Richardson Electronics Ltd. announced a franchise distributor partnership agreement with Radiotronix Inc., Oklahoma City, OK. Under terms of the agreement, Richardson will distribute, on a global basis, the entire line of Wi.232 DTS and frequency hopping spread-spectrum modules, as well as the Wi.M family of developer-controlled, spread-spectrum capable products developed by Radiotronix. These modules were designed to support powerful, feature-rich radio frequency (RF)/wireless applications such as remote control, wire replacement, automated meter reading, industrial and home automation, medical, security and HVAC.

“The addition of Radiotronix compliments our growing portfolio of module products,” said Chris Marshall, vice president of Richardson’s Wireless & Broadband Communications Business Unit. “Today’s digital convergence requires non-traditional RF engineers to seek a radio systems architecture. The ability of Radiotronix to provide the Wi.232 product family with complete pre-approved FCC certification, allows Richardson Electronics to continuously expand our wireless customer base. The integrated functionality Radiotronix provides eliminates NRE, reduces production costs significantly and allows rapid time-to-market.”

The new Wi.232™ modules are based on Semtech’s XE1203F RF platform. “The addition of a highly technical distributor like Richardson, and their broad international resources, allows Radiotronix to quickly support the growing demand for our products worldwide,” said Thomas Hoyt, vice president of sales for Radiotronix. Radiotronix’ embedded module products provide customers a high performance and flexible wireless design platform that allow them to get to production fast.”

In addition to the Wi.232/Wi.M modules, Richardson will also offer the Radiotronix Rapid Development Quick Start Kits. These kits support rapid evaluation and development using Evaluation Modules (EVM). These EVMs were created as an easy-to-use prototyping tool for the Wi. family of surface-mount modules. Design engineers can get a quick proof-of-concept prototype working without having to be concerned with RF-specific design considerations. Each EVM is populated with the appropriate module, an LDO regulator, an SMA connector and two-pinned headers.