ON Semiconductor Named Digi-Key as Global High Service Distributor of the Year 2019

Digi-Key Electronics was named ON Semiconductor’s Global High Service Distributor for 2019. The Top 2019 High Service Distribution Partner Award honors the distributor that led the channel in digital marketing initiatives and sales of ON Semiconductor’s products. Digi-Key was recognized for partnering in inventory management and scoring highly on overall process excellence.

“I’d like to congratulate Digi-Key for being named our global high service distributor of the year for 2019,” said Jeff Thomson, senior VP of global channel sales for ON Semiconductor. “With distribution remaining the fastest channel to market for our business, it’s critical we have partners like Digi-Key.” Approximately 60 percent of  ON Semiconductor’s business results from distribution sales, and distribution remains the fastest channel to market.

“Digi-Key is proud to receive this prestigious award from ON Semiconductor,” said David Stein, vice president of global supplier management at Digi-Key. Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 10 million products, with over 2.2 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 quality name-brand manufacturers.

Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.

For additional information:  www.digikey.com and on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and LinkedIn.

Inomize Selected Synopsys’ 56G Ethernet PHY IP

Synopsys announced that Inomize from Israel selected its DesignWare® 56G Ethernet PHY IP, for the development of its high-performance computing, software-defined radio (SDR), and power-efficient communications System-on-Chip (SoC). Inomize is using  Synopsys’  PHY IP for the design of transmitter and receiver architecture, and to ensure robust operation in harsh conditions. The DesignWare 56G Ethernet PHY is available now in 16/12/7-nm FinFET processes.

Established in 2007, Inomize is an ASIC design company, with R&D offices both in Israel and the UK. It provides Analog, Digital and Mix Signal ASIC, FPGA and complete systems design services. Last year it was selected by HP Indigo to develop an ASIC solution for their next generation of high-resolution industrial presses.

Inomize is also a member in the TSMC Value Chain Aggregator (VCA) program. A VCA member is an independent ASIC design service company working closely with TSMC to assist system companies, ASIC and emerging start-up companies to bring their innovation to production.


Avidgor Willenz led the funding of Quantum Machines

Israeli entrepreneur Avigdor Willenz, who recently sold Habana Labs to Intel for approximately $2 billion, led the recent funding for the Tel Aviv based Quantum Computing startup, Quantum Machines. The company announced that it has secured $17.5M in funding to accelerate the already rapid adoption of the company’s Quantum Orchestration Platform.

Quantum Machines (QM) has developed a complete hardware and software solution for the control and operation of quantum computers. Its Quantum Orchestration Platform (OPX) works with all quantum technologies, giving researchers and development teams everything they need to run the most complex quantum algorithms and experiments. It lays the ground for tackling some of the most challenging hurdles facing quantum computing, such as complex multi-qubit calibrations, quantum-error-correction, and scaling up to many hundreds of qubits.

Willenz (photo above) said that he had decided to back QM after the massive enthusiasm he’s witnessed from across the quantum computing industry. “The race to commercial quantum computers is one of the most exciting technological challenges of our generation,” said Willenz. “Our goal at QM is to make this happen faster than anticipated, and establish ourselves as an essential player in this industry.”

Quantum Machines' Quantum Orchestration Platform (OPX)
Quantum Machines’ Quantum Orchestration Platform (OPX)

QM was founded in 2018 by Drs. Itamar SivanYonatan Cohen and Nissim Ofek, three physics Ph.Ds who met at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science. Today the QM team has grown to nearly 30 employees, about half of them are physicists. The company said its Orchestration Platform has already been adopted by multinational corporations and startups. In January, 2020 the company had joinedthe IBM’s Q Network. As part of the collaboration, a compiler between IBM’s quantum computing programming languages, and those of QM will be developed.

The IBM Q Network brings together startups, research labs and Fortune 500 companies including, the University of Oxford, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ExxonMobil, Accenture and others, together with IBM scientists and engineers. IBM Q Network members have access to IBM’s quantum expertise and resources, open source Qiskit software and developer tools, and cloud-based access to the IBM Quantum Computation Center, which now includes 15 computers, including a 53-qubit system.

Digi-Key: Global Distribution Partnership with UnitedSiC

Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, announced that it has expanded its product portfolio by signing a global distribution partnership with UnitedSiC. The new partnership will provide Digi-Key customers with worldwide, 24-hour availability of UnitedSiC’s silicon carbide product portfolio.

“This partnership will expand our product line to an even wider group of power designers by leveraging Digi-Key’s world-class distribution expertise,” said Yalcin Bulut, vice president of global sales and marketing at UnitedSiC. “We will now be able to provide our SiC wideband gap technology to the markets and customers served by Digi-Key.”

UnitedSiC develops silicon carbide FET and diode power semiconductors that deliver high efficiency and performance for electric vehicle (EV) chargers, DC-DC converters and traction drives, as well as telecom/server power supplies, variable speed motor drives and solar PV inverters. The products enable an easy transition from traditional FETs to higher efficiency, faster switching and lower RDSon silicon carbide FETs.

“With ever increasing pressure on power engineers to deliver optimal efficiency and cost-effectiveness, it is critical for Digi-Key to work with companies who have market leading technology,” said David Stein, vice president of global supplier management at Digi-Key.

