Following the recent acquisition of AspenCore by Arrow, rival distributor Avnet has bought Hackster, the San Francisco-based online community ‘dedicated to learning hardware, from beginner to pro’. Hackster has a claimed membership of 200,000 and features projects based on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel Edison and other low-cost computing platforms.

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Avnet’s CEO, Wiliam Amelio, said,“The combination of Hackster.io with Avnet’s recently launched MakerSource resource directory and acquisition of Premier Farnell’s element14 community will allow start-ups to design and create new ideas, then quickly find the resources to support them as they prepare to take their product to market.” The price of the deal was not disclosed at the time of announcement.