20 August 2010


Digi-Key to distribute Opto Diode’s products worldwide

Opto Diode Corp of Newbury Park, CA, USA, which manufactures visible and infrared (IR) LEDs, LED arrays, silicon and gallium aluminum arsenide (GaAlAs) photodiodes and optoelectronic assemblies, has entered into an agreement for electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp of Thief River Falls, MN, USA to distribute its products worldwide.

Opto Diode products are now in stock and available via Digi-Key’s global websites, and will also be featured in future print and online catalogs.

Typical applications include photo-electric controls; medical, scientific and industrial fluorescence; guided missile systems, ophthalmology, LED-based tracking systems for surgery, vending machines and aviation lighting.

“This new partnership with Opto Diode affirms Digi-Key’s commitment to work with the world's leading suppliers and provide the distribution industry’s widest selection of electronic components to our global customers,” says Dave Doherty, Digi-Key’s vice president of semiconductor. Digi-Key serves a global customer base from its 600,000ft2 facility.

“Opto Diode is looking forward to the many customer benefits of teaming with an international distributor that strives to keep all parts in stock,” says Opto Diode’s general manager Russ Dahl.

Founded in 1981, Opto Diode Corp was acquired in October 2008 by Illinois Tools Works Inc (ITW) of Glenview, IL, joining in ITW’s Opto Electronics Group with fellow subsidiaries Lumex, which designs and manufactures user-interface technology (optoelectronic components, devices and displays), and Cal Sensors, which makes lead selenide (PbSe) and lead sulfide (PbS) infrared detectors, arrays and emitters.

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