Arrow Electronics to Distribute PHYTEC Rapid Development Kits

The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced it has entered into an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) to distribute PHYTEC Rapid Development Kits, powered by ADI’s Blackfin processor, to original equipment and contract manufacturers across North America. The Development Kits should enable manufacturers to differentiate their products and get them to market faster.

“Arrow is pleased to offer the PHYTEC phyCORE-BF537 single-board computer module (SBC) and Rapid Development Kits, featuring ADI’s ADSP-BF537 Blackfin processor,” said David Doherty, vice president, Supplier Services Group Semiconductor Marketing, Arrow NAC. “The PHYTEC/Blackfin solution is ideal for industrial control applications such as factory automation, instrumentation, video security and medical appliances.”

ADI’s Blackfin 16/32-bit embedded processor offers top performance and power efficiency for applications where a convergence of capabilities is important, including multi-format audio, video, voice and image processing; multi-mode baseband and packet processing; and real-time security and control processing. This combination of software flexibility and scalability has gained Blackfin widespread adoption in convergent applications such as digital home entertainment, networked and streaming media, automotive telematics and infotainment, digital radio and mobile TV.

“Blackfin addresses the industry’s ever-increasing need for high-performance, power-efficient, converged processing applications,” said Gerald McGuire, vice president, General Purpose Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Group, ADI. “The software programmability of Blackfin provides designers with a flexible solution that helps them reuse code, and ultimately get their products to market more quickly.”

The PHYTEC phyCORE-BF537 Rapid Development Kit includes an insert-ready subminiature SBC that can be used in all phases of embedded design, from evaluation to production, incorporating the essential circuitry common to all embedded applications. PHYTEC SBCs have been deployed in thousands of embedded designs, ranging from industrial control to medical, automotive, avionic and data processing applications.

“Customers can add to product capabilities and reduce industrial applications system costs by taking advantage of PHYTEC’s off-the-shelf SBCs, shortening time to market and eliminating major design issues and risks,” said Michael Mitezki, chief executive officer, PHYTEC Technologie Holding AG.

About Arrow North American Components
The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductors and passive, electromechanical and connector products, computing solutions, services and supply chain solutions tailored to serve distinct customer segments with dedicated sales teams. Two primary, customer-focused NAC groups serve these market segments: The Arrow/Zeus Electronics Group targets the aerospace and military markets, and the Arrow Electronics Components Group serves local OEM and contract manufacturing customers. Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and computer products. For more information, call a local Arrow representative at 866-910-3643.