THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - August 15, 2006
Digi-Key Corporation and Ember today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement by which Digi-Key will market Ember’s ZigBee compliant networking systems worldwide. Digi-Key is one of the world’s fastest growing distributors of electronic components, currently shipping products to more than 140 countries around the globe. Ember is a leading provider of networking systems, with the highest number of customer deployments worldwide.
Products include Ember’s EM250 System-on-Chip and EM260 ZigBee Co-Processor as well as InSight development kits for both platforms. Digi-Key will market Ember’s products through both its print and online catalogs with the distribution agreement enabling Digi-Key to fulfill both the design and production quantity needs of its far-reaching customer base.
“Ember’s products will significantly enhance Digi-Key’s wireless semiconductor portfolio,” said Mark Larson, Digi-key’s president and COO, “and I am certain these products will be of great interest and appeal to our customers.”
The EM250 is an 802.15.4/ZigBee compliant semiconductor system that integrates a programmable microprocessor, RF radio, network protocol stack and memory into a tiny, single-chip solution (7mm on a side). It offers companies building ZigBee-enabled products dramatic reductions in a component size, cost and power consumption, and increased range due to its very high sensitivity. Moreover, the chip’s diminutive size and power needs enable ZigBee capabilities to be embedded in products never before possible.
The EM260, also ZigBee compliant, is the world’s first ZigBee co-processor. It integrates an IEEE 802.15-4 radio, network processor and onboard memory to run a complete ZigBee network protocol stack. It offers Digi-Key customers building ZigBee-enabled products dramatic reductions in component size and cost and power consumption while delivering twice the wireless range of competitive ZigBee radios.
The InSight EM250 and EM260 Development Kits include hardware, network development and debugging software, compiler and EmberZNet mesh network stack for developing embedded applications, all delivered in a single, integrated development environment.
“A global distributor of Digi-Key’s stature carrying Ember’s products is further proof that ZigBee has become the preferred standard for low power, low cost wireless sensor and control networking,” said Ember CEO Robert LeFort. “Ember is the preferred platform of choice for ZigBee developers, and Digi-Key’s marketing muscle and distribution network will make the technology more readily available to a much wider customer base.”
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 on the Digi-Key website.
About Ember Corporation
Ember enables communication among embedded microcontrollers with standards-based wireless mesh networking semiconductors and software. Ember helps its customers to automate home appliances, lower energy consumption in buildings, keep borders and infrastructure secure, and control industrial processes, just to name four of the many diverse applications being developed by Ember’s more than 100 customers. Spun out of MIT in 2001, Ember is headquartered in Boston and has its radio development center in Cambridge, England, and distributors worldwide. Ember is a lead member of the ZigBee Alliance, and its platform is the National Technical Systems’ (NTS) “Golden Suite” for 802.15.4/ZigBee interoperability testing. For more information, please visit www.ember.com.