Avnet expands product offering with three new deals

Phoenix, Ariz. — Avnet Inc. has expanded its line card thanks to two new distribution agreements with Energy Micro and Micross Components and the availability of two new power management ICs (PMICs) from Texas Instruments Inc. (TI).

Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia has signed a contract for distribution of Energy Micro’s ultra-low-power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller, extending their pan-European and pan-American agreements. Avnet now represents Energy Micro in Asia, Europe and the Americas, giving customers a single global source for these microcontrollers.

Energy Micro’s energy friendly microcontrollers are based on the ARM Cortex-M3 architecture, and target applications such as metering, home & building, alarm & security and medical devices that are looking to become more energy efficient.

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas inked a distribution agreement with high-reliability, memory producer Micross Components (formerly Austin Semiconductor). The agreement allows Avnet to sell the company’s entire line of QML-certified (qualified manufacturers list) and ISO 9001/AS9100 registered semiconductor products to the military, aerospace, transportation, industrial, embedded and medical markets in North America.

Micross offers both standard and specialty memory products including SRAM, SDRAM, DDR and EEPROM. The company also offers commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) up-screened products, solid state disk on chip (SSDoC) solutions, along with its line of high-reliability integrated plastic encapsulated microcircuits (iPEMs).

Avnet Express has announced the availability of TI’s latest PMICs. The TPS82671 and TPS84620 products are in-stock and available for same-day shipping when ordered on by 8 p.m. CST.

Avnet said these high-density power solutions for point-of-load designs offer greater power concentration and increased performance for customers designing for portable electronics, communications and industrial applications. At 6.7 mm2, TI’s TPS82671 is touted as the industry’s smallest 600-mA integrated plug-in power solution. The TPS82671 is well-suited for low-power performance applications such as cell phones, portable audio/video, digital TV, WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth, and portable medical devices.

The TPS84620 is a highly integrated 6-A, 14.5-V point-of-load solution with 30 percent better thermal dissipation compared to competitor solutions, according to Avnet. The QFN package simplifies design layout by combining the inductor and passives onto one device and requires only three external components.