with Total of France. InterOil owns and operates Papua New Guinea’s only oil refinery, and operates an extensive petroleum retail and commercial distribution network. It employs about 1000 people. InterOil’s corporate headquarters are in Singapore and its operations office is in Port Moresby. It is listed on the New York and Port Moresby stock exchanges.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” as defined in United States federal and Canadian securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that InterOil expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including in particular, the development of an LNG Project, the use of gas from the Elk and Antelope fields, the satisfaction of the conditions to the closing of the agreement with Total, business prospects and strategies. These statements are based on our current beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to us, including discussions between the parties to the agreement and with third parties. No assurances can be given however, that these events will occur. Actual results could differ, and the difference may be material and adverse to the Company and its shareholders. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include the risk factors discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and on SEDAR, including but not limited to those in the Company’s Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2012 on Form 40-F and its Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2012. In particular, there is no established market for natural gas or gas condensate in Papua New Guinea and no guarantee that gas or gas condensate from the Elk and Antelope fields will ultimately be able to be extracted and sold commercially. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in the Company’s Form 40-F, available from us at http://www.interoil.com/ or from the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/ and its Annual Information Form available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com/.
Investor contacts for InterOil
Wayne Andrews, Vice President Capital Markets Meg LaSalle, Investor Relations Coordinator
Wayne.Andrews@InterOil.com Meg.LaSalle@InterOil.com
Phone: +1-281-292-1800 Phone: +1-281-292-1800

Media contacts for InterOil
John Hurst, Cannings Corporate Communications
jhurst@cannings.net.au
Phone: +61-418-708-663
Source: InterOil Corporation
Related stocks: NYSE:IOC

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January 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

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CenturyLink announces Savvis name change

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— “CenturyLink Technology Solutions” represents combined value of organization’s broad set of secure colocation, managed services, cloud, network and hybrid IT offerings

MONROE, La., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that Savvis, its data hosting segment, will deliver its services under the name CenturyLink Technology Solutions effective immediately. The alignment between the business unit and parent company represents the combined value that CenturyLink delivers to businesses through its broad set of colocation, managed services, cloud and network offerings.

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“We are pleased to become CenturyLink Technology Solutions, as aligning our brand with CenturyLink demonstrates the deeper ties to the broad portfolio of IT solutions that we collectively deliver for businesses,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink Technology Solutions. “While we are extremely proud of our nearly 20-year legacy operating as Savvis within the industry, we value CenturyLink’s extensive market leadership and look forward to operating under one brand to continue helping businesses become more agile, secure and sustainable with integrated solutions that deliver bottom-line results.”

CenturyLink Technology Solutions will remain the distinct data hosting operating segment within CenturyLink. Von Deylen added, “Though our name is changing, our customers will continue to be served by the same account teams providing the same excellent levels of service and experience that enterprises have come to expect from us.”

CenturyLink expects to continue advancing in its cloud, colocation, managed services and hybrid IT operations, building and expanding data centers in key markets, broadening its managed application suite and innovating its cloud solutions.

About CenturyLink Technology Solutions
CenturyLink Technology Solutions delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit http://www.centurylink.com/technology.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit http://www.centurylink.com.
Source: CenturyLink, Inc.

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January 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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PubMatic Launches Japan’s First Independent, Global Sell Side Platform, Forms Strategic Partnership with So-Net Media Networks

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PubMatic, the programmatic advertising platform company for leading publishers, today announced a strategic partnership with So-net Media Networks, part of the So-net Corporation. The strategic partnership will bring leading global sell side platform (SSP) technology and services to the Japanese market, through a renowned local partner with deep experience servicing Japanese premium publishers.

“We are pleased to announce our exciting partnership with PubMatic,” said Takeshi Jibiki, President at So-net Media Networks. “Over the last two years, the programmatic marketplace has developed and matured dramatically in Japan, establishing Japan as the leader in RTB in APAC (IDC, 2013). To meet the growing market demands and better meet the needs of publishers, we have formed a strategic partnership with PubMatic. This strategic partnership signals the importance of the Japanese programmatic market, bringing the first independent global sell side platform to Japan.

