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Future Signs Deal with Crocus; Digi-Key to Carry Active-Semi Products

27 March 2014

Future Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with Crocus Technology, a developer of magnetically enhanced semiconductor technologies for microcontrollers and magnetic sensors.

Crocus' Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) technology is used to enhance the performance and security of chips in smart cards, mobile phones and data servers.

Dragos Chima, director of the memory business unit at Future Electronics, based in Montreal, said the "compelling technology matches Future's goal of promoting leading edge products with superior service" to customers around the world.

Chima said the agreement will be an opportunity for Future to leverage its global supply chain services and engineering capabilities to help drive the "widespread adoption of Crocus' products."

Bertrand Cambou executive chairman of Crocus Technology, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., said the agreement with Future will help the company "deploy our commercial strategy across key markets."

In other distribution news, Digi-Key has signed a global distribution agreement with Active-Semi and will carry the chipmaker's line of analog and mixed-signal power ICs used in smart phones, tablets, wearable electronic devices and industrial equipment.

Mark Zack, vice president, global semiconductor products at Digi-Key, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., said Active-Semi offers turnkey solutions with analog power and power application microcontrollers. The new agreement will "provide an excellent opportunity for our customers to streamline their development cycles," he said.

Active-Semi's portfolio includes power application controllers, power management chips, DC/DC and AC/DC converters and LED drivers.

"We anticipate accelerating our global growth with Digi-Key," said Mark Cieri, Active-Semi's vice president of sales and corporate marketing. He said the new agreement with Digi-Key will make his company's products more available to the global design community.

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