Digi-Key has bolstered its position in the low-power 802.11 WiFi market by signing a global distribution agreement with Gainspan.

GainSpan offers solutions in low-power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things. Its system-on-chip (SoC) modules and software allow customers to leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy, and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. The solutions feature an ultra-low-power SoC that consumes a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms.

“Digi-Key is not only respected by design engineers worldwide, but is also recognised as the “go-to” catalogue distributor, with the ability to ship same day, anywhere in the world,” said David Casey, vice president of worldwide sales at GainSpan. “Adding Digi-Key as our channel partner will significantly expand GainSpan’s global reach and provide a world-class online resource for design engineers looking for the latest in ‘Internet of Things’ Wi-Fi.”

Heavily involved in the embedded space, GainSpan offers solutions for low-cost MCUs from many of the top suppliers, and offers the ability to manipulate 802.11 radio communications, enabling fast, secure connectivity while remaining a very low power solution.

“Integrating wireless connectivity has become an overreaching theme for designers today,” said Mark Zack, vice president, global semiconductor product at Digi-Key. “GainSpan’s low-power Wi-Fi solutions allow for simple integration into numerous applications. We are excited to offer these products to our global customer base.”

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