“We will provide Japanese publishers with the technology to take control of and improve the value of their online advertising inventory. This will give significant value to local and global ad networks, DSPs, Trading Desks and Agency Holding Groups that are becoming inventory buyers. Together, we will contribute to the future of the programmatic industry.”

PubMatic’s One Platform includes features required in the Japanese market today, such as Yield Optimization and industry leading RTB-based functionality. Additionally, PubMatic’s history of innovation means that the platform already offers features that are expected to become increasingly relevant as the market matures, including audience and data management platform (DMP) capabilities, as well as Private Marketplace functionality. The PubMatic platform also supports mobile and video solutions, which are well established in Japan and expected to continue to be key categories in the next few years.

“We are honored that So-net Media Networks has chosen our sell side platform,” comments Rob Jonas, Global Chief Revenue Officer at PubMatic. “This partnership brings PubMatic’s publisher-centric strategic selling technology and services to the Japanese market. Advertisers, agencies and DSPs will be able to access inventory through leading tools and services, including RTB-based buying.

“With RTB spend in Japan set to grow from $218 million in 2012 to $1 billion in 2017 (IDC, 2013), we intend to capitalize on this growth as we further expand our operations into Japan. As such we will be working closely with So-net Media Networks to engage in joint sales efforts to bring new publishers onto the PubMatic platform.”

Please contact:

For PubMatic:
Mital Goel
Corporate Communications Manager, EMEA & APAC
E: Mital.Goel@PubMatic.com

For So-net Media Networks
Planning Dept.
E-mail: pr@so-netmedia.jp

About So-net Media Networks
Established in March 2000, So-net Media Networks is a consolidated subsidiary of Japan’s major Internet Service Provider (ISP) So-net Corporation.So-net Media Networks provide several kinds of digital advertising solutions including Demand Side Platform “Logicad”, one of the leading DSPs in Japan.

About PubMatic
PubMatic is the technology platform that powers the programmatic advertising strategy of leading publishers and premium brands. Our innovative solutions help content providers drive the highest value for their digital media assets and provide consumers with a more personalized advertising experience across display, mobile and video. PubMatic’s One Platform, proprietary technology and advanced mobile capabilities are utilized by a global roster of comScore publishers. Pioneering online auctions for the buying and selling of media through Real-Time Bidding (RTB) and Private Marketplace (PMP), the company also works with hundreds of advertising partners. Ranked by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in the US Internet sector in both 2012 and 2013, PubMatic has offices worldwide with headquarters in Redwood City, California.
Source: PubMatic

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January 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

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RISI Announces Program Lineup for 2014 European Pulp and Paper Conference

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BEDFORD, Massachusetts, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced program details for its Sixteenth Annual European Pulp and Paper Conference, to be held March 10-12 in the Czech Republic at the Marriott Prague Hotel.

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This year’s conference will focus on the theme “Adapting for Change – Future-proofing the Pulp and Paper Industry,” and will emphasize strategies to help organizations safeguard their success. Speakers will include CEOs and other high-level executives from the pulp and paper industry, as well as leaders from industries and sectors crucial to paper and packaging demand. In addition, RISI’s highly regarded economists will present two-year outlooks on key areas of the supply chain.

New this year is a one-day seminar, “Innovating at the Mill for Future Success,” specifically targeted toward maximizing the opportunities presented in the bio-economy. The seminar will be held concurrently with the pulp and paper program.

