Smart Grid: Part of a Bigger Opportunity

A few years ago the smart grid represented an opportunity for electronics companies to tap into a rapidly growing market. Thanks to new energy standards, increased public concern for energy savings; volatile gas and oil prices; potential government subsidies and advanced electronics technologies, the grid and its offshoots looked ripe for the picking. Has the…

Trimble, Digi-Key Ink Global Distribution Deal

Sunnyvale, Calif.– Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, to offer Trimble’s ThingMagic® Mercury® 6e Series and Mercury 5e Series of embedded UHF RFID modules. The ThingMagic family of award winning embedded RFID modules is used worldwide to reduce development costs and speed the time-to-market for…

What Do Design Engineers Really Want?

Most components suppliers and distributors say they primarily target audience electronics design engineers. Executives at these companies say engineers are the most important customers they aim to serve. The desire to serve design engineers is not in doubt what’s uncertain is how well components vendors and distributors really know what these customers really want. Just…

Digi-Key Inks Deal With BlueCreation

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced a distribution agreement with BlueCreation, an industry leader in the manufacture of dual-model BLE solutions. Based in the United Kingdom and focused on helping customers build innovative devices integrating wireless technologies, BlueCreation specializes in the manufacture of…

Digi-Key Powers Up Executive Team for Global Expansion

With annual revenues for 2014 projected at $1.8 billion, over 3,200 employees, nearly half a million customers, 81 localized websites and a daily fulfillment schedule that averages over 16,000 orders per day, Digi-Key Corp.’s leadership team inevitably faces complex challenges and typical operational growing pains in figuring out the best way to scale the business.…

Harwin Lauds Digi-Key

Harwin, the leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, has named electronic components distributor, Digi-Key as the winner of its Global Marketing Outreach Award. The honor reflects Digi-Key’s worldwide success in bringing Harwin’s innovative product range to market, specifically recognising the effectiveness of the distributor’s marketing campaigns which have led to strong sales growth.…

Surging China Alters Components Distribution Hierarchy

The East vs. West struggle for economic dominance and relevance is turning the global electronics components distribution market on its head. A mere nine years after it was incorporated, WPG Holdings Ltd. is threatening to upstage Arrow Electronics Inc. as the No. 2 global electronics components distributor in what is shaping up as the most…

Design Tools Proliferate in the Supply Chain

The design tool, which used to be in the realm of CAD, CAM and EDA providers, is no longer restricted to proprietary, complex, expensive and suite-level solutions. Although they differ vastly from their CAD/CAM/EDA predecessors, design tools provided by suppliers and distributors have the same goal in mind: making it easier for designers to get…

Digi-Key Enhances ‘Scheme-it’

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced new enhancements to the popular Scheme-it circuit design tool, available at no cost on the Digi-Key website. The tool was co-designed and built by Aspen Labs LLC, a business-media company focused on the needs of engineers. Often…

Digi-Key Shuttle Takes Prototype to Production

Mark Larson’s annual presentation at the Electronics Distribution Show in Las Vegas has always been a standing-room only event because the Digi-Key Corp. top executive is reputed for always delivering critical and blunt but highly valuable assessments of current industry conditions. This year was no different. Larson highlighted the dramatic changes that have taken place…