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 10 million products, with over 2.2 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 800 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.

For additional information:  www.digikey.com and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


RADA began the Production of Radars in The US

RADA Electronic Industries from Netanya, Israel, announced the manufacture of the first radar in its United States-based production line in Germantown, Maryland. To mark this milestone, Maryland Congressman David Trone visited the facility to welcome the new RADA employees and celebrated the delivery of its MHR radar to the US Marine Corps.

Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, said that the US subsidiary has enabled RADA “to Americanize and adapt our technologies for the needs of the US military. Our radar systems are already embedded in the US Army and US Marine Corps’ current SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) solutions, and we look forward to further empowering US defense agencies with our active protection solutions.”

Rada has developed a family of compact software-defined Tactical Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars based on Active Electronically Scanned Array antennas. They offer a wide range of operational missions: Vehicle Active Protection Systems, Hostile Fire Detection, Counter-UAV, all-threat air surveillance, 3D perimeter surveillance, and more.

Amir Sherman to Head Arrow Electronics Israel

Amir Sherman has been appointed to Manage Arrow Electronics Israel and will head Arrows activities in Israel while serving as Director Embedded Technology in Arrow Electronics Europe. In an interview with Techtime, Amir said that he will concentrate on business development and new initiatives, while Eldad Yassur continue his position as General Manager of Sales.

Amir joined Arrow Electronics Israel in 2001, as Field Engineer and later as the manager of the local Micro-controllers and Micro-processors engineering team. In 2013 he was appointed Business Development Manager for STMicroelectronics in Europe and relocated to Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to his return to Israel, Amir served as Director of Engineering Solutions & Embedded Technology at Arrow EMEA, where he was responsible for Arrow Centralized Engineering Solution Centre (ESC),  built software capabilities in Firmware, AI and IoT, and launched the Arrow Partner Program, to help customers shorten design cycles with on-demand engineering resources and experts.

FPGAs, SoMs and TI Revolution

His immediate challenge, he said, is to expand the team in Israel following Texas Instruments (TI) decision to end its relationships with most of its distributors, beside Arrow Electronics, starting in 2021. “Now we are recruiting additional team in order to support Texas Instruments sales in Israel.

“The second phase will be focused on market buildup: Pushing the sales of programmable boards based on Intel PSG (formerly Altra) FPGAs. Over the past years we have helped many companies, such as Trenz (Germany) and Exor Embedded (Italy), do develop unique Programmable SoMs. I believe they are very relevant to the Israeli market.”

Another initiative is called “Partnership with SoM customers”. What does it mean? Amir: “The idea is to find local customers who develop amazing boards and solutions, provide them with the needed components, and then make them our suppliers and sell those products to Arrow’s customers around the world. We have already did it with SolidRun, Variscite and Shiratech Solutions with huge success. For me it was just the beginning.”

Nanox Won 5,000 Units Orders for Digital X-ray CTs

Photo above: Ran Poliakine, Founder and CEO of Nano-X Imaging

Nano-X Imaging from Neve-Ilan, near Jerusalem, has signed an agreement to provide approximately 1,000 digital X-ray CT systems for medical imaging services across Australia, New Zealand and Norway. The company announced an exclusive distribution deal with The Gateway Group. Subject to receiving local regulatory approvals, the parties will collaborate on the deployment and operation of the Nanox.ARC and the Nanox.CLOUD.

The agreement guarantee a minimum service fee of $58 million per year for three years to Nanox. “We want medical imaging to be available in rural areas as well as major cities alike, and we look forward to working with the team at Gateway to help us realize this social agenda,” said Nanox, founder and CEO Ran Poliakine. This follows an agreement from February 2020 with Siemens Healthineers-backed USARAD. The companies will collaborate on the deployment of 3,000 Systems in the U.S., under Nanox’s MSaaS (Medical Screening as a Service) pay-per-scan business model.

Nanox System is comprised of the Nanox.ARC, a medical imaging system incorporating a novel digital X-ray source, as well as the Nanox.CLOUD, a companion cloud-based software that will be designed to provide an end-to-end medical imaging service expected to include image repository, radiologist matching, online and offline diagnostics review and annotation, connectivity to diagnostic assistive artificial intelligence systems, billing and reporting.

Nanox.ARC digital X-Ray imaging system
Nanox.ARC digital X-Ray imaging system

Nanox has built a novel “Electron Gun” based on a field emission array of a 100 million molybdenum Nano-cones (instead of the one metal filament used in legacy sources) enabling a controlled and steady generation of electrons using low voltage to achieve the same effect as the legacy X-ray source. The company estimates that its technology can significantly reduce the costs of medical imaging systems down to $10,000 per scanner.

According to a 2012 report from the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, approximately two-thirds of the world population did not have access to medical imaging that year, while many people with access to medical imaging face substantial wait times for scanning. The availability of a lower cost device has the potential to substantially expand medical imaging availability and services across the globe.

In January 2020 Nanox has completed a funding round of $26M with participation of strategic investor Foxconn, bringing the total funds raised for the Nanox System project to $55M thus far. Foxconn joined Fujifilm, SK Telecom, and other private investors, who have previously invested in the company.