Semiconductor Value Chain

Digi-Key Signs Inventek; Mouser Expands Switch Sensor Line

12 September 2014

Digi-Key has signed a global distribution agreement with Inventek and will carry the company’s entire line of Wi-Fi and GPS modules and antennas.

Al Serpa, chief marketing officer and co-founder at Inventek Systems based in Billerica, Mass., said that the convergence between wireless connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) market by 2020 requires Inventek to have a premier distribution partner.

“Digi-Key’s ability to reach what will be the most diversified range of customer and market applications our industry has seen in combination with Inventek’s IoT and cloud-ready portfolio will position both companies as the standard in wireless solutions and services,” he said.

Inventek’s modular connectivity solutions address a growing need for IoT products and solutions across a wide range of embedded vertical markets including consumer, industrial, energy, medical and military segments, according to Inventek.

Ira Suko, director of semiconductors at Digi-Key, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., said the distributor’s customer base will find “great value in the addition” of Inventek’s portfolio.

“These products provide a wide range of options from low-cost system-in-a-package (SiP) products to modular-based solutions that address a particular application or industry need.”

In other distribution news, catalog distributor Mouser Electronics said it is now stocking Murata’s line of anisotropic magneto resistance (AMR) magnetic switch sensors. The switch sensors have no mechanical components, higher detection sensitivity and a wider detection area than their competitive devices, the distributor said.

They are used in mobile devices and notebook computers and are adaptable to other applications such as white goods, industrial and security equipment, according to Mouser.

The devices are available in a variety of package options, including SOT23 and SON4. There is also ultra-small sensor measuring 1.0 mm x 0.9 mm x 0.5 mm and ultra-low height devices with dimensions of 1.00 mm x 1.60 mm x 0.37 mm.

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