The program also features a dedicated afternoon focused on the growing packaging segment, where attendees will hear speakers, including Dell’s Global Commodity Manager for Packaging, Adam Bushong, who will offer a unique perspective into what the industry needs to provide for leading global brands. Other sessions will feature speakers such as:

Marco Mensink, Deputy Director General, CEPI
Andrew Coker, Director of Stakeholder Engagement Europe, APP
Robert Wilson, Director of European Consulting, Renewables and Bioprocess, AMEC
Simon Leich, Managing Director, CS Partners
Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Fine Paper Europe

RISI economists who will be presenting include:

Kurt Schaefer, Vice President, Fiber
David Katsnelson, Director, Macroeconomics
Hannah Zhao, Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper
Peter Barynin, Principal Economist, North American Timber
Ville Henttonen, Senior Product Manager, Mill Intelligence
Esko Uutela, Principal, Tissue
John Maine, Vice President, World Graphic Papers
Alejandro Mata, Economist, European Forest Products
Orifjon Abidov, Senior Economist, European Paper Packaging

The conference program and registration for the event are currently available at http://www.risi.com/euroconf.

For more information on sponsoring these events, please email advertising@risi.com or visit http://events.risiinfo.com/european-conference/sponsorship-opportunities for more details.

For Press Enquiries, please contact:
Caitlin Howe
Marketing Specialist
O: +1-781-734-8956
E: events@risi.com

About the European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference (http://www.risi.com/euroconf)

The Sixteenth Annual RISI European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference will be held March 10-12 in the Czech Republic at the Marriott Prague Hotel. The conference will address some of the keys issues facing the European pulp and paper industry. Attendees will include executives from paper companies, merchants, pulp producers, suppliers, financial and market analysts, and other end-users. The conference program and registration details are available online at http://www.risi.com/euroconf.

About RISI (http://www.risi.com)

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Source: RISI

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January 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Asia Pacific’s food industry demand to surpass North America and Europe combined by 2014

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~ The APAC region food industry is fastest growing, and will hold 33% market share in 2014

SINGAPORE, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Asia Pacific region’s food industry is one of the fastest growing and is expected to hold a 33% market share in the global food and beverage market in 2014. This is due to key megatrends such as increased urbanisation, increasing need for health and wellness solutions and the growing sensitivity to food safety; all of which will influence consumer behaviour and directly impact growth and performance of Asia Pacific’s food industry.

“The Asia Pacific region encompasses a varied range of countries that differ in culture, cuisine, language and the degree of economic development. Despite their differences, the food industry in the region has been growing persistently even through the 2008/2009 economic downturn. Asia Pacific’s food industry is projected to be a key economic driver as demand for food and beverage is expected to surpass the combined demand of North America and Europe by 2014,” said Natasha D’Costa, Research Manager, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan. “The key product growth areas within the Asia Pacific will be in beverages, dairy and the fortified commodities markets,” noted D’Costa.

In the Western part of the world, strong growth is seen in the alcoholic and carbonated soft drink sectors of the beverage industry. However within the Asia Pacific region, strong growth is primarily seen in non-alcoholic and fortified beverages and key growth areas within the Asia-Pacific region will be in bottled water, ready to drink teas/coffee and juices. In South East Asian countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, demand for ready to drink tea is growing strongly and a huge market opportunity has presented itself in flavoured teas and green teas as it is well known locally and consumers easily identify with it.

“The convenience and rising awareness of health and wellness among consumers will continue to drive the growth of the ready to drink tea market. Bottled water is also experiencing huge growth, particularly in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Water scarcity and the lack of clean water supply are the main factors that drive this market,” D’Costa added.

Australia has not experienced strong growth in the bottled water market because of the luxury of having access to clean drinking water and of the rising awareness of being sustainable and the long term environmental impacts of the bottles. There was even a ‘bottled water ban’ in 2009 in a small town in Australia called Bundanoon as the locals were deeply concerned with the carbon footprint associated with bottled water.

The dairy industry in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow faster than mature markets of the US and Western Europe. “This is due to the increasing awareness of health benefits associated with consumption of dairy products. China is the forerunner in this demand as its younger population increasingly incorporates dairy into its daily diet. India is the world’s largest producer of milk with most of its production used domestically as South Asians typically consume a dairy rich diet. There is a growing demand for fortified dairy products as manufacturers aim to add value to this commodity,” explained D’Costa.

