Nordic Semiconductor BLE Wireless Chips Expand Digi-Key's IoT Solution Lineup

Ultra-low power, Bluetooth Low Energy Modules from Nordic Semiconductor Serve to Further Develop Digi-Key’s Robust Suite of M2M Connectivity Solutions

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 25, 2014 — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced a global distribution agreement with Nordic Semiconductor, a leading provider of ARM-based Bluetooth Low Energy solutions.

Mark Zack, Vice President of Global Semiconductor Product, Digi-Key Corporation (Photo: Digi-Key Cor ...

Mark Zack, Vice President of Global Semiconductor Product, Digi-Key Corporation (Photo: Digi-Key Corporation)

Nordic Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra-low power (ULP) short-range wireless communication in the license-free 2.4 GHz and sub-1-GHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) bands. Nordic's ULP wireless solutions enable customers to build wireless connectivity into everything from mainstream consumer RF remote controls through to the most advanced and innovative 'game-changing' wireless devices – while meeting or exceeding end users' expectations in terms of features, performance, and price.

“When creating a new product, the power budget is often at the top of design requirements, especially in areas such as mobile devices,” said 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 offered by Nordic address this area and provide a welcome addition to our BLE 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.”

The company has also been the primary chipset provider for the ANT/ANT+ protocol, positioning Nordic as a leading health and fitness solution provider. Not limited to health and fitness, however, the company’s products are ideal for most any application requiring embedded wireless functionality, providing a simple solution for designers seeking M2M connectivity for the Internet of Things.

“Digi-Key is without question one of the world's leading semiconductor and electronic component distributors supplying design solutions that customers want, supported by a fantastic website and world-class customer service and supply chain capabilities,” states J. Darren O'Donnell, Nordic's Director of Sales for the Americas. “As such, Nordic Semiconductor is very excited to add Digi-Key to its distribution partner lineup. 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."

To learn more about Nordic Semiconductor’s BLE solutions, visit www.digikey.com.

About Nordic Semiconductor

Nordic Semiconductor ('Nordic') is a Norwegian fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra-low power (ULP) short-range wireless communication in the license-free 2.4GHz and sub-1-GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands. A pioneer and market leader in the field of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology, Nordic provides ultra-low power wireless solutions for the ‘Internet of Things’, and currently serves as Chairman of the Bluetooth SIG, a special interest group with over 19,000 member companies. The company is publicly traded on the Oslo stock exchange (OSE: NOD). For more information, visit www.nordicsemi.com.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.



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