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Digi-Key signs disty deal with Helix Semiconductors

Distributor agreement addresses growing demand for more energy-efficient power ICs in burgeoning dc-dc market


Leading electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics has entered into a global distribution partnership with fabless power semiconductor company Helix Semiconductors.

Under the terms of the agreement, Digi-Key will distribute Helix’ MxC 200 family of configurable, high-efficiency 15W dc-dc power ICs and evaluation boards worldwide.

Helix’s MxC 200 family of configurable 15W dc-dc power ICs are now available worldwide from Digi-Key. The MxC 200 takes voltage input ranging from 12-48V and converts it to selectable lower voltages, enabling it to achieve high efficiency.

The MxC 200 family consists of five monolithic, configurable, high-voltage switch capacitor ICs targeted for use in both non-isolated and isolated, buck or boost dc-dc converter applications. The product series takes voltage input ranging from 12-48V and converts it to selectable lower voltages, enabling it to achieve unprecedented high efficiency and to stay nearly flat from full load down to 5% load.

“We are very excited to bring on Helix Semiconductors as one of our newest supplier partners,” says Nick Olson, manager, semiconductor products for Digi-Key. “Their products and innovations in the world of power management are true game changers and welcome additions to our product offering.”

Target designs are machine vision and security cameras

Target applications for the MxC 200 include a wide variety of products such as machine vision and security cameras, wireless access points, IoT gateways, and VoIP phones – as well as 24V to 48V intermediate bus converter applications and 48V input telecom and other Power-over-Ethernet applications. The MxC 200 also targets products with 24V inputs, such as HVAC systems and industrial controllers.

According to Harold A. Blomquist, president and CEO of Helix Semiconductors, “Not only does Digi-Key have the world’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, their reputation is unparalleled in the channel. Selecting them as our global distribution partner was the obvious choice. Last year, Digi-Key experienced 35% growth and received over 100 million visits to their website. Their total customer base spans more than 500,000 in over 170 countries. Now this massive audience will see products from Helix Semiconductors. By expanding our sales channel and making it easy for customers to get our evaluation boards and parts quickly, Digi-Key is playing a critical role in our mission to make more efficient, smaller, lighter, cooler power supplies and products possible.”

Helix’s MxC 200 family of configurable 15W dc-dc power ICs are now available worldwide from Digi-Key. The MxC 200 takes voltage input ranging from 12-48V and converts it to selectable lower voltages, enabling it to achieve unprecedented high efficiency.