RS Components (RS) has signed a franchise agreement with Abracon, a global manufacturer of frequency control, timing, synchronisation, RF, connectivity and power components. The deal covers the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions and it is an extension of the existing relationship in the US between Abracon and Allied Electronics & Automation, the trading brand of Electrocomponents in the Americas.

“RS is aligned with our values of customer service and innovation,” said Mike Calabria, CEO of Abracon. “Our existing partnership with Allied now includes RS and greatly enhances Abracon’s reach into their extensive engineering community in the European territories. RS’ significant digital business and its range of value-added services, including tools and resources for engineers through its DesignSpark community, will provide maximum support to our customers.”

Key advanced technologies for Abracon include advanced design, simulation and testing of Pierce oscillators and RF antenna systems.

Able to diagnose in-circuit performance of crystals in low power IoT devices, the Pierce oscillator system (PAS) test service exposes design flaws before they impact the application’s reliability. Antenna tuning services complement Abracon’s advanced electromagnetic simulation and design capabilities to provide customers with a fast track to market in complex RF and wireless designs.

“Building upon the existing relationship with Allied, this agreement provides an important enhancement to our portfolio,” said Andy Keenan, Vice President Category Management for Semiconductors and Passives at RS. “Abracon is delivering quartz crystal technologies to help engineers meet the low power, high performance requirements of next-generation battery-powered devices in emerging IoT applications and more.”


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