Arrow pushes further into IoT distribution

Arrow Electronics, Inc. has signed a global distribution agreement with Bosch Sensortec to supply its MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) sensors worldwide.

Bosch started in the automotive sector and is now providing MEMS devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Arrow offers an extensive range of IoT solutions, from component level through to complete secure, end-to-end deployable services.

Since 1995, Bosch has designed and manufactured more than eight billion MEMS sensors and holds more than 1,000 patents on MEMS technology. The company has developed a roadmap of products with software and reference designs for mobile and IoT devices. These sensors are able to feel and sense the world around them, according to Arrow. New Bosch sensors range from highly integrated units that meet the requirements of IoT nodes for applications such as smart home and industry 4.0.

Currently Arrow’s IoT portfolio includes a hardware components, development platforms and software tools linked together by services. The company’s Things Evolved solutions include specifying hardware, carrying out system integration for IoT, implementing the cloud data platform, maintaining the network and product lifecycle management for assets that have reached the end of their operational life.

Together, Arrow and Bosch Sensortec will be pursuing opportunities for inertial, environmental and smart sensors in applications including wearables, smart home, building automation, industry 4.0, domestic robots, toys, augmented and virtual reality and drones. As multiple sensors are integrated into single devices and package sizes are shrunk to meet energy efficiency and space requirements, Bosch Sensortec’s sensor data fusion software helps to enable optimum application performance. The software separates static and dynamic acceleration, compensates for 3D tilt, eliminates magnetic distortion and identifies rest position for sensor calibration.

Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec, said this agreement brings together two of the most dynamic companies addressing the IoT, whose combined offerings can help many companies accelerating their product development, deployment and long term management.

Aiden Mitchell, global vice president of IoT sales at Arrow, added that Bosch Sensortec is well-positioned to address the proliferation of sensory edge intelligence within today’s and future IoT applications.

As an early example of the Arrow/Bosch collaboration is ARIS EDGE board, an ultra-low power wireless sensor node solution based on the Renesas Synergy hardware and software platform, designed to accelerate developers proof-of-concept and significantly reduce time-to-market.

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