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DecaWave Broadens Reach with Digi-Key; Responds to Increasing Demand for M2M Connectivity Technology

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with DecaWave Limited, a semiconductor industry innovator responsible for integrating its IR-UWB technology into its ScenSor line which offers industry-first measurement, indoor location and communications functionality.

Irish fabless semiconductor manufacturer DecaWave has developed its ScenSor family of IR-UWB ICs to provide developers with the ability to locate tagged indoor objects to a precision of 10 cm at a distance of up to 300 m in line-of-sight mode and 40 m in non-line-of-sight mode.

The DW1000 is a complete, single-chip CMOS Ultra-Wideband IC based on the IEEE802.15.4-2011 standard. The DW1000 is the first in the DecaWave ScenSor family of parts, operating at data rates of 110 kbps, 850 kbps, and 6.8 Mbps.

In addition, Digi-Key currently stocks the newly released DWM1000, an RF module integrating the DW1000, antenna, balun, and crystal. This module is ideal for prototyping and low- to mid-volume applications as it reduces development time and, thereby, the need for an in-house RF expert.

“Advances in connectivity technology are top-of-mind and DecaWave’s innovative solutions are quickly becoming an integral part of the IoT movement,” said Chris Beeson, Digi-Key Executive Vice President, Sales and Supplier Development. “Our customers will benefit from the design versatility of the ICs where location technology is enabling next-generation M2M communications across multiple vertical industries.”

Industry applications for the DecaWave ICs include agriculture, automotive, EPOS/retail, factory automation, healthcare, safety/security, smart buildings, smartphones, warehousing/logistics, and wireless gateways.

"We are pleased to have Digi-Key as an authorized distribution point for our products,” said Mike Clancy, VP of Sales at DecaWave. “In choosing Digi-Key, we have access to their top-rated and highly-trafficked website. In addition, Digi-Key ships 99% of all orders the same day they are placed, while in-stock products have no lead-time, providing exceptional value to engineers around the world. We are excited at the prospect of this partnership.”

The new products from DecaWave are now available at www.digikey.com.

About DecaWave Limited

DecaWave is a pioneering Fabless Semiconductor Company developing a full family of single chip CMOS products based on the IEEE802.15.4a standard. DecaWave's DW1000 is the world's first single chip UWB transceiver, enabling development of cost effective RTLS solutions with precise indoor and outdoor positioning to within 10 cm. The DW1000 is also aiming at “Internet of Things” applications thanks to up to 6.8 Mbps communication capability. www.decawave.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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