Digi-Key Corporation inks global-distribution agreement with Kionix



Electronic-components distributor Digi-Key has announced a global distribution agreement with MEMS inertial-sensor provider Kionix. Kionix provides 3-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes, and 6-axis combination products, to customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and healthcare markets. Additionally, Kionix provides embedded algorithms and advanced software, such as sensor fusion. Kionix uses a proprietary deep-silicon plasma etching process, which provides superior performance in the MEMS structure. The company's new XAC sense element delivers some of the highest stability, shock, and temperature performance in the industry and minimizes reflow work for customers. Consumer product tear-downs have shown Kionix accelerometers in products including the Xbox Kinect, Samsung Galaxy tablets, Motorola Droid mobile phones, and the Barnes and Noble Nook. Kionix products also have a strong reputation for quality and performance in the automotive and health and fitness industries. "Digi-Key is an important addition to our global distribution network," said Kenneth Salky, EVP of Sales and Marketing at Kionix. "Digi-Key's worldwide reach and reputation for customer service, logistics, and design support means that Kionix's cutting edge products now will be available quickly and easily to more design engineers than ever before." "MEMS sensor utilization has seen incredible growth in recent years," said Mark Zack, Vice President of Global Semiconductor Product at Digi-Key. "Adding a top-level supplier such as Kionix presents a great opportunity to provide new and innovative products to our customers. We are pleased to enter into this partnership." Digi-Key Kionix