Symmetry Electronics to Distribute GainSpan Ultra Low Power Wireless Solutions

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Symmetry Electronics, a growing leader in design oriented semiconductor distribution, announced today that it has signed an agreement to add GainSpan, a leading provider of ultra-low power embedded WiFi solutions, to its line card.

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The GainSpan line enhances our existing wireless component inventory with a product family that eliminates the complexity and cost typically associated with Wi-Fi implementation.

Symmetry Electronics, a growing leader in design oriented semiconductor distribution, announced today that it has signed an agreement to add GainSpan, a leading provider of ultra-low power embedded Wi-Fi solutions, to its line card.

Under the terms of the agreement, Symmetry Electronics is authorized to promote and sell the complete line of GainSpan products to its worldwide customer base as well as online through the award-winning ecommerce site, SemiconductorStore.com. The GainSpan portfolio consists of ultra low power embedded Wi-Fi chips, modules, and evaluation kits with feature rich networking stack.

The GS1011 is an industry leading Wi-Fi SoC (system-on-chip) to have a secondary "network" processor to offload Wi-Fi services, and if required the networking stack, from any 8/16/32 bit host application processor. Its high level of chip integration and advanced power management techniques significantly reduce power consumption without compromising Wi-Fi compatibility. Offering one of the lowest power idle states available as well as "fast wake-up," the GS1011 SoC and GS1011M modules are a perfect match for low power, multi-year battery life applications.

Highly scalable, reliable, manageable and secure, GainSpan GS1011M and GS1500M modules are designed to provide wireless links for embedded applications and wireless sensor networks, to connect to widely available IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Wi-Fi) access points, smartphones and PDAs. These features make the GainSpan line ideal for use in a broad array of applications such as healthcare, smart energy, consumer and commercial/building automation.

“In recent years, Symmetry Electronics has seen an exponential increase in demand for Wi-Fi chips that are both easy-to-implement and have a low impact on design budget. The GainSpan line enhances our existing wireless component inventory with a product family that eliminates the complexity and cost typically associated with Wi-Fi implementation,” said Gil Zaharoni, Symmetry Electronics’ CEO. “Our wireless engineers have spent a great deal of time seeking out a supplier with the ability to accommodate the needs of our expanding (wireless) customer base. GainSpan’s position on developing leading edge technology will allow us to meet those needs and brings to this partnership, a level of satisfaction that simply could not be found elsewhere.”

“We are excited to work closely with Symmetry as GainSpan continues to expand its global presence,” said David Casey, vice president of worldwide sales for GainSpan. “Symmetry’s clear focus on wireless, and especially low-power Wi-Fi for the embedded space, makes them a strong partner for the broadening of our sales channel. Symmetry also has the application expertise to support wireless designs and I am confident they will help GainSpan further expand its market presence in the North and South American markets.”

About Symmetry Electronics
Founded in 1998, Symmetry Electronics Corp. is a supplier-authorized, global distributor specializing in the distribution of wireless, video, and embedded semiconductor products. Symmetry provides sales, logistics, design and manufacturing support from its world headquarters in Southern California, local field offices and a robust ecommerce and einformation website SemiconductorStore.com. Symmetry Electronics is ISO9001:2008 certified and supports its customer base with factory trained FAEs, deep inventory, and product selection expertise. For more information on Symmetry Electronics or to view their complete line card, visit SymmetryElectronics.com.

About GainSpan
GainSpan is a leading ultra-low power embedded Wi-Fi semiconductor solutions company focused on connecting Things to the Internet, and People to Things. With easy to use system- on-chip (SoC), modules and software, GainSpan enables customers to leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create new connected embedded products for healthcare, smart energy and control and monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. GainSpan solutions feature an ultra low power SoC that consumes just a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in just a few ms, ideal for battery operated devices requiring long battery life. The Wi-Fi chip also handles all Wi-Fi functionalities, networking and security stacks, offloading when required the host microcontroller and accelerating wireless device development cycles. GainSpan is based in San Jose, CA, with R&D in Bangalore, India.

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