In Asia Pacific, the probiotic cultures market focused primarily at the fortified dairy sector is continuing to grow strongly with revenue projected from US$310 million in 2011 to US$522.8 million in 2018. “This is because there is increasingly more research validating the health claims of improving gut health and immune system, the increasing affordability of probiotic products due to increasing purchasing power parity of consumers and the growing focus on preventive medicine since the ageing population is expected to increase, particularly in Japan, Australia and Singapore,” elaborated D’Costa.

Key demand growth within the dairy industry will be within the skim milk powder markets especially for infant nutrition in Thailand, China and Singapore. The demand for cheese is also predicted to grow, particularly in South Korea and Japan. Dairy based beverages and fortified foods are key emerging product opportunities which will experience demand across the Asia-Pacific.

“The Asia-Pacific population is reported to have a vast micronutrient deficiency particularly in iron, iodine and vitamin A. Increasing concerns of poverty and malnutrition has led to initiatives to fortify basic staple commodities. In the Philippines, rice is iron fortified, in China soy sauce is fortified and in India wheat is fortified with iron and salt fortified with iodine.

“Food fortification will continue to be a key focus for governments over the next few years as they aim to introduce more fortified food products which in turn will drive demand for such foods. The market for fortified commodities such as salt, wheat and cereals will be key growth areas in the immediate future,” stated D’Costa.

“As the demographics and composition of Asia Pacific’s population changes, so will its dietary trends and food demands, thus as the region’s food industry dominates, it is expected to experience staggering growth,” concluded D’Costa.

About Frost & Sullivan
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E: carrie.low@frost.com

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E: melissa.tan@frost.com

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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January 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

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Industry’s smallest isolated DC-to-DC converters, available from RS Components, address power and space constraints in diverse applications

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ADI’s most compact range of isolated DC-to-DC converter ICs and evaluation boards now available to RS customers globally
SINGAPORE, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is stocking the industry’s smallest isolated DC-to-DC converters from Analog Devices (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications and a pioneer in digital isolator technology.
The ADuM5010, ADuM6010, ADuM521x and ADuM621x use ADI’s proprietary isoPower® isolated DC-to-DC converter technology to deliver 150 mW of output power while using less board space than competing module-based solutions. The ADuM521x and ADuM621x also integrate two channels of ADI’s award winning iCoupler® data isolation technology to reduce board space by up to 75 percent compared to optocoupler-based alternatives. The converters provide designers with a compact, easy-to-implement, cost-effective approach to meeting both isolated power and data requirements. The combination of size and output power also addresses the growing space and power constraints engineers must consider when designing control systems, test and measurement equipment, power supplies, motor drives, and other industrial and instrumentation applications.
All of the new DC-to-DC converters provide regulated, isolated power, adjustable between 3.15 V and 5.25 V. The ADuM5010 and ADuM521x are certified for 2.5-kV rms (1-minute) isolation, while the ADuM6010 and ADuM621x are certified for 3.75-kV rms (1-minute) isolation with further certification for reinforced insulation per VDE 0884-10. By incorporating ADI’s iCoupler digital isolator technology, the ADuM521x and ADuM621x reduce component count and simplify and improve design speed, reliability, and efficiency by eliminating the need for optocouplers.
ADI isolated DC-to-DC converters are available on RS Components Website
ADI isolated DC-to-DC converters are available on RS Components Website
All of these ADI isolated DC-to-DC converters are available to purchase direct from RS stock for same-day despatch. The ADUM5xxx evaluation boards (EVAL-ADUM5010EBZ and EVAL-ADUM5211EBZ) are also available from RS.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
Source: RS Components
Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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RS Components Reaffirms Its Continuing Commitment to DesignSpark PCB with New Version of Award-winning Software

