Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation has signed a distribution agreement with OPTION N.V., an M2M communication specialist focusing on the “internet of things” market. Its CloudGate internet gateway platform provides a fast, low-cost connectivity solution for designers.
The platform has been designed to provide customers with significant flexibility by allowing the addition of expansion cards to one or both expansion card slots. The expansion card lineup will continue to grow and allow for future-proof design solutions.
“Digi-Key is a leading semiconductor and electronic component distributors supplying design solutions that customers want, as well as great customer service and supply chain capabilities,” explained Mr. Frank Deschuytere, CEO of OPTION. “As such Option, which is pioneering the M2M communication sector, is excited to offer our products through their channel. This will add access to Option’s CloudGate and its eco-system – including best-in-class M2M connectivity solutions to customers all over the world.”
Expandability, cloud management, and certification on all U.S. Tier 1 Network Operators are among the benefits of the OPTION CloudGate platform. These products span numerous application areas, including:
- Broadband Components
- Cellular, Mobile, and M2M connectivity
- Construction and Facility Management
- Energy, Utilities and AMI, Smart Energy
- Healthcare, Medical
- Manufacturing and OEM
- Security, Public Safety and Law Enforcement
- Retail and POS
- Transportation, Automotive and Telematics
- Wireless Infrastructure
“Growth in the cloud-connectivity sector continues to accelerate beyond our expectations,” said Mark Zack, Digi-Key Vice President, Global Semiconductor Product. “OPTION’s CloudGate technology offers a solution for those customers seeking this type of flexible solution. These devices provide excellent hardware and software development capabilities with their Linux OS and expansion card lineup, which includes Wi-Fi, RS485, as well as developer and breadboard cards, with more to come. We are excited to offer these products to our worldwide customer base.”