Microwave Journal

APEI and Richardson Electronics sign global distribution agreement

June 2, 2015

APEI of Fayetteville, Ark., a world leader in wide bandgap packaging and design, announced that it finalized a global distribution agreement with Richardson Electronics, Ltd. Richardson Electronics is a global provider of engineered solutions and a leading distributor of electronic components. This agreement will support the expansion of APEI’s products into new markets and applications as the demand for wide bandgap products continues to accelerate.

“The APEI and Richardson Electronics partnership helps expand the accessibility of our products and services to broader markets, as technology manufacturers seek to design systems with increased power-density, smaller size, and higher efficiency to meet their next-generation performance requirements,” said APEI’s CEO Alex Lostetter. "Richardson Electronics draws from its own engineering and manufacturing capabilities to provide technical expertise and value-added solutions to high performance markets. Richardson and APEI are forming a strong partnership, based on the shared philosophy that customers should receive high-quality technical support throughout the duration of the design-in process – from prototyping to full-scale production.”

Chris Marshall, CTO of Richardson Electronics’ Power and Microwave Technologies Group, responded, “APEI is a technology leader in GaN and SiC high power modules, offering dramatic size and weight reductions along with the ability to operate at extreme temperatures. We expect them to be a key strategic partner in our push into global power conversion markets, lining up with our new portfolio of GaN and SiC components, IGBTs, high power capacitors and ultracaps. APEI’s strong portfolio of SiC and GaN optimized products affords system designers a previously unimaginable level of performance.”

"Both of our core business philosophies and customers are complementary, which provides us with excellent potential for rapid expansion into new market sectors,” commented Dr. Ty McNutt, director of business development for APEI. “APEI is known for its innovative design philosophies, and it is extremely important that any representation of our brand shares this approach to technology, which Richardson Electronics demonstrates with their long-standing industry reputation.”

More information is available online at www.rell.com.