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Version 6.0 integrates three new features requested by the DesignSpark user community, saving even more design time for engineers
SINGAPORE, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has unveiled the latest release of DesignSpark PCB, the company’s award-winning professional software for schematic capture and PCB layout. DesignSpark PCB Version 6.0 adds three of the most popular requests for new features, thereby further enhancing ease-of-use for designers: Simplified export to DesignSpark Mechanical, Cross Probe and Custom Shortcuts, making the powerful tool even easier to use and enhancing the ability to speed user navigation around designs.
Due to its advanced project design and production capabilities, DesignSpark PCB has gained extraordinarily high adoption with more than 200,000 users globally and has become the ‘open-source hardware’ tool of choice for sharing and collaborating on designs and projects. In this sixth edition, DesignSpark PCB builds upon the previous version of the tool, which was announced in April 2013 and added further functionality including Online Design Rule Checking (Real-Time DRC) and design support for buses.
DesignSpark Mechanical IDF Export
With the launch of DesignSpark Mechanical in September 2013 DesignSpark PCB users gained the ability to design the mechanical elements of their products with a free-of-charge tool from the DesignSpark suite. This requires designs to be exported from DesignSpark PCB using the industry standard IDF format. The enthusiastic adoption of DesignSpark Mechanical was followed by feedback from users indicating the need for closer integration between the tools. In response to these requests, DesignSpark PCB Version 6.0 comes with simplified IDF export dedicated to DesignSpark Mechanical. This new interface makes the design transfer process easier and with various parameters pre-configured, enables designs to be exported more quickly while minimising the risk of user errors.
The Cross Probe (X-probe) functionality in Version 6.0
The Cross Probe (X-probe) functionality in Version 6.0
Cross Probe
The Cross Probe (X-probe) functionality in Version 6.0 further speeds up the design process by allowing instant referencing between the schematic and the PCB-design views within the software. Usually it is relatively straightforward to identify a component in PCB view, but not necessarily so easy to find its corresponding symbol within the schematic – unless the system is extremely well known and understood by a user. Cross Probe allows the user to simply click on the component in either view, which will then immediately take them to the component in the counterpart view. The function works either way from PCB to schematic or vice versa.
Newly Added Custom Shortcuts
Newly Added Custom Shortcuts
Custom Shortcuts
The new Custom Shortcuts functionality in Version 6.0 allows more customisation flexibility within the user interface. Users can now configure the tool, defining their own shortcuts and hot keys thus making it much easier and quicker to use, especially if they are used to specific shortcut operations when using other PCB design tools.
“RS continues to remove the barriers of cost and complexity in electronics design and the release of Version 6.0 is a further confirmation of our commitment to support the growth of the DesignSpark PCB user base and deliver the best possible open-source hardware design experience to electronics engineers,” said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing at RS. “Feedback from the DesignSpark community has been instrumental in the evolution of DesignSpark PCB and this new version of the software fully embodies this approach, allowing engineers to innovate with free yet high-performance design tools.”
Simplified IDF export dedicated to DesignSpark Mechanical
Simplified IDF export dedicated to DesignSpark Mechanical
The DesignSpark PCB Timeline:
July 2010 – First Release of DesignSpark PCB.
March 2011 – Addition of 3D visualisation of PCB layouts and increased library management functionality.
November 2011 – Addition of simulation interface, design calculators and component-grouping functionality.
October 2012 – Enhanced library manager with access to 80,000 part numbers in ModelSource component library, and addition of Bill-Of-Materials quote and PCB manufacturing quote functionality.
April 2013 – Integration of online Design Rule Check and buses.
January 2014 – Simplified export to DesignSpark Mechanical, addition of Cross Probe and Custom Shortcuts functionalities.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355
Source: RS Components
Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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January 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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Megaport Announces Key Senior Hires and Commitment to Singapore’s Telecommunications Market

