Avnet Silica signs franchise agreement with Arduino

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Avnet Silica has announced a franchise agreement with Arduino, the open-source hardware and software provider.

The agreement extends the availability of Arduino’s range of IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded solutions through Avnet Silica in EMEA, and expands the partnership with Avnet at a worldwide level.

From the initial easy-to-use platform for those developing interactive projects, Arduino has now become a well-known open-source electronics choice for a community that numbers approximately 30 million active users. With its PRO: Edge IoT technology, Arduino also supports companies that are interested in going beyond the concept and rapid prototyping phase to start mass production with the support of a qualified industrial partner and high-performance technological solutions.

As part of the franchise distribution agreement, Avnet Silica and Arduino are developing a complete cloud and security ecosystem, starting with the Portenta boards, based on Renesas MCUs.

“Our collaboration with Avnet Silica is not just a strategic alliance; it's a melding of visions that amplifies our capabilities exponentially. Avnet Silica's platform and expertise complements our mission to provide a holistic solution encompassing hardware, firmware, security, and cloud services, all while maintaining the user-friendly experience that Arduino is renowned for,” said Fabio Violante, CEO at Arduino. He continued, “In addition, Avnet Silica and Arduino foresee a collaboration in the area of cellular connectivity. This partnership represents a bold step forward, blending our strengths to accelerate the pace of innovation for our customers.”

“We see a great added value in partnering with Arduino, with its wide community of users and well-recognised brand,” added Lucio Fornuto, Vice President Technical Development & Demand Creation at Avnet Silica. “We look to continuously improve our offer and we believe our partnership with Arduino will increase the benefits we bring to our customers in EMEA and worldwide.”