Distribution across Europe

01 August 2007

Philip Collins (Telit), Steve Clark, (Arrow Design Solution), and Neil Bosworth (Arrow)
Philip Collins (Telit), Steve Clark, (Arrow Design Solution), and Neil Bosworth (Arrow)

In distribution, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, reports CAROLINE HAYES

German distributor, Rutronik (www.rutronik.com) has a portfolio that includes semiconductors, passives and electromechanical parts like JAE’s industrial PC card and Express card connectors, offered alongside wireless products, displays and embedded boards. To reduce the size of mobile terminals, PDAs and portable media players, it claims a world record with the Tyco franchise, distributing the Epson Toyocom tuning fork crystal. The FC-12M is claimed to be the smallest available in the world and incorporates quartz MEMS (micro electromechanical system) to achieve the 2mm x 1.2mm x 0.6mm maximum size.

Another component distributor is Euroquartz (www.euroquartz.co.uk), based in the UK. As a specialist distributor, Euroquartz supplies Statek products, including the new customised temperature and force sensors, in heart pacemakers and inplant devices, high-shock military applications, ABS braking systems and geophysical drilling operations. It has added the EQXO-2000BM military specification clock oscillators for aerospace, defence and other hostile environments. The oscillators are housed in an eight pin dual in line package and are available in frequencies from 0kHz to 70MHz with frequency stability of either 100ppm or 50ppm over the military temperature range, -55°C to 125°C. They can also be produced in radiation-tolerant versions, EQXO-2000BMH. They are designed to withstand ionizing radiation to resist electrical failures for a total radiation dose of 40kRad. Full screening in accordance with Mil-O-55310C, Class B is available to order. The oscillators have a custom-designed, all ceramic oscillator substrate and ruggedised three-point crystal mounting system and are hermetically sealed in a metal package.

DSP Platforms
Another UK company, Kane Computing (www.kanecomputing.com) specialises in high-performance computing products and is a Texas Instruments third party partner, providing advice and consultation on its development tools and platforms and image processing applications. It sells eInfoChips’ video development kits, prototyping boards and reference designs on Texas Instruments DSP technology. The IPNetCam, based on TI’s DaVinci TMS320DM6446 platform, Smart IP surveillance camera reference design allows OEMs to build a range of Smart IP an exclusive agreement with mobile communications specialist Telit, covering the UK and Ireland.

Telit develops, designs and manufactures GSM/GPRS-CDMA and UMTS/HSDPA-based mobile communications products for machine to machine (M2M) applications. The agreement covers Telit’s M2M modules, including GE864-QUAD and GE864-PY modules, claimed to be the smallest and only BGA-mounted GSM/GPRS modules available. BGA mounting is claimed to increase reliability and reduce costs, as no connectors are needed.

Digi-Key (www.digikey.com) has also recently signed a wireless technology agreement, this time with Free2Move AB, a Swedish fabless wireless technology company, specialising in Bluetooth modules as well as wirelesss communications modules, RFID and sensing systems and wireless-enabled SBCs (single board computers). Free2Move’s modules have integral software for data and audio communication and can be surface mounted. The distributor also supplies the company’s serial port plug adapter for plug and play serial connection between devices. Development tools are planned for prototype or design quantities.

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