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Innovative Network Interconnection Service Provider Set to Open Singapore Office in 2014 to Support Enterprise, Service Providers and Network Partners
SINGAPORE, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Megaport, an exciting new entrant into Asia Pacific’s telecommunications market, today announced two new executives for the company’s leadership team and its vision to become the leading independent network interconnection provider in the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Belinda Flanders joins as Channel and Partner Manager for Asia, with Michael Glynn appointed in the role of Strategic Sales Director for Asia. Both executives have a wealth of experience in the regional telecommunications marketplace.
Demonstrating its commitment to Singapore and expansion into the wider Asia market, Megaport outlined the opening of a Singapore office early in the second half of 2014 to accommodate the company’s sales and project teams. It expects the Singapore office to have recruited six people by the end of 2014 and a further 12 in 2015. Ms. Flanders, currently based in Sydney, will relocate to Singapore to coincide with the office opening and Mr. Glynn will be sharing his time between Australia and Singapore.
“Opening a local office in Singapore is a crucial step forward in our strategy to engage with enterprise, providers and network partners in the region,” said Bevan Slattery, Chief Executive Officer of Megaport. “To achieve this, we need a great team to drive our success in the region. I am assembling a team of respected industry professionals, many of who have worked together before and achieved a level of success that other companies dream about. Belinda brings exceptional ability in the channel arena and is one of the most connected people I know in the cloud space in Asia Pacific. Combined with Michael’s track record as an exceptional sales professional that continually exceeds targets and delivers results, we have solid foundations to deliver on our strategy.”
Belinda Flanders, Channel and Partner Manager – Asia Pacific
Ms. Flanders will be responsible for developing and driving Megaport’s channel strategy in Singapore, involving XaaS providers/networks/data centres and other industry participants and influencers. This will drive awareness and adoption of its revolutionary network interconnection services in Singapore. She will initially be based in Sydney to establish Megaport’s channel program in Australia over the next six months, before relocating to Singapore to drive the channel program throughout the region.
Ms. Flanders brings over six years’ channel experience to Megaport, with a deep understanding of the needs of channel partners and how to deliver and maintain value. Prior to joining Megaport, she was the National Channel Manager – Carrier and Service Providers for NEXTDC Limited.
Michael Glynn, Strategic Sales Director – Asia
As Strategic Sales Director, Mr Glynn will be responsible for leading major and strategic sales opportunities throughout Asia Pacific, initially focused on Megaport’s fibre rollout in Singapore. He will work closely with the other members of the sales and channel teams to maximise Megaport’s success in the region.
Mr Glynn brings over 14 years’ experience as a very successful sales professional to Megaport. Prior to joining the team, he was Senior Wholesale Account Manager for Vocus Communications. He has also held senior sales roles with PIPE Networks, Pacnet and interTouch. His time at PIPE Networks and Vocus has given him an exceptional understanding of dark fibre networks and carriers, ISPs and service providers. In addition, his global carrier relationships in Asia and the USA make him well placed to drive Megaport’s expansion in Singapore.
About Megaport
Founded in Australia in July 2013 by industry visionary Bevan Slattery, Megaport is an exciting new entrant into Asia Pacific’s telecommunications market, aiming to become a leading provider of network interconnection services across the region. With over 100 connected cloud providers, enterprises and network service providers in Australia, Megaport improves connectivity by providing scalable and flexible connectivity options in an on-demand environment. For more information visit: http://www.megaport.com
About Bevan Slattery
Bevan Slattery comes from a background in building successful Australian information technology and telecommunications companies. He co-founded and successfully built PIPE Networks Limited in 2002, a company that grew to become Australia’s largest Internet Exchange and Australia’s third largest metropolitan fibre network provider, resulting in the sale of the organisation to TPG Telecom in May 2010 in a transaction worth AU$373 million. His last venture, NEXTDC Limited, is Australia’s largest independent data centre provider in terms of geography and IT power capability and has a market capitalisation of nearly AU$450 million.
Mr Slattery has been recognised with various industry awards including: ACOMM Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year Award (2009); Australian Telecommunications User Group (ATUG) Charles Todd Medal Winner in March 2010 for his “contribution to the Australian Telecommunications marketplace, including the construction of the $200 million PPC-1 submarine cable system connecting Sydney to Guam”; Queensland Pearcey Entrepreneur Award (2011); and National Benson Entrepreneur Award (2012).
Source: Megaport

