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Nordic Semi and Digi-Key ink global agreement


Digi-Key Corp. has signed a global distribution agreement with Norway-based low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA, covering its entire range of ULP products.

Nordic’s Bluetooth low energy solutions include the multi-award winning Nordic nRF51822 System-on-Chip (SoC) with built-in 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 CPU; the highly-integrated nRF8001 Connectivity IC; the key tag-targeted nRF8002 SoC; the nRF51422 SoC that uniquely supports both Bluetooth low energy and ANT+ wireless technology from a single chip, and all associated reference designs and development tools.

Digi-Key Corporation is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, providing more than three million products from over 650 manufacturers.

“When creating a new product, the power budget is often at the top of design requirements, especially in areas such as mobile devices,” says Mark Zack, Digi-Key vice-president for global semiconductor product. “Bluetooth low energy has become the gold standard in low power connectivity implementations and the solutions provided by Nordic Semiconductor address this area and provide a welcome addition to our Bluetooth low energy product lineup. More and more of our customers are seeking these types of devices and we are extremely optimistic about the future of this partnership.”

“This will extend access to Nordic’s full range of ultra-low power wireless chips, reference designs, and development kits – including best-in-class Bluetooth Smart solutions – to all Digi-Key customers all over the world,” says Darren O’Donnell, Nordic’s director of sales for the Americas.