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Digi-Key and Option N.V. Ink Distribution Pact

May 21, 2014

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp., a provider of electronic component selection, availability and delivery, announced a distribution agreement with Option N.V., an M2M communication provider of solutions for the Internet of Things.

According to a release, Option's CloudGate internet gateway platform provides a fast, low-cost connectivity solution to designers. The platform provides customers significant flexibility by allowing 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 without question one of the world's leading semiconductor and electronic component distributors supplying design solutions that customers want, world-class customer service and supply chain capabilities, all supported by a fantastic website," states Frank Deschuytere, CEO of Option. "As such Option, which is pioneering the M2M communication sector, is very excited to offer our products through Digi-Key's 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 highlight 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 cloud-connectivity sectors continues to accelerate beyond our expectations," said Mark Zack, Digi-Key Vice President, Global Semiconductor Product. "Option's CloudGate technology offers an excellent solution for 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."

More information:

www.digikey.com

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