To support the launch of the new global division Future Electronics also announced a number of new worldwide franchise agreements with: Sierra Wireless (embedded cellular telephone modules); RFM (short-range RF components, ICs and modules); Qualcomm Atheros (Wi-Fi chipsets) and EnOcean (RF modules with energy harvesting capability).
Future RF and Wireless Solutions’ products will be able to support applications across the frequency range from low-frequency ICs (used for example in ultra low-power receiver ICs in active RFID tags) to the >2GHz frequencies in use in the latest high-bandwidth embedded LTE (cellular) and Wi-Fi modules, and as well as a broad RF linecard, the new division can also offer a team of specialist RF applications engineers who will provide face-to-face support to customers, advising them on system architecture and RF technology.
In Europe, dedicated regional RF applications engineers serve each of the UK and Scandinavia, Mediterranean Europe, central Europe, southern France, northern France and Benelux, and Israel.
Future RF and Wireless Solutions’ operations are backed by Future Electronics’ global supply-chain infrastructure, including a single inventory management system and linked distribution centres in North America (Memphis), Europe, Middle East and Africa (Leipzig, Germany) and Asia (Singapore).
The RF and Wireless Solutions division is a sister division of Future Lighting Solutions and follows that division’s model of offering specialist expertise to OEMs which want to introduce a new technology into end products which have not previously used it.
Ralf Bühler, Vice President and Managing Director (EMEA), of Future Electronics said: ‘Many OEMs are seeking to add RF capability to end products for cable replacement or to add connectivity to previously stand-alone devices. These manufacturers are very knowledgeable about their core product and its technology, but they often have no experience with RF.
‘Future Electronics has launched Future RF and Wireless Solutions to combine our systems-level expertise and supply-chain excellence with a focus on supporting new RF designs. This combination will help customers more successfully implement RF in their end products, ensuring they make the right choices from the beginning of the design right through to volume production.’