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January 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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Megaport Set to Deliver Network Innovation in Singapore

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Australian Internet Visionary Turns Attention to Asia to Help Organisations Connect to the Cloud
SINGAPORE, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Megaport, an exciting new entrant into Asia Pacific’s telecommunications market, today announced the launch of its network interconnection services in Singapore, as part of its rapid expansion plans throughout Asia Pacific. Megaport has been granted a Facilities-Based Operator (FBO) Licence by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, which will allow Megaport to build and operate telecommunications infrastructure in the Singapore market.
The initial launch in Singapore will include the completion of its 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) enabled network-as-a-service platform, connecting organisations and cloud computing providers between major data centres in Singapore. Subsequent network development phases will see Megaport undertake the substantial rollout of a large capacity fibre optic cable network. This will support Megaport’s ever expanding managed network and also provide other carriers and enterprise clients with access to cost-effective dark fibre services. While the initial investment is SG$20 million, subsequent phases will see between SG$40 and SG$50 million invested in Singapore over the next three years.
Founded in Australia in July last year by Australian Internet visionary Bevan Slattery, the innovative Megaport platform already connects over 100 enterprise and carrier clients, such as Amazon Web Services and M2 Telecommunications, throughout 18 data centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Slattery’s track record and reputation with large infrastructure success for over a decade in Australia bodes well for the innovation of data services in Asia. Co-founding one of Australia’s largest independent Internet Exchange and dark fibre providers PIPE Networks Limited in 2002, he grew its network to over 1500km of dark fibre across five cities, connecting over 80 data centres, 250 Telstra exchanges and over 1000 buildings. His subsequent venture NEXTDC Limited, built Australia’s largest network of independent data centres with facilities in five Australian cities, making NEXTDC Australia’s largest data centre provider in terms of geography and IT power capability.
“I am delighted that Megaport has secured its FBO licence from the IDA as it represents a key milestone towards our vision to become the leading provider of network interconnection services in Asia. Infrastructure-as-a-service has changed the way organisations use and manage information technology assets. Telecommunications services have to date resisted this change, attempting to match traditional pricing and long-term contracting models to the on-demand pay-for-what-you-use nature of cloud services,” said Bevan Slattery, Chief Executive Officer of Megaport.
“Megaport addresses this mismatch with its innovative and highly competitive product suite. It now will offer rapidly deployable connectivity options to major cloud and managed service providers that can be ordered and configured online – and purchased only for the duration they are required, whether it be months, weeks or even days and at a fraction of the price.”
Slattery concluded: “Megaport enables your network to be complimentary to your cloud, not surplus to it.”
Note: Photo available on request
About Megaport
Founded in Australia in July 2013 by industry visionary Bevan Slattery, Megaport is an exciting new entrant into Asia Pacific’s telecommunications market, aiming to become a leading provider of network interconnection services across the region. With over 100 connected cloud providers, enterprises and network service providers in Australia, Megaport improves connectivity by providing scalable and flexible connectivity options in an on-demand environment. For more information visit: http://www.megaport.com
About Bevan Slattery
Bevan Slattery comes from a background in building successful Australian information technology and telecommunications companies. He co-founded and successfully built PIPE Networks Limited in 2002, a company that grew to become Australia’s largest Internet Exchange and Australia’s third largest metropolitan fibre network provider, resulting in the sale of the organisation to TPG Telecom in May 2010 in a transaction worth AU$373 million. His last venture NEXTDC Limited, is Australia’s largest independent data centre provider in terms of geography and IT power capability and has a market capitalisation of nearly AU$450 million.
Mr Slattery has been recognised with various industry awards including: ACOMM Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year Award (2009); Australian Telecommunications User Group (ATUG) Charles Todd Medal Winner in March 2010 for his “contribution to the Australian Telecommunications marketplace, including the construction of the $200 million PPC-1 submarine cable system connecting Sydney to Guam” ; Queensland Pearcey Entrepreneur Award (2011); and National Benson Entrepreneur Award (2012).
Source: Megaport

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January 27, 2014 at 11:56 am

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Megaport to Lay Foundations in Singapore with Dark Fibre Network Rollout

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New High-Speed Dark Fibre Network Will Meet Current and Future Needs of Data Generating Businesses with Specialised, Dedicated Higher Bandwidth Services
SINGAPORE, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Megaport, an exciting new entrant into Asia Pacific’s telecommunications market, today announced it will commence the rollout of the initial phase of a high-speed dark fibre network in Singapore over the next 6-12 months, with an initial investment of SG$20 million. Subsequent phases of the network could see Megaport invest between SG$40 and SG$50 million in the network over the next three years. Megaport’s dark fibre network is designed to offer carriers and enterprise customers direct access to the high bandwidth potential of fibre optic networks at less than half the cost of similar services currently available in the Singapore market. The network will also underpin Megaport’s managed network in Singapore.
“Organisations in Singapore are generating and consuming ever-increasing amounts of data at rates never envisaged years ago, leading to huge demand for high-speed bandwidth to connect to data centres for disaster recovery or mission critical applications,” said Bevan Slattery, Chief Executive Officer of Megaport. “While the Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) is an excellent platform for the delivery of broadband services to homes and businesses, many of the carrier and enterprise clients need specialised, dedicated higher bandwidth services.
“Until today, however, access to dark fibre networks in Singapore has been expensive for organisations, forcing many to connect using managed network alternatives rather than using dark fibre. This has provided us with a significant opportunity to enter the market and rollout our own dark fibre network at a more competitive price point.”
Megaport’s focus is on rolling out its network between data centres in Singapore to enable organisations to connect between multiple centres for data intensive services, such as disaster recovery, cloud and mission critical applications. Initially, phase one of the dark fibre network will be rolled out between two Megaport locations in Singapore. Subsequent phases will focus on adding additional data centres and cable landing stations, as well as creating physical diversity between sites.
Megaport’s dark fibre network will provide telecommunications carrier grade infrastructure services at a highly competitive price point for premium bandwidth availability.
Since its launch in Australia in July 2013, Megaport – which currently extends to 18 major data centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – has connected over 100 customers as they embrace its revolutionary network-as-a-service concept. With strong demand expected to continue, Megaport will lead the charge to roll out 100 Gbps network interconnection services across the entire Asia Pacific region. Its launch into the Singapore market is a very important piece in the service provider’s strategy, with the new dark fibre network underpinning this.
Note: Photo available on request
About Megaport
Founded in Australia in July 2013 by industry visionary Bevan Slattery, Megaport is an exciting new entrant into Asia Pacific’s telecommunications market, aiming to become a leading provider of network interconnection services across the region. With over 100 connected cloud providers, enterprises and network service providers in Australia, Megaport improves connectivity by providing scalable and flexible connectivity options in an on-demand environment. For more information visit: http://www.megaport.com
About Bevan Slattery
Bevan Slattery comes from a background in building successful Australian information technology and telecommunication companies. He co-founded and successfully built PIPE Networks Limited in 2002, a company that grew to become Australia’s largest Internet Exchange and Australia’s third largest metropolitan fibre network provider, resulting in the sale of the organisation to TPG Telecom in May 2010 in a transaction worth AU$373 million. His last venture NEXTDC Limited, is Australia’s largest independent data centre provider in terms of geography and IT power capability and has a market capitalisation of nearly AU$450 million.
Mr Slattery has been recognised with various industry awards including: ACOMM Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year Award (2009); Australian Telecommunications User Group (ATUG) Charles Todd Medal Winner in March 2010 for his “contribution to the Australian Telecommunications marketplace, including the construction of the $200 million PPC-1 submarine cable system connecting Sydney to Guam”; Queensland Pearcey Entrepreneur Award (2011); and National Benson Entrepreneur Award (2012).
Source: Megaport